The last time I visited Pier 17, or as it’s more often called, the South Street Seaport, was for a business meeting. I couldn’t help but notice a lot of construction going on. However, I was there for work, not for pleasure so I completely forgot about this visit.
Then I spotted an article in Travel & Leisure’s April 2018 issue written by Lila Battis with the title On the Waterfront and a subtitle saying, “New York City’s once-snoozy South Street Seaport is finally springing back to life.”
Photo: Courtesy of Travel & Leisure, April 2018. Note the cobblestone street
That one sentence explained the messy, ripped-up look that I had seen earlier. She goes on to write “In 2017, developers launched a campaign to infuse the area (now called Seaport District NYC) with creative energy that would draw locals and tourists in equal measure.” Interested?
Then, let’s take a closer look at the revival of this waterfront area that is nearly as old as the city itself – and see how it will be this year and far beyond. We hope.
First, smaller merchants have mostly supplanted or outlived the retail giants. Take a look.
Hats off to tradition at Bowne & Co.
Now I noticed – as we all have – that cobblestone streets are very popular in this part of New York City. They look great and are “not so great” to walk on – especially if you’re a female wearing heels. Which brings me to this: over the past year or so I’ve seen reports about heels that convert to flats.
Low heels here High heels here Same shoe for both
Photo courtesy of the New York Post, 4/2/18
Frankly, I think the idea is fantastic. Do you know how many times I’ve seen well-dressed women in this town switching shoes in the office or standing in doorways on the street doing this one-foot dance?
In the New York Post, Monday, April 2, 2018 an update on this shoe, penned by Catherine Kast and titled Pump It Up appeared with the subhead “A new brand promises a shoe revolution – heels that convert to flats on the go – but are they too good to be true?”
This brilliant idea has come from entrepreneur Melody Avecilla, a former flight attendant with a MBA, who runs the California-based company, called RUNWAY HEELS. (Why are so many terrific ideas always bubbling up in California? Is there something in the water?) Avecilla sent a sample pair to the New York Post and Oh. My. God. They Look Terrific! One of the paper’s fashion editors said, “These are actually pretty chic.”
To convert the flats to heels you push a button on the inner side of the sole and the heel springs out from the bottom of the shoe. Co-founder and shoemaker, Miguel Rodriguez told Kast “the steel-and-aluminum heel was tested to hold 300 lbs.”
Runway Heels is still tweaking their design but, fingers crossed, I’d love to see this company make a success of this incredibly unique and new idea. CLICK HERE to learn more about these fab shoes.
UPDATE: In the New York Post, 5/15/18, the American actress Kristen Stewart rebelled against the Cannes Film Festival’s controversial flat-shoe ban. “Heelgate” began in 2015 when a group of women wearing flats were banned from a screening. The festival insists heels are obligatory for women at red-carpet screenings – this sparked some pointed responses from actresses.
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I just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.
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