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Out of the Ashes: Bromley Caldari Architects Designs the New Danikki Building at Fire Island Pines

Photo credit: Stringer News Service | Firefighters from several departments battle a blaze in Fire Island Pines. (Nov. 15, 2011)

Firefighters from several departments battle a blaze that destroyed two buildings in Fire Island Pines on November 15, 2011. Photo: Stringer News Service 

Last November a spectacular fire destroyed two buildings in Fire Island Pines: The Pavilion dance club, a gay landmark famous for its high-tea parties, and the adjacent Danikki building, which housed seven Pines businesses, including the Sip n’ Twirl disco, Pines Pizza, the Pines Bistro, a clothing shop, and two real estate offices. We here at Bromley Caldari Architects designed the replacement Danikki building, which was completed in amazingly fast time, rising like a phoenix out of the ashes. Sip n’ Twirl officially reopened July 5, and the pizza parlor on the ground floor and the restaurant on level two will both reopen shortly.  Here are some images of the new building.

The new Danikki building designed by Bromley Caldari Architects in fire Island Pines

Designed by Bromley Caldari Architects, the new Danikki building at Fire Island Pines replaces one that burned to the ground in November 2011. 

The new Danikki building designed by Bromley Caldari Architects at Fire Island Pines

The south facade, looking east. 

The new Danikki building designed by Bromley Caldari Architects at Fire Island Pines

The covered west deck, facing south.

The new Danikki building designed by Bromley Caldari Architects at Fire Island Pines

The Sip n’ Twirl disco reopened on July 5, eight months after the original building went up in flames.


Dance Fever: Roy Round’s Iconic Ballet Photography

I live in a very unusual loft building in New York. A former factory, it’s a 103 years old and many of the current residents, who include an artist, a jazz musician, a toy maker, and, until recently, a world-renowned photographer have been here for more than 30 years.  The photographer, our good friend Roy Round, has just moved back to his native London after three decades in his loft, which also served as his studio. I’m reposting this reminiscence of him from my own blog.

Dance photographer Roy Round with Dog

British fashion, celebrity, and  dance photographer Roy Round in the 1960s

Roy started his career during the World War II as an aerial reconnaissance photographer with the RAF in Egypt. After the war he returned to London as an apprentice photographer with Peter Clark Studios. He next joined a small studio and within a couple of years became an active fashion photographer, working on the Paris collections and traveling abroad frequently on assignment for top magazines. He also became accomplished at celebrity portraiture, photographing Anna Magnani, Paul Bowles, Cecil Beaton, Kim Novak, and Sean Connery, among many others.

Raquel Welch, 1967, photographed by Roy Round

Roy took this portrait of Raquel Welch in 1967, when she was in England filming Stanley Donen’s Bedazzled—a comic reworking of the Faust legend in which she famously played Lust.

One of the best parts of knowing Roy is that he has the most extraordinary stories about many of the greats of the 20th century. If a name like Judy Garland comes up in conversation he’ll say, “Did I ever tell you about the time we got drunk together at Sybil Burton’s nightclub?” Once in the 1960s, when he had been detained on a long photo session, his wife  asked, “Why are you so bloody late?” As you can imagine, his truthful reply, “I was having drinks with Raquel Welch,” did not go over well.

Roy’s wife was the English ballerina and ballet mistress, the late Georgina Parkinson, and it is through her and his extraordinary work first with London’s Royal Ballet and subsequently with American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet, that Roy’s name will forever be linked to the world of dance.

Georgina Parkinson as the Empress Elisabeth in the premiere of Kenneth Macmillan's 1978 ballet Mayerling, photographed by Roy Round

British ballerina Georgina Parkinson as the Empress Elisabeth in the London premiere of Kenneth Macmillan’s 1978 ballet Mayerling, photographed by her husband Roy Round.

Roy and Georgina moved to New York in 1980 at the behest of Mikhail Baryshnikov, who installed Georgina as a ballet mistress at ABT.  (She had taught Baryshnikov and Leslie Brown a pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet for the 1977 movie The Turning Point.) That’s when they moved into my building. In their studio loft and other locations Roy photographed Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Gelsey Kirkland, Julie Kent, Ethan Stiefel, Gillian Murphy, Marcello Gomes, and many other ballet greats.

Rudolph Nureyev photographed in London by Roy Round in the early 1960s

Rudolph Nureyev photographed by Roy Round in London in the early 1960s.

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