We’re hopping in a rental car and driving out to Long Island’s North Fork for a little wine tasting weekend. Have any suggestions? Look at all those wineries!
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Tagged New York, wine
In honor of National Architecture Week, which starts today, I thought I’d give a shout out to Grand Central Terminal. New York magazine just declared it New York’s greatest building and I have to agree. Some would argue it’s the Empire State Building. Eh, not me. Others the Chrysler Building. Now that I can see. Both are beautiful and grand in scale, but Grand Central wins out on one big factor: It’s a public space. And isn’t that just perfect that for a city where you’re forced, like it or not, to rub shoulders with folks all day long that the city’s best building should be have such a spectacular indoor public space. I love the energy of that building.
Visiting? Check out a walking tour of Grand Central.
This cool image from The New York Times lets you move the slider to compare the building in 1978 and 2008. It hasn’t changed much. Love that.
image via Doobybrain
grand and above all, a public space. And how appro
Maybe it’s because if you truly are somebody, you’d already own a house in the Hamptons, or plan to rent one for the season, or certainly at least know someone with a guest room. No matter the reason, it’s a fact that there’s a dearth of hip hotel options on the east end of Long Island. Weekend visitors to the Hamptons can choose from glorified motels or stodgy historic inns (both of which will snare you with a three-night minimum at top rates). Until now.
Swedish hotelier Jenny Ljungberg of c/o Hotels took over the East Hampton landmark the Maidstone Arms in 2008 and renamed it c/o The Maidstone. She first reworked the restaurant with a slow-food focus, something she pioneered at her five other properties in and around Stockholm. The Maidstone’s restaurant, The Living Room, opened to positive reviews and a packed reservations list last Summer. After further renovation to the rooms during the off season, the hotel is now fully operating with 19 guest rooms, each decorated as a subtle homage to a famous Scandinavian.
Read my full story at Luxist.com.
Spring has sprung in the Big Apple and the biggest sign of the season is the new crowds on sidewalks and rooftops. Restaurants’ cafe tables have come out of storage and the sidewalks are now packed, Parisian-style, with people-watchers, coffee-sippers and, of course, cocktailers. Whether you’re looking for the streetside scene, the hidden garden or the top-of-the-world views from rooftops, there’s a new hot spot in New York that fits the bill. Here’s where to see and be-sipping this spring.
- Crosby Street Hotel
This new SoHo hotspot has been all the buzz among design circles since it opened in October. Developed by London’s Firmdale hotel company, the art-filled interior was designed by Kit Kemp, who designed all the Firmdale’s six London properties. Her signature is a mix of modern art, antiques, and fresh fabrics and colors for a cleaner, younger British look. The newest addition to the Crosby Street is its interior courtyard sculpture garden (right). The adjoining Crosby Bar begins serving in the courtyard on May 1. On a recent afternoon, the bar was filled with creatives from the neighborhood taking meetings behind thick-rimmed glasses and crowned with messy buns.
- The Strand Hotel
In the Garment District, Empire State Building views are plentiful, but it’s still hard to come by a public space at which to enjoy them. The Strand, which opened this winter, is the exception. It may have the best view of the one-time tallest building in all of Manhattan. The Top of the Strand, the hotel’s zen-like rooftop bar has a retractable glass roof that when opened, makes for one of the best spots to grab an after work drink. Note: Fashion Week will be a particularly fun time to sip at this spot, as fashion industry folks will likely fill the hotel because of its proximity to the showrooms.
Read my full story at Luxist.
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Few have the discipline for ballet. I just never had the concentration as a child. Too bad, because it’s looks pretty glamorous as seen through the eyes of New York City Ballet principle dancer Darci Kistler. I recently attended an amazing performance and discussion with Kistler at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, the home to City Ballet, and wrote this piece for interior designer Charlotte Moss’s web site.
Moss is a bit of a curator, a woman constantly inspired by the world around her, and someone highly involved in the arts and other nonprofit causes. And better than just someone who is personally inspired, Moss wants to share her ideas with others on her great web site. And as any person involved in as much as Charlotte is (she’s currently two large home decorating projects and writing not one, but TWO books), she needed a little help, and I was very happy to lend a hand.
See my interview with Charlotte Moss about the ideal bedroom side table and musings on interior colors for the home and more.
Last night New York’s Cooper Square Hotel threw a party in honor of its new mural, which is a little unusual, even for the East Village.
Yes, that’s none other than Homer J. Simpson.
The hotel hired four graffitti artists to paint the mural: Nic 1, Bizie, Shinique Smith and Joyce Pensato. Homer was Pensato’s work.
But why Homer, when she paints so many other characters? Continue reading
This weekend don’t forget the most important meal of the week. Here’s a mouth-watering example of it’s import: two poached eggs over cheese grits with house made pork sausage and smoked pork jus. And of course a savory bloody Mary.
This week’s brunch porn is from Cookshop in Chelsea, N.Y.
What’s your favorite brunch spot?
At The Metropolitan Museum of Art this Sunday, these two people stood in front of “Mark” by photorealist painter Chuck Close for ages. Close’s work has that “how did he do it?” affect on people. This photograph reminded me of one of my favorite artists, photographer Laurie Victor Kay, and her “Au Musee” series in which she captures kids in museums. There’s something wonderful about the contrast of the innocent kids next to complex and weighty works of art. Continue reading
Marilyn Monroe is everywhere. Well, at least her iconic ‘do is. I spotted Spock wearing it — and looking rather debonair — in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. (That’s my husband there in the striped socks; he’s not part of the graffiti.)
The black-and-white, paste-up style is the craftiness of L.A. graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash, a.k.a. MBW. He’s Marilynized others, too. Madonna and Angelina also get graffiti makeovers in New York. Here’s a cool Flickr collection of more pop-culture inspired street art by Mr. Brainwash. And the L.A. gallery that represents him. [Photo below by Timothy Schenck.]
These made me wonder if Michael Jackson’s image will have such staying power 50 years from now …
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Tagged angelina marilyn, banksy, graffiti, guy hepner contemporary, madonna marilyn, marilyn monroe, mbw, michael jackson, michael marilyn, New York, new york graffiti, spock marilyn
This post is almost cruel to write.
I just barely made it the the New Museum’s amazing “The Generational: Younger than Jesus” show on its very last day, but it was just too good to keep to myself.
The theme was simple: artists from around the world aged 33 and younger. Unlike the Whitney Biennial, which concentrates on America’s new art talent, this inaugural triennial is a worldwide view of the next generation of artists. And in my opinion, every three years will not be enough.
The exhibit was a fascinating indication of our times. A cacophony of themes: war, violence, government corruption, materialism and social media. I missed Ryan Gander’s white track suits embroidered with blood stains worn by the attendants, but I definitely didn’t miss the installation of a woman asleep on a bed in the middle of the gallery. She didn’t move an inch. It was fun to stand nearby and see the looks on people’s faces as they circled the bed not noticing the sleeper until … surprise! a person’s in there. I later learned that Chu Yun’s piece is made up of the materials: “female participant, sleeping pill and bed.” No wonder she didn’t move.
Here’s a run-down of my favorite moments in exhibit:
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Tagged Elad Lassry, Gutherie Lonergan, Katerina Seda, Liu Chuang, Matt Keegan, New Museum, New York, Ryan Trecartin, Shilpa Gupta, Stephen G. Rhodes, The Generational: Younger Than Jesus