Friday, June 6, 2008

West Village Rooftop

Here is a photo of the West Village rooftop from yesterday. Technically, it belongs to the co-op residents so everyone in the building can use it for entertainment. My friend who lives in the building has her own area that is adjacent to this one.

The red building on the upper right corner is The Archives, which used to be the U.S. Custom Office but now has been converted into a luxury condominium. The most famous (or infamous) resident at The Archives (recently) was Monica Lewinsky, post Clinton scandal. She hid out in that building for a couple of years but I'm not sure if she still lives there.

So who is the most famous or infamous person you know?

27 comments:

Grand Life said...

I know this area so well. When I come to NY I stay with my friend whose condo overlooks Abington Square on the intersection of Bleeker, 10th, Hudson anyway you get the jist. I love that area. If I could live in NY I would want to live there. It's good to be back on line and to catch up on my NY fix. Thanks for the great photo's.
Judy

Chris said...

Another nice roof shot. When we were in LV in April, we toured one of the new condo towers and went up to the rooftop "park." It looked similar to that one!

Famous people. . . . Since my husband works in TV news, I've been lucky to meet a number of network anchors and celebs. The first one I ever met was when Michael worked at CNN. Ted Turner used to walk through the building at all times of the day and night (barefoot at times!). The first time I met him was at an employee party. The man certainly did know how to party.

As I was reading this, I saw that you commented on my blog. We're up late tonight!!

USelaine said...

Oh man, Ming. You want us to betray them by naming names? And what qualifies as "knowing"? Hmmm. A thin line to walk here....

Are you saying you actually "know" Monica Lewinsky?

Bibi said...

We own two apartments; one where we live, and the other one is right downtown, and our son is currently living there. In that building is an elderly (94) Jewish man who hidseveral years during the war in a cemetery family mausoleum since he did not want to flee the country. He is in very good shape for his years. He's the most "famous" person I know.

Olivier said...

terrace de rêve. j'adore.

Terrace dream. Very good

Mo said...

Oh be so nice to have a rooftop garden. Still at least I have a balcony.

Peter said...

To have access to a rooftop like this would be a dream!
(I'm not giving any names - the list would be too long!) :-) Nice weekend!

D.C. Confidential said...

Beautiful building. And to answer your question: Journalist Helen Thomas. Lovely, hilarious lady. Total kick in the pants and hates Bush. She makes no bones about that one. She's counting down the nanoseconds to his departure from the White House!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Poor old Monica Lewinsky. I do feel sorry for her and Bill.

Nice photography. It is now about 8:15 AM here in Brookville, Ohio and already a muggy 75 degrees with 92 expected.

alice said...

Not difficult to imagine some nice parties there... A great privilege in such a big city!
Everyone is famous at least in his street or building, I imagine... but the most famous person I've seen these last years was Dominique de Villepin when he was Prime Minister spending some holidays in Arradon.

Kelly said...

Do I have to choose just one? ; )

This is a wonderful place to unwind, I bet, at the end of the day!

alex said...

What a beautiful view.
Sure that your friends enjoy this place and don't want to change..

The only "international & famous" people I have ever seen in my life was the actor Jean Reno, in Deauville.
His French career seems to disapear year after year but I've been told that he was appreciated in the US. Is it true ?

USelaine said...

I'm jealous of d.c.! Helen Thomas would be great to know.

When I worked in a bookstore, I sold some books to Black Panther/activist/professor Angela Davis once.

USelaine said...

And I know Petrea Burchard, the first English voice of Ryoko the space pirate on Techni! You know her too, if you visit Pasadena Daily Photo. 8^)

Petrea said...

Okay, USElaine, now I get it.

Hi Ming. I know Homer Simpson.

I like this photo. I think this would be the way to live in New York.

Petrea said...

USelaine, my dad volunteered as a researcher for Ms. Davis's defense way back when. Proud of him.

Neva said...

I am afraid I lead a very boring life....don't know any famous people! Nice shot!

USelaine said...

That's very cool, Petrea. uselaine raises a clenched fist in direction of Pasadena. Neva, you now know Petrea, so that counts. 8^)

That reminds me, P., that back in the late 50s and early 60s, my dad was a friend of Rev. Grandison Phelps of San Diego, and with him tested housing availability for blacks and whites in that area (dad was the "white guy"). Rev. Phelps went on to develop the first subsidized housing/apartments in San Diego for low-income families.

Nubia said...

I just saw Clive Owen in my office building (my company shares it with Sound One, a post production movie company) and he was GORGEOUS! He smiled at me! =)

www.DeltaMovies.com said...

Looks cozy! What a view!

B.

Dee Dee said...

Ming...I'm really enjoying these rooftop photos...Can you just imagine the history in these buildings..if walls could talk...Thank you for the two music selections...Bocelli one of my favorites and I enjoyed Mario Frangoulis as well...Youtube is quite addictive...the world at our fingertips...

Lori said...

Wow, I am super jealous! I would love to have a roof top deck like that. It's gorgeous. You'll have to visit your friend a lot in the summer! (Thanks for your nice comment - hugs back to you!)

Petrea said...

Sometimes the coolest celebrities are the heroes and not necessarily the movie stars.

Chuck Pefley said...

Cool view from here. How boring, though, to have to hide out in a building ... especially in New York. Sad.

USelaine said...

I agree, Petrea. But let's face it, Clive Owen is hot. That's all there is to it. 8^)

citygirl15 said...

Personally, I don't know any famous people, but I have met several over the years....Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nate Berkus, AND in my youth....Jim Morrison.

Petrea said...

USElaine: I understand that many people think the Clivester is hot, but I don't get it. I'm sure he's very nice.

citygirl15: yeah, meeting them isn't the same as knowing them. I meet a lot in my line of work. I suppose the most famous (like legendary) was John Belushi, who I met several times, but he never remembered me. And I don't think he's as legendary as Jim Morrison. Wow.