If you've never had the pleasure of seeing a genuine New York City kitchen, behold. Four-burner mini stove [the oven is customarily used for storage], 12-cubic-foot fridge [needs defrosting], litter box for illegal feline tenant. Chances are good that this one is unchanged from 1982, not only because of lax landlords, but because of historic reasons: The tenant was one Joey Ramone. While I haven't yet seen the show, the punk-fashion exhibit at the Met is a puzzle to me; it seems to bestow belated credibility to a movement that avoided such status at all costs.
This Sunday, Joey née Jeffry Hyman would be 62 years old. Punk lives!
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.