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Alice Carey
Writer and style icon, Alice Carey has lived in Greenwich Village all her adult life. Though she and her husband have restored a Georgian house in Ireland, she is proud to be a New Yorker. Her memoir, I’ll Know It When I See It – A Daughter’s Search For Home In Ireland was published in 2002. She is in the final throes of a novel, working title: Away With the Fairies.

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Entries by Alice Carey

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(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 2:07 PM


It was only as I was standing in the kitchen of my Irish home, washing up the breakfast dishes, that the importance of what I'll be doing this week stunned me so much I had to sit down for a minute.

I'd been...

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Bill Cunningham My Mother & Me

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 5:42 PM

That Bill Cunningham's funeral service was held at St. Thomas More's Church put a wistful smile on my face. For to my late mother at least, of the several classy East side Roman Catholic churches in New York City, Thomas More was...
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Saint Sinatra! Why not?

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 3:25 PM


For some years I've harbored a secret hope that one day Frank Sinatra would be made a saint. I know this sounds crazy. But with his 100th birthday coming up on December 12th now's the time to explain why.

In this day and...

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If You're Looking to Adopt a Cat, Choose an Older One

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 5:57 PM

Photo by Ari Seth Cohen/Advanced Style

There is a fearsomely sad sequence in Disney's 1955 film Lady and the Tramp, with a dreaded door in a dog pound being stared at by a group of incarcerated dogs about to be euthanized. This...

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Ireland and I Shout 'Yes'

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 10:13 PM


As Shakespeare might have said regarding Ireland's resounding YES vote on Gay Marriage, "This is a tale told by the populous full of sound and fury, signifying everything." And it is. Ireland hit her mark on the planet and she gleams!


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And Yes I Said, Yes, I'll Vote YES

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 3:58 PM

On Friday May 22, I am going home to vote YES to Ireland's historic Marriage Equality Referendum, giving its LGBT citizens the right to marry. As my mother used to say, "I never thought I'd live to see the day."

My mother's long dead, so I don't know what...

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My New Neighbor Whitney Has Replaced the Cow

(3) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 4:22 PM

2015-05-11-1431384229-6604610-CowMural.jpgI've just come back from visiting my new neighbor, the Whitney Museum smack there on the river, just a few blocks from where I've lived my whole grown up life.

In the film of my memory I can still see that...

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Julie Wilson's Pink Lipstick

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 11:31 AM


What makes chanteuse extraordinaire Julie Wilson's recent death particularly poignant for me is that she sang at my wedding. I didn't know her well. I just loved her. But loving isn't knowing. That was yet to come.

I spied her surrounded by admirers...

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Sadly, 'The Last Ship' Sinks

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 12:07 PM

The thing Broadway producers don't seem to fathom (as reported in Patrick Healy's article in The New York Times January 7) is that musicals by their very nature are not always feel-good events. And so The Last Ship will inevitably sink on Jan. 24 after a four-month run.


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At Home at the Met

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 10:45 AM

I've been going to the opera since I was a girl, at both the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Center. But few years ago I stopped going to the Met, I didn't know why. Though I continued to listen to the Met's Saturday live radio broadcasts. In...

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Jed Harris's Act Two

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 6:40 PM

Theatre pundits have it that this year's Tony for Best Play will go to James Lapine's new play, Act One, based on director Moss Hart's memoir of the same name.

Both memoir and play center on young Moss's collaboration with the great George S. Kauffman, but that's not why...

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Another Memo to Pope Francis

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 10:17 AM

Ah, Pope Francis you've struck another bad cord with me. It was condescending enough of you to say that atheists can go to heaven -- myself included. But now, as it's Holy Week, you're doing your Jesus bit by donning a crown of thorns and taking the rap for your...

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The Bookstore Is Dead, Long Live the Bookstore

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 6:00 PM

According to Julie Bosman in her article "Literary City, Bookstore Desert" in today's New York Times, the end is nigh for bookstores in New York.

The pleasant idyll of strolling around a bookstore, glancing at covers, opening a page, reading a bit and having a chat with the person...

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Who's Paddy?

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 2:49 PM

The days leading up to Paddy's Day drive me mad. Green rules New York. Not the green of the Irish countryside mind, but a cheap charade of color pretending to be green. Leprechaun hats, red curly beards and restaurants trumpeting corned beef and cabbage leave me wondering: What in God's...

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Anchoring the Corner

(4) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 11:34 AM

I've lived on the same block in Greenwich Village nearly all my life and for a good part of it next door to Annie Leibowitz. So when the cat that anchored the front of the house disappeared, I knew something was up. It probably sensed Annie was selling up and...

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From the Back Row

(4) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 5:56 PM

I grew up in the '50s, in the back row of the New York City Center. My mother was producer Jean Dalrymple's maid. And 'Miss D.,' as she was called, was one of City Center's founding members, as well as its chief cook and bottle washer.

Dalrymple lived down...

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Do Not Be Afraid

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 7:59 PM

I'm not much one for crying. But this morning I did, as I watched Irish poet Seamus Heaney's funeral, and heard his last words. Words he sent to his wife minutes before he died.

'Noli timere' -- don't be afraid.

That it was a text message...

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(4) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 2:41 PM

I'm a sucker for any article about adopting the unadoptable. And recently my eye was caught by an article in the WSJ about rescuing dogs from shelters in the South and bringing them up North for adoption.

Apparently, there's an over-supply of southern dogs only a...

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Stonewall x 2

(5) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 2:54 PM

They say if you stay in the same place long enough, you get to see everything. So by staying on the same block in Greenwich Village longer than I ever expected, I've seen history being made in front of the Stonewall Inn, not once but twice.

Forty-four years ago I...

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Memo to Pope Francis

(6) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 5:15 PM

OMG your Holiness, aren't you the bold boy for updating the "firm." Whatever possessed you to give nice atheists a one-way ticket to Heaven? According to Vatican Radio you said: "The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just...

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