Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Billy's Bakery on 9th Avenue in Chelsea

It was during an episode of Martha Stewart a few months ago that I first heard of Billy's Bakery. Since when visiting NYC, over the years, not only do I almost always stay in the Chelsea area but, since 1992, windows along 8th and 9th Avenues in the Chelsea area have been amongst my most prolific themes.

I, therefore, was quite surprised to learn during an episode of Martha Stewart that Billy's Bakery is located is located at 184 9th Avenue near 21st Street in Chelsea.

Though I have posted some of my March 2006 9th Avenue - Chelsea photos to flickr it is quite possible when I go through the entire March 2006 NYC collection, many which have not yet been posted, that I'll find images of Billy's Bakery because it was during my March 2006 visit to NYC that I focused, specifically, on windows and store fronts along 8th and 9th Avenues in Chelsea.

It was during a Saturday, 01 September 2007 photo walk that Richard and I first observed Billy's Bakery. When Richard returned on Wednesday or Thursday night to purchase a slice of chocolate cake for himself, he picked up four lemon squares for me.

His slice of chocolate cake was so big that he said that he would leave some in the refigerator for me. Returning to 'frig a few minutes later, he said "Don't worry, there is plenty left for you."

Which he would repeat several times through the night and early morning

When, the next morning, the I asked "Where is the chocolate cake from last night?" he had the audacity to look surprised and say "You must have eaten it. I left you a big piece!".

On Friday evening Richard and I met Michael at the Hunter College subway stop and took a ride out to Brooklyn which is where Richard would stay Friday night and I would join them on Sunday morning.

Not wanting to leave NYC without having experienced a Billy's cake after dining at Boston Market on West 23rd Saturday night on my way back to Lothar's apartment on West 20th, between 8th and 9th Avenue, I stopped in at Billy's Bakery and picked up a slice Billy's carrot cake.

Once back at the apartment the first thing that I did was to call Richard on cell out in Brooklyn and rub it in that, as he had done the night before with 'his' chocolate cake, I would be spending the rest of the night and early morning watching old movies on the TV and eating Billy's carrot cake.

And it was good too. But, perhaps, and as Martha would say "It was a good thing!"

When in the Chelsea are of Manhattan, it would be a good thing for you to stop in at Billy's Bakery. Located at 184 9th Avenue just north of 21st Street hours are:

Monday to Thurs: 9am-11pm
Friday: 9am-12am
Saturday: 9am-12am
Sunday: 10am-11pm

Telephone at 212.647.9956 and Fax at 212.647.9953

Here are some frequently asked questions pertaining to Billy's Bakery which is owned and operated by Billy Reeece.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Dish Restaurant on 8th Avenue in Chelsea

I first ate at The Dish Restaurant on 8th Avenue in Chelsea NYC in February 2000 when Steve O'toole and I took a trip to Manhattan from WDC for the 2000 International Center for Photography Expo.

Arriving in NYC by AMTRAK early afternoon on Saturday, 12 February we checked it at the McBurney YMCA on West 24rd and 7th Avenue before heading over the International Center of Photography Expo on Avenue of Americas and 23rd Street.

Checking out of McBurney on Sunday morning we stopped in at Lothar's on West 20th which is where we left our things, for a few hours, before taking the AMTRAK back to DC. If my memory serves me correctly, just before Steve took a quick afternoon visit to an old friend who lives somewhere in NYC we stopped in at The Dish on 8th Avenue in Chelsea for brunch.

Since that time, when NYC I usually stop in at The Dish at least once duirng my stay. As was the case on Saturday afternoon, 01 September 2007 when Richard and I brunched at The Dish.

Click to above photo to view my 8th Avenue - Chelsea - NYC - September 2007 photo set and September 2007 NYC photo collection.

Located at 201 Eighth Avenue, between 20th and 21st Streets, in the Chelsea area of Manhattan The Dish is open from 7 am until 1 am, seven days a week. Telephone at 212-352-9800.

The Old Red Brick Church at 10th and V, NW

The old red brick church at the corner of 10th and V streets in NW WDC has always fascinated me. Though I began my photo documentation of the old red brick church at 10th and V Street, NW, in June 2005 it was not until when I recently came across THROUGH THE VALLEY at VICTORIAN SECRETS OF WASHINGTON, DC that I learned of its history.

Click the photo to visit my Peoples’ Seventh Day Baptist Church (Independent) which is part of my ongoing Religious Art & Spiritual Symbolism - Church Photography series.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Betsy Fisher 'garnished' with 5 stars in NY Times T Magazine's WDC Fall Shopping Review

I began my Fall Fashion 2007 series during my Labor Day Week 2007 visit to NYC by focusing on billboard displays.

Shortly after my Monday, 9 September return to WDC and as I have done since the spring of 1992 I began to photograph"Fall Fashion 2007" window displays in WDC.

One of the first Fall Fashion 2007 - WDC windows that I captured were taken on 19 September of Rizik's which, designed by John Kiser, I have photographed since 1992.

Located at 1224 Connecticut Avenue in NW, Betsy Fisher is also on my list of favorite windows to photograph.

By the way, congratulations are in order for Mary Elizabeth Albaugh, the founder and owner of Betsy Fisher, and her staff.

The NY Times T Magazine (Travel Section) Capital Gains article dated Sunday, 23 September 2007, garnishes Betsy Fisher with a 5 star review.

Click the above to view my ongoing Betsy Fisher and Mannequins & Store Window Displays photosets and Windows of the World collection.

Located at 1224 Connecticut Avenue, NW, WDC this Wednesday, 26 September 2007, Betsy Fisher is hosting a 5 - 8 pm SCAN THE FALL 2007 FASHION HORIZON event whereby ten percent of the evening’s sales will be donated to SCAN, Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia.

Here are details:

Join us for bellinis, antipasta and a closet-altering experience.

Saturated colors, clean shapes and rich textures make a selection from fall’s clothing, shoes and accessories a style coup. Ten percent of the evening’s sales will be donated to SCAN, Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia,,, which provides a life-altering experience for the parents and children reached by its work to prevent and ameliorate the effects of child abuse.

Bring a friend and please RSVP to