Souvenir T-shirts are getting a major makeover this month in downtown Manhattan. Rosebud, a clothing boutique in the city’s Soho neighborhood, will be selling I Love New York cotton tees that have been re-imagined into fashiony pieces by Israeli designers. The stylish project is the brainchild of the store’s owner, Fern Penn, who packed four dozen shirts in her suitcase and took them with her on a recent trip to Israel. When Penn arrived in Tel Aviv, she called on 12 designers to use their imaginations to dress up the duds.
‘Tel Aviv is unbelievable in terms of the fashion scene,” said Fern Penn, who has worked in various areas of the fashion industry for the past 25 years. Indeed, five years ago Penn was so taken with the styles in Israel that she decided to fully immerse herself in that world.
The New York Mets will celebrate Israel’s 60th birthday when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers later this month. Asaf Shariv, consul general of Israel in New York, will throw out a first pitch at the May 29 game, and the American group Parparim Ensemble will perform Israeli folk dance during the pre-game ceremony.
The 15th letter of the Hebrew alphabet will be getting a lot of attention this year. The samech, which represents the number 60, has taken form in California as an 8-feet tall, 400-pound sculpture. Created by the artist Kingsley, the piece — an interactive musical work of art— was commissioned to commemorate Israel’s 60th anniversary.
In the early 1960s, a nice Jewish boy from New York’s Long Island sat in a yeshiva day school and wrote his first Tony acceptance speech, while his teachers droned on in the background. That daydreamer, Neil Goldberg, has not yet had the chance to proclaim those words to the world, but his lifelong fantasy is slowly edging closer to reality.