The “new home” part of this post title is not be taken literally, folks. Anyone who does needs their head examined. An apartment in Tribeca goes for about $1.6 million, and I subsist on art model’s pay. Need I elaborate?
I’m referring, of course, to my new professional home, the New York Academy of Art, which is located in one of New York City’s most unique and appealing neighborhoods – Tribeca. Ok, so I can’t afford a 1500 square foot loft on Hudson Street. I can still pose nude down there, can’t I? Yes, I can! And I’m happy to report that so far it’s been an absolute pleasure.
My hiring at the New York Academy couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, when my places of employment were starting to dwindle due to mixed circumstances. First, I voluntarily left the New York Studio School. My decision. Then I involuntarily left the School of Visual Arts. Not my decision. Suddenly, things got a little worrisome. One of the busiest art models in the city found herself – and her appointment planner – a bit lacking. What the hell was going on? A professional rough patch. Ack! But not to worry. Enter the New York Academy of Art, rushing in like a knight in shining armor, to whisk me away, transport me downtown, console me and reassure me, and plop my nude self onto a modeling platform. In other words, “I’m back, baby!!”.
I’ve already talked about the Academy here on the blog, but I haven’t formally introduced it to my readers. Even though the weather was drab and gloomy, I took some pictures today on my lunch break that I thought you might enjoy.
Isn’t the New York Academy so special? It gets it’s own sign down in the subway on the number 1 train! Who do they think they are, Columbia? 😉 This is the Franklin Street station:
And there’s the name again! Emblazoned on the side of the building, looming tall and proud and conspicuous, asserting its presence to passersby:
Across the street from the school, a typical Tribeca block:
For those who aren’t familiar, Tribeca – more properly “TriBeCa” – is short for “triangle below Canal Street”. Outside of the city it’s probably most known for its annual film festival. Founded in 2002 by actor and Tribeca resident Robert DeNiro, the Tribeca Film Festival was conceived to revitalize the neighborhood after the September 11 attacks, an event which hit the downtown area particularly hard, and caused significant loss to businesses and residents. But Tribeca’s recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. It is now the trendiest and most sought-after neighborhood in New York City, and boasts many famous faces among its inhabitants.
I’ve always liked the architecture of Tribeca. Most of the buildings were originally industrial facilities or warehouses which have, over time, been converted into residential spaces and high-ceilinged lofts. The New York Academy building itself was once a textile mill. Tribeca is one of the few places where you can still see classic old fire escapes on the front exteriors. I like the way they look.
Duane Park, looking lovely in the spring:
Bread anyone? We’re on West Broadway and, lo and behold, it’s the world famous Bouley Bakery! Or Bouley Market, or Bouley something or other. Who cares, just grab a baguette and have a blast:
Even though Tribeca is a great area for wining, dining, and nightlife, I am holding a personal grudge, one that will forever associate Tribeca with heartache 😥 My all time favorite New York music venue, The Knitting Factory, left Tribeca for . . . Williamsburg, Brooklyn! Why? Because Brooklyn hipsters will not be satisfied until they ursurp and claim for themselves, ALL of New York’s beloved institutions. Damn those skakeboarding, L train riding punks!! But in my heart, The Knitting Factory will always be at 74 Leonard Street in Tribeca, along with all my cherished memories: hoards of sweaty, unshowered music fans, standing for hours because of no chairs, inattentive bartenders, and temporary deafness the morning after. Ah, the glory days.
At least Tribeca still has charming places for food and drink:
Inside our magnificent school, the New York Academy of Art. Second floor studio where I’m posing for Christopher Pugliese’s class. As the new model there, you can see I have some stiff competition 😆 Man, that was corny.
Fellow Academy art models, on break of course. Models love their breaks. Like, more than the average person, trust me 😉 Coffee, talking, texting, resting weary muscles. From left to right, this is Susie, Christophe, and Kimberly:
The school gallery on the first floor. I love the columns:
That’s about it for now, friends. Hope you enjoyed this little tour through downtown Manhattan and it’s terrific gem of an art school, one that I am truly privileged to be working in. So far, me and and the New York Academy of Art really like each other, and I hope the love affair continues for a long time. I’m still working at my other places too, proudly and happily I might add: The National Academy School of Fine Art, FIT, Spring Studio, etc. They’ve always been there for me, and I them. But the New York Academy is ushering in a new era in my art modeling career and I’m up to the challenge. I approach it with humility and dedication, and take nothing for granted.
I’ll see you all soon! And you’ll see me in Tribeca 🙂