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I recently took a day-cation, that is a daylong vacation to visit my friends Harold Koda, curator in charge of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum, and Alan Kornberg, a partner in the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, at their enchanted house in Castine, Maine. In just a few hours, I saw a lot and packed in a gorgeous lunch chez Harold and Alan at their waterfront getaway overlooking Wadsworth Cove. “Since our part of the cove is tidal,” Harold explains, “we have two dramatic views: one of water almost lapping the wild roses that border the house, and the other of fresh water streams that wind their way through the sand and mud flats when the tide is out.” When I arrived, the tide was out, as seen here.

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“We fell in love with the house,” Harold says, “because it is everything our apartment is not.” Their seventies-era “deckhouse,” purchased in 2004, was “designed by Harvard-trained architects who in the sixties had wanted to create affordable, well-designed modular units that could be personalized by variations in the arrangement of their constituent parts.” Here, in the living room of the main house, the blue and white décor is a work in progress, Harold and Alan insist, but it’s perfection if you ask me. Note the fire going in the middle of summer.

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Their Saarinen dining table is set for lunch with wildflowers and blue-and-white linens. There is a screened-in porch just beyond for alfresco dining minus mosquitoes.

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Harold and Alan re-covered the seventies-era modular furniture with white cotton slipcovers to refresh the room.

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After lunch, it was on to the home of their friends David Ziff and Alan Bell, who have a catering business in the city and retreat to this cozy log cabin when they can steal time off in the summer.

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David told me that the cabin was built in 1930, and he thinks that only two families lived there before he and Alan bought it in 1996. Much of the furniture, like the corner cupboard, dining table, and bench, was built-in by the original owners.

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At one end of the living room is a set of snowshoe furniture that David said came from a camp in New Hampshire.

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The stone fireplace is intercepted by a huge timber log that runs the full width of the house. They really don’t make them like this anymore.

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Then it was on to visit a Craftsman-style cottage nearby that belongs to brand consultant David Greenwald. The simple rooms were all whitewashed and felt as pure as the summer air.

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The cottage was built in 1929 as a guest house for a larger summer home called Birch Lodge. Greenwald’s family bought it in 1986, and his mother painted the dark interiors white. The practical simplicity of the interior design incorporates lots of great built-in furniture like this pull-down desktop in the master bedroom.

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The master bedroom also has a built-in chest of drawers and shelving.

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The massive stone fireplace in the living room of the cottage is a masterpiece of craftsmanship, as each stone has been fit into place like a jigsaw puzzle. From here, it was back to New York, a world away from the houses and landscapes of Castine.

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Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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