Taking the road less traveled — makes for Lots Better Stories

retro renovation in the new york times - cindy in front of the new york times!Yup, chasing down authentic midcentury style is a lot harder than just slapping down the credit card at Lowes. But time and time again — the hassle makes for lots better stories. Cindy was one of five readers featured in the New York Times story about Retro Renovation this week. Turns out she was in Gotham, near the Times, on Thursday, the day the story ran. So she captured a photo in front of the famous logo, newspaper in hand. And yes: Chasing this moment, she got yet another story out of the adventure. She writes:
cindy in front of the new york timesHi Pam,
Here are a couple of photos of me in front of the NY Times Bldg with the story!!! The first (right) was taken on 8th Avenue at the height of yesterday’s late afternoon rush hour. It was hard to get a shot without crowd of people all around me. Some stopped to see what this was all about, and I held up the page to show them all about retro!!! Then off we went, turned the corner onto 41st street, and there was the actual entrance to the building and the NYT offices, so again we stopped to snap a few shots because it was less crowded. A guy leaning on the side of the building started chatting me up, saying everyone stops to take pictures in front of the entrance. I showed him the story, and said I had a special reason to do so……turns out he has worked at the NY Times for 35 years, pointed out the news room to me just above where we were standing, he loves retro, and said to sit tight for a minute while he ran inside. Five minutes later he returned with a dozen copies of the home section for me!!!
Are we having fun yet? THANKS AGAIN — SO VERY MUCH — for everyone who makes this community the place it is. xoxo


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  1. Gavin Hastings says

    Every once in a while God gives us a quick peek at “My Life: The Movie”
    Hope you had a wonderful day!

  2. leftofcentergirl says

    I am so inspired today! Thank you for what you do and empowering me to be me.
    “Be yourself…everybody else is already taken”! Just read that yesterday. LOL. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. TappanTrailerTami says

    What a great story “within a story”!!! Too fun, and congrats again on your well deserved new found exposure!


  4. Cindy says

    Gavin, I love your tagline. I’ll use it when I decide it’s time to sell my house – someday. I wonder how much $ that N Y Times Home section will be worth to future buyers. Maybe I should hide it in the rafters to be discovered many many years from now by new owners, my very own RR time capsule!

  5. says

    The article in the NY Times was incredible and it was so much fun to read. I’ve held onto the article just so I could remember to visit your website. I knew I’d be hooked once I started reading – and I am. Congrats on a great article – and how cool that one of your featured home owners got to get a few photos in front of the Times. Congrats and looking forward to reading through your site more!
    On a side note, we had our kitchen gutted and the renovators said that the steel cabinets they removed were the most difficult (read: indestructible) to remove. We still have some down in our laundry room too!

  6. Suzanne says

    Fabulous article, Pam! You deserve all that praise and more.
    You were such a help to me while I was restoring my little 1941 house in Burbank.

  7. Jeanne says

    That’s so cool Cindy!

    And Pam, even though I tweeted you, I forgot to post here that your blog rocks and so do your readers!! This “community” is great! What a fabulous resource!! I pass on links to my coworkers all the time. Keep up the great work!

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