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Sept 05, 2013
The Market NYC, the Hidden Shopping Secret of the Village
Despite the gentrification of Greenwich Village and its exuberant high rents that only chain stores seem to afford, an independent and creative spirit continues to thrive off of Bleecker Street, called The Market NYC.
Thanks to this concept, more than 40 local and independent artists, designers, and entrepreneurs can afford a retail platform in the Village. “It would’ve been impossible to have retail presence in the City on our own,” says artists and jewelry designer Pooh.
From designer clothes and jewelry to vintage, art books and hand-made soap, The Market NYC pulsates with creativity.
“We’re like a family, very supportive of each other. We even collaborate,” says artists P.J. Cobbs, who used to sell her art at Union Square. “Here, I’m in control
of how I display my art.”
On any day, visitors can buy the most original designs and watch artisans at work, from designers
sewing garments to silversmiths crafting rings. Terry Peikin, a lamp designer, says, “Having a little
shop in Greenwich Village is a beautiful thing.”
The founders of The Market NYC are designers themselves. Twelve years ago, they were looking
for ways to sell their creations, but back then the only way to sell was on consignment basis in
boutiques or on open day at Henri Bendel. The founders needed a different venue so the idea for
this unique market, the first of its kind in NYC, was born.
Thousands of shoppers flock to the market every week, including celebrities, such as Brooke Shields,
Robert De Niro, Tyra Banks, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
So, next time you’re strolling down Bleecker, check out the Market and support local artists.
Perhaps, you’ll spot a celebrity, too.
Terry Peikin describes it best, “There’s nothing like it in New York City.”
The Market NYC is located at 159 Bleecker Street.
January 24, 2013
MINE: TAKE WHAT'S YOURS!
MINE, a new exhibition at UNDERLINE Gallery on W. 14th Street, investigates the widespread obsession with gold — visually, economically, and socially — in its many capacities. The featured artists (representing six different countries and five different U.S. cities) use the color and medium to explore the intoxicating and illusory character of this mesmerizing substance. Drawing upon the rich symbolism of gold, they consider themes of the material and the immaterial—from commoditization to mysticism—while reinvigorating the traditions of gilding, gold leaf, and gold plating. The curatorial style of handling gold as a currency relates to the artist and craftsperson’s manipulation of it as a medium. From gold-plated taxonomy to powder-coated steel shot with bullet holes, the collection of work underscores
the malleability of the element.
238 W. 14th Street
T 212 242-2427
February 14, 2012
Guest take wing at Jane Ballroom!
The Jane Ballroom was stocked with flighty guests Sunday: Live monarch butterflies flew free around an Edun fashion line and Ryan McGinley bash celebrating their “Beautiful Rebels” campaign. The critters were supposed to be in cages but kept escaping. “They were flying around the room and sitting on people,” said a spy. Jefferson Hack, whose Web site Nowness also planned the bash, was spotted corralling the beauteous bugs before they could land in cocktails cradled by guests including Jeff Koons and Courtney Love.
Another ethereal Fashion Week fete was thrown Sunday by Ennio Capasa for Tim Hailand's photo book “One Day in the Life of Robert Wilson’s ‘The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic.’” It was at a 9,000-square-foot, West Village townhouse, up for rent at $75,000 a month and
turned into an exhibition space with installations and bars. Heads were turned by Terence Koh’s full-on
furry cocoon outfit, with one fashionista remarking, “You cannot go wrong with white monkey fur.”
A Country Dog Finds a Home in the West Village.
By Serena Solomon
WEST VILLAGE — When a three-month-old Border Collie called Sky arrived in the West Village, it appeared that the puppy's early life on a North Carolina farm hadn't quite prepared her for her stylish new neighborhood.
On a walk with her owner Carol Lea Benjamin through the West Village's leafy streets, Sky encountered two dogs dressed in stylish sheepskincoats and immediately
stopped dead in her tracks, begging to be picked up. Four years later, however, Sky is proof that a
country dog can learn a whole lot of city tricks.
"I knew her training was complete when we ran into this woman with a chihuahua in a pink tutu and
Sky stopped to play," said Benjamin, an author and world-renowned dog trainer.
"I said 'O.K we have come a long way from the farm.'"
Sky now takes a staring role in Benjamin's new book, "Do Border Collies Dream of Sheep?" which
tells the tale of how two dogs from the same litter were trained into service dogs. One is May, who
became a sheep dog in North Carolina where the two were born. The other is Sky, who assists
Benjamin with what she calls her invisible disability — the inflammatory bowel disease Crohn's.
The book was co-authored with May's owner, C. Denise Wall, but for Benjamin her part has taken a
lifetime to write.
"This was a huge, huge book for me," Benjamin said of the story that reveals how the wolf-like
qualities of Border Collies contribute to their working life.
Benjamin, who also wrote the best selling book "Mother Knows Best: the Natural Way to Train
Your Dog," trained Sky to assists her during random bouts of excruciating pain caused by Crohn's
"She leans against my side when there is intestinal pain. It is the heat, the energy and the pressure,
" she said. Without any command, Sky can sense when she is in pain.
According to Benjamin, the very presence of the dog triggers endorphins that diminish the body's
response to pain.
Benjamin recalls that life in the West Village with a service dog was challenging at first. Cafés and
restaurants refused Benjamin service because of her constant four-legged companion.
Now, Benjamin takes Sky to local cafes, such as Meme's on Hudson and Bank Streets or for a walk
along the Highline. She even goes to the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers with Sky by her side.
"When I am with Sky I feel perfectly normal," Benjamin said.
A New Series from GVSHP
Focus on 13th Street
New construction within the various designated historic districts in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo must go through a rigorous public hearing and review process. This affords the public the opportunity to speak to and hear from architects about their thoughts on appropriate design for their neighborhoods, with the Landmarks Preservation Commission charged with making the final call on “appropriateness.” However,...when new construction takes place outside of designated historic districts, typically there is no public hearing or review process for the design, and little or no dialogue with the public about it. Though these buildings may have just as profound an aesthetic effect upon their surroundings, decisions about materials, design, and context are generally made solely by the architect and client, based upon practical considerations
and their own perspective.
In this new series of Architects Talks, GVSHP invites the architects of several new buildings in our
neighborhoods with interesting responses to their contexts and design challenges to engage in a
post-facto talk about their design choices and processes. The first series focuses on 13th Street,
where a series of new designs play with the traditional and the modern, relating to and standing
out from their surroundings.
A New Series from GVSHP
Jane Jacobs, OC, O.Ont (May 4, 1916–April 25, 2006) was an American-born Canadian writer and activist with primary interest in communities and urban planning and decay. She is best known for The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), a powerful critique of the urban renewal policies of the 1950s in the United States. The book has been credited with reaching beyond planning issues to influence the spirit of the times.
Along with her well-known printed works, Jacobs is equally well-known for organizing grassroots efforts to block urban-renewal projects that would have destroyed local neighborhoods. She was instrumental in the eventual cancellation of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, and after moving to Canada in 1968, equally influential in canceling the Spadina Expressway and the associated network of highways under construction.