[17 Oct 2014 | No Comment]
New York – architecture to look up

The New York skyline is one familiar to us all, but away from the tourist landmarks some of the best architectural discoveries can be found by walking the streets and simply looking up. For those who love 20th century architecture there’s a towering treat around every corner. Here are five of my favourite finds:

National Maritime Union Headquarters, 36 Seventh Avenue (built 1963)

The National Maritime Union Headquarters, named after its founder and president Joseph Curran, was built by New Orleans architect Albert C. Ledner in 1963 – its white scalloped façade, rooftop ‘smokestack’ elevator and glass brick base designed to represent a sea voyage in the heart of the city.

In 1973 the building was bought by Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center, located across the street, and renamed the Edward and Theresa O’Toole Medical Services Building. Greenwich Villagers nearly lost the Modernist marvel in 2008 when the Landmarks Preservation Commission granted St. Vincent’s application to replace the building with a hospital tower, but the hospital closed in 2010 before work could begin.

Fortunately for fans of the Midcentury ‘Marmite’ building, Ledner’s Seventh Avenue ship has since been anchored and restored by the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System for use as an emergency room and medical centre.

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[25 Oct 2014 | No Comment]
Preston Manor ghost tours – do you dare?

Ditch the horror movies for some real life spooks this Halloween with Preston Manor’s ghost tours and haunted house experiences. Named “the most haunted house in Brighton” by Living TV’s Most Haunted!

Fashion, Featured »

[19 Oct 2014 | No Comment]
Wear Wolf & Gypsy to get 20% off

Wolf & Gypsy is hosting a Halloween promotion on Instagram throughout October, inviting customers to upload a photo wearing W&G threads with the hashtag #wearwolfandgypsyvintage to receive 20% off a purchase in November.

Decor, Elsewhere, Headline »

[17 Oct 2014 | No Comment]
New York – architecture to look up

The New York skyline is one familiar to us all, but away from the tourist landmarks some of the best architectural discoveries can be found by walking the streets and simply looking up. For those who love 20th century architecture there’s a towering treat around every corner. Here are five of my favourite finds:

National Maritime Union Headquarters, 36 Seventh Avenue (built 1963)

The National Maritime Union Headquarters, named after its founder and president Joseph Curran, was built by New Orleans architect Albert C. Ledner in 1963 – its white scalloped façade, rooftop ‘smokestack’ elevator and glass brick base designed to represent a sea voyage in the heart of the city.

In 1973 the building was bought by Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center, located across the street, and renamed the Edward and Theresa O’Toole Medical Services Building. Greenwich Villagers nearly lost the Modernist marvel in 2008 when the Landmarks Preservation Commission granted St. Vincent’s application to replace the building with a hospital tower, but the hospital closed in 2010 before work could begin.

Fortunately for fans of the Midcentury ‘Marmite’ building, Ledner’s Seventh Avenue ship has since been anchored and restored by the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System for use as an emergency room and medical centre.

Events, Featured »

[1 Oct 2014 | No Comment]
I Charleston Brighton video

A local dance group has released a video showing over 80 dancers performing the Charleston all across Brighton and Hove. It joins 70 similar shoots that form the I Charleston the World series.

Decor, Featured »

[1 Oct 2014 | No Comment]
Alcampo, Verano, Modelo – do you Lounge?

Friends Jake, Alex and Dave opened their first vintage-inspired coffee shop/bar/restaurant hybrid in Bristol back in 2002 and have recently added three Brighton & Hove premises to their now 48-lounge-strong empire.

Fashion, Featured »

[27 Sep 2014 | No Comment]
Brighton Vintage Wedding Dresses

A new appointment-only vintage bridal boutique has opened near Portland Road in Hove, offering vintage and pre-loved dresses from just £140.

Elsewhere, Featured »

[21 Sep 2014 | No Comment]
Dieppe & Rouen – buildings with history

Looking back at the long summer we’ve been blessed with this year, the stand out photos are from our annual trip to Dieppe – a modest French seaside resort with a fascinating front.

Events, Fashion, Featured »

[13 Sep 2014 | No Comment]
5 things I learnt at Sew in Brighton

When booking onto Sew in Brighton’s Rework Your Wardrobe workshop I missed the line about having to have previous basic experience. I have zero experience, but wanted to know how to take up vintage dresses so I can take my friends’ machines for a spin.