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Friday, November 18, 2011

Black, White+Yellow: A NY State of Mind

Reading the October issue of UK Elle Decoration, it appears that black, white, grey and yellow are the hot new colours of the winter season. These colours always remind me of New York City; the yellow taxi cabs, the flashing neon lights, the windows of the skyscrapers at night. If cities could be catalogued according to colour, then London would be red and black, Paris would be beige, black and gold, Miami would be turquoise and pink, and New York would be monochromatics with a splash of brash old yellow in between.

Here are some of my favourite photographs of New York showing its (highly fashionable) signature colours...

Classic scenes of Fifth Avenue, New York

Yet more Fifth Avenue extravagance...

The beautiful lines of the New York Public Library
(and these are just the ones on the outside)

The charm of Balthazar's Bakery, SoHo

The fabulousness of Freeman's taxidermy-themed restaurant
The further fabulousness of Freeman's clothing store

A fitting sign in the Garment District
The golden glamour of the Kelly Wearstler-designed BG cafe, on the top floor of Bergdorf Goodman (a place that has some of the best views in the city).
One of the classic New York views from BG Cafe on the top of Bergdorf Goodman
The stylish windows of Bergdorf Goodman 
(The store's visual displays are so famous, it recently published a book on them; Windows of Bergdorf Goodman, by Assouline, for the hefty price of $550.)
The elegantly ornate balconies of Henri Bendel department store
A collage of Manhattan memories
A great character at the always-entertaining Tompkins Square Park dog run

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