Repeal Day, End of Prohibition Party at Employees Only

Monday night was the annual celebration of Repeal Day, the day Prohibition was repealed. I believe this is a party that happens around the country, but the best spot in the city to celebrate is at one of my favorite bars, Employees Only. Punches and beautiful hand crafted cocktails flowed, and people danced to the ragtime sounds from the band.

Then later in the night the real entertainment began, in the form of a burlesque show on top of the bar, led by Lady Rizo and her troupe. They were freaking awesome, totally captivating the audience with songs and dancing.

The party was really great, even I dressed up although in a linen suit with a straw hat, not quite 30s like most of the folks there, but I tried!

Some photos from the night:

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A New York City Destination Wedding – Jamie and Katie

For Jamie and Katie, having their wedding in New York City was a destination wedding, as they came to me all the way from Ireland. I can’t say enough about how much fun this wedding was to photograph. Their small intimate wedding really had a special feel to it, throughout the entire day. They made me feel like I was a part of the family from start to finish.

The ceremony was held in Central Park at the Ladies Pavillion, then we headed to through Central Park in a wedding march, and took some boats out on the lake at the Central Park Boathouse.  I had my own boat and my own personal rower.. everyone was laughing and having an amazing time.

We took a few more photos at Grand Central Station, in the subway, and concluded in Times Square. In between all the photos we managed to go for a HUGE dinner at Churrascaria Plataforma, which is a Brazilian steakhouse, the kind where they walk around and cut you off meat from the spit..you don’t leave that place hungry. I was invited to sit down with the family and have dinner. At the end of the meal there were toasts, and a bunch of friends and relatives said some really lovely things..I was photographing the whole thing and then at the end, when everyone was finished with their speeches I was the only one standing. Everyone looked at me and in their Irish accents yelled, “Danny boy! you need to say something now!” I’ve been asked to give wedding speeches before, but that’s at weddings where I’m invited as a guest, not working as a wedding photographer! It was pretty amusing, I just thanked everyone for the great time I was having.

If you’re going to have a destination wedding in New York City, these are all really great places to take some photographs..and I think we got some great one’s, in fact it was hard to narrow them down so I’m posting a lot from this wedding!

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Tom Colicchio – Tom Tuesday Dinner

One of the features I shoot for Eater.com is called “One Year In” where they visit a restaurant in NYC that has been open for a year, and interview the owner/chef to find out how business is, what the experience has been so far.

My editor there recently chose Tom Colicchio’s every other Tuesday of the month venture Tom Tuesday Dinner, where once a week you can taste food from the hand of Mr. Top Chef himself.. at a pretty hefty price.  Tom Tuesday Dinner is located directly next to Craft, which has been a popular New York City restaurant as long as I can remember.  The night of my shoot, and what I assume is the normal price, it was $195 for the tasting menu. That does include 10 courses though, so you’re not going to leave hungry.

A few examples of the courses this night were:

Butter-Poached Oyster with celery leaf, celery root & American Caviar

Wild Scottish Wood Piegon with huckleberries & sauerkraut

Roasted Porchetta with chorizo, spigarello & Perla Bianco Polenta

I actually was scheduled to only do a portrait with Tom but he invited to come back later in the evening to shoot the action in the kitchen. At first I was like nahh I’m ok thanks..but then I texted Jordana who said, “Yeah baby take the opp!” So I did.. and I’m glad because I got some nice photos I think.

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Upper West Side – NYCgo.com feature

I’ve recently been doing a lot of work for the talented team over at NYC&Company which is the official tourism board of New York City. I was hired to visit several restaurants and shops around the Upper West Side to show off some cool spots for people to shop, eat, and hang out.  The feature was called “Extreme Locals” and there’s a rotating slideshow on their website and it was also made into a brochure.  Among the restaurants and stores I photographed were:

Town Shop

Zabars

81 Restaurant

Knitty City

Popover Cafe

Museum of Biblical Art

Jazz at the Empire Hotel

Levain Bakery

Maxilla and Mandible

This was a great assignment as I’ve always loved the Upper West Side for it’s beautiful blocks and eccentric inhabitants. There’s an energy and a rich history there (both figuratively and literally). When I first moved to New York City I remember wanting to live there, as all I could afford was far uptown (Washington Heights is where I called home for about 4 years) but I used to take the train down to the Upper West side to shop at Fairway and of course, the world famous Zabars, one of my favorite grocery stores anywhere.

Let’s start with some of the lovable characters working the counters for years over at Zabars:

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New Rochelle Wedding – Tionnei and Jason at the Surf Club

Tionnei and Jason just had fall wedding at the Surf Club in New Rochelle, NY. I really loved the scenery here, which evokes a 60s Tiki resort type atmosphere. The bride and groom were so cool and full of excitement when it came to the photos. I think my favorite shot is Tionnei and Jason standing in front of the old hotel rooms.  She made such a beautiful bride didn’t she?

The food here was pretty great and the bride and groom actually sat both me and my second photographer at a guests table so we got to try everything..I definitely don’t complain when that happens!

Other highlights including the bridesmaids singing during the ceremony and a ton of great dancing during the reception. The entire day was filled with amazing details..really great wedding on a beautiful clear blue sky day!

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