Whew! Where does the time go! I have been meaning to write this post for a couple of weeks. Daughter #1 and I did a quick business trip to NYC and we did manage to have a little fun as well. It was sooooo hot! We ride the subway when we can (the subway cars have AC but the stations do not) and I want to tell you that with the heat index between the stations and the streets, it felt like 105°! I want to brag about my daughter #1 a little bit. She got us to every subway, every museum, every restaurant, every walking tour using her phone. She would just say as we were walking along “take a left here…”. She made it seem so effortless. I was quite impressed. I know that is how the younger generation does things now, but I was just so impressed with her confidence and knowledge.
My featured photo is not real although it is exactly how we felt! We would have been real customers! A group called Improv Everywhere, turned a sweltering New York City subway platform on 34th Street into an unauthorized spa last year. The ‘Subway Spa,’ which was in business only a few hours, was created by Improv Everywhere, the same group responsible for the No Pants Subway Ride, at the Herald Square Station on 34th Street in Manhattan. The temperature on the platform during the prank: 95°! Actors wearing towels sat in the ‘sauna’ seats, which were actually just the station’s regular seats, as more actors in crisp white uniforms offered passersby hot stone massages, lemon-infused water, towels, and access to a ‘misting station’. Watch the video, it is hilarious.
Here are some highlights from the trip.
We started off with lunch on the patio at Laduree. The patio and service were lovely, however, the food and pastries did not compare to the Paris original.
Remember when I wrote about the Jacob Lawrence exhibit at the MoMA? Well, I had to see it! His work is wonderful. My one comment would be that although I knew the paintings were very small, seeing them all together made me realize that they took up very little space. The “size/importance of the exhibit thing in my head” made me a little disappointed at the way the panels were displayed. Still, seeing the whole collection was a dream come true. There was also a Yoko Lennon exhibit that was really fascinating. It is called Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971. It runs through September 7th. Another don’t miss if you are planning a trip to the city. I learned so much about her as an artist. Her work is really different, it turns out most of her work is about including the viewer in her work. She is an artist about inclusion. Like I said, fascinating.
Drinks at the Top of the Standard. I did this for my daughter. Apparently late at night it becomes a very hot, very expensive nightclub. Upside, the view is not to be missed, you have a 360° view of the Hudson River and the city.
We went to the Ground Zero memorial and on Tuesday night, admission to the museum is free. However, we missed the last museum entry of the evening (because you must allow two hours to see the museum) so I will definitely return to see the museum in its entirety.
The new Whitney Museum is my new favorite museum in NYC. I loved everything. I thought it was so well curated, each floor told its unique story. Then, there is the building with its outdoor sculpture spaces, floor to ceiling windows and just…..space, it is wondrous. We spent a lot of time on the lower West Side. I could live there, I could actually live at the Whitney truth be told.
We had a wonderful dinner at Tutto Il Giorno, Gabby Karan De Felice’s and partners place (Donna Karan’s daughter). The restaurant is in TriBeCa and serves an Italian cuisine which was good, it was reasonably priced, the restaurant is beautiful and it is decorated with her late father’s artwork. It has a wonderful vibe, I recommend it.
For our last late lunch before we left we headed over to Eataly. Have you ever been? I am probably the last person to visit. Well, we loved it. In the words of Mario Batali, “it is a grocery store with tasting rooms”. It is the largest Italian marketplace in the world, comprising a variety of restaurants, food and beverage counters, bakery, retail items, and a cooking school. If you like to eat, you must go. We ate at the vegetarian restaurant and we were so pleased with the fresh produce and presentation. It was delicious. It appears to be really well run and it employs a slew of people from high schoolers to chefs to top management. They have done a tremendous job.
Are you sensing a theme here? We have one more item of food to talk about…..
The last thing I am going to mention is the Temaki trend that is sweeping NY. These little shops are all over NYC, in every neighborhood. Temaki are Japanese sushi handrolls. Most places are also selling “sushi burritos”. There are some of these shops in D.C. but not like NYC. It reminds of the cupcake shop craze of a few years ago when cupcake shops popped up on every corner. My daughter is one that wanted me to try these places as she is an avid devotee. I was not disappointed! We went twice! We went to Uma Temakeria, on 7th Ave. and it was clean, delicious, healthful and really affordable. Yum! Go as soon as you can if you like sushi!
On a personal note, I have some personal business to take care of in the new few weeks, so Mrs. Jones is taking her first vacation from the blog. See you in September! Enjoy the rest of your summer!