[Design & Staging] Restaurant Interiors from Boston & New York

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Tequila Cantina at Seaport Waterfront

Stephanie's on Newbury Street

(The Mercer Kitchen) in SOHO

Sushi Samba on Park Avenue

Brasserie Les Halles on Park Avenu

First of all, my heart goes out to all the victims and their loved ones affected by the Boston marathon bombing yesterday.    

I remember how devastated and angry I was when my beloved city, New York was attacked on 9/11.  Now once again, I feel betrayed by this tragedy that happened to my hometown.  Words cannot express my sadness and anguish, so I will borrow some wisdom from the comedian (ironic, I know), Patton Oswalt.

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, "Well, I've had it with humanity."

But I was wrong. I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths. 

But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness. 

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago. 

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."

In the face of an enormous disaster, it's hard to be positive; but I want to share the lively spirit of the Boston and New York that has brought me so much joy in the past.  Like the Yankees and the Red Sox, Boston is resilient as New York and will rise again.


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