I spent New Years Day 2015 with my good friend of 20 years, Jewelry Designer Dean Harris at his apartment in the city.
Dean's table is called a "spider's nest". It's actually a "chair" upon which the chief
of an African village would have sat. It's made from a single piece of wood.
These are hand-made specially designed opal earrings from Dean's collection.
The energies of rare and exotic crystals and art make for great ambiance.
We had fun making these videos. I also learned a lot along the way.
From Dean: The gentrification of New York can be summed up on the block on which I live - West 18th Street Between 7th & 8th Avenues. The photo of you in front of 'Room & Board' is where Barney's Co-Op used to be. Twitter will now be located in the top floors of that building. Down the street, Google purchased the entire old Port Authority building for a billion dollars a few years ago (it was the only bldg in Chelsea with power during tropical storm Sandy).
Approximately, thirty years ago, this neighborhood was mainly latino & a rough place to live. My building had bullet holes in the walls when I moved in. But, all that has changed. The Verizon building was re-branded as the "Walker Tower" & is now the most expensive piece of residential real estate south of 34th street. The top penthouse was for sale for $55,000,000 & Cameron Diaz now lives in the building. Barney's New York, which was at 7th avenue & 17th, left the neighborhood, but will now return in 2016.
The gay guys who populated the west village have migrated up to Hells Kitchen (now called 'HellSea'). The Yupsters (Yuppie Hipsters -- yes I made that up !) eat at their kale at Westville & drink their coffee from one of the 4 (!) Starbucks that line 8th avenue.
The edge of the city almost completely whitewashed over beginning with Giuliani. Is it a bad thing? No. It's simply change. All seen from my doorstep.
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