Saturday, January 2, 2016

What do you mean you've never been to Bogota, New Jersey? Bergen County fun

This piece originally appeared in December 2012 at another site

Not too long ago I relocated from Oakland, California to the NYC area.  On a recent afternoon, my father, chess book author Fred Wilson, took me to small Bergen County, New Jersey town called BOGOTA, New Jersey to check out a tiny row of antique shops on Fort Lee Road near the railroad tracks. The stores are full of cool, reasonably priced collectibles and furnishings.  These cartoon wood cut out figures of 1940s cartoon character Jiggs and a lady were on display at the first shop . . .

The highlight of Bogota's 'blink and you'll miss it' row of antiques shops is a gem of a store called Good Things run by a friendly and knowledgable fellow named Dan Navarro, who still has a day job at a publishing company when not running the shop.  He has a great selection of items that could rival the inventory in any hipster Soho shop of similar antiques but I bet Bogota's treasures are more reasonably priced . . . rare, mod Italian lamps, vintage belt buckles, assorted vases, figurines and a gold leaf deco cat are just some of Dan's cherry picked goodies that make Bogota worth a trip over the Hudson River.
me in front of Good Things
my father talking with Dan of Good Things

Funky medical ear chart tray at Good Things

cool cookie jar at Good Things
Dan recommended a film about Bogota called 'Anytown, USA'.  Another highlight of his groovy little shop was seeing the cool apple cookie jar at Good Things and then buying some cookies at the Palisades Park bakery!  We finished up with lunch at a real, chrome diner, the Jackson Hole in Englewood, New Jersey which has excellent food.  They have little, flip card jukeboxes at each table and make real whipped cream for the sundaes.
cookies from the Palisades Park bakery
Jackson Hole Diner in Englewood, NJ

Met Punk Show Trip Report - Metropolitan Museum of Art - May 2013

This post originally appeared on another site in 2013

It was hard to decide how to dress for Punk show preview at the Met but decided on a fuchsia chiffon new romantic ruffled blouse, ska houndstooth plaid jacket, a skinny black wiggle skirt and vintage 80s patent zebra pumps . . . 

Vivienne Westwood designs and bondage video tape loop
I loved the show!   I can see people being fed up with all of the celebrity attendance but that was just to give it mainstream press. The actual show is really edgy and fabulous with  painted black walls and giant Sid Vicious and Jayne County video screens  playing image/music loops of Jayne County singing Toilet Love and Sid Vicious with Nancy Spungen audio loops saying all she fears is fear, she doesn't fear death.  I loved the book Nancy Spungen's mom wrote about her "I Don't Want to Live this Life". I've never understood why people don't like Nancy Spungen. She was an addict but so were lots of punks. Aside from that . . . why hate her? Richard Hell singing Blank Generation music played in one of the rooms also which was great.  Then the clothes were mostly high end couture and it was fantastic to see the punk ethos executed with such amazing workmanship, a black dress stapled together, sequined Stephen Sprouse graffiti dresses, ball gowns out of garbage bags, early Vivienne Westwood SEX shop frayed sweater tunic mindresses etc.  The title of the show is from Chaos to Couture and I thought it really captured that!

Vivienne Westwood designs