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New York City

I am daunted by the prospect of writing about New York City.  Can I really say something that has not been said before?  Do I have a new perspective from which to experience NYC?  Not really.  I only have my perspective and few favorites that I want to share with you.  Everyone has there own favorite parts of NYC – here are mine:


Tenement Museum, in particular the “Meet the Residents – Confino Tour.”  Built on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7000 working class immigrants.  Today, the museum tells the stories of the people who lived in the building and the surrounding neighborhood.  I took my teenage daughter and her friend to the Confino tour and they were completely engaged.  The Tenement Museum is located at 103 Orchard Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

The Cloisters museum and gardens, on the opposite end of the island, is the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.  It was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century.  This magical and serene place is located in Fort Tryon Park.  A bit of a trek but definitely worth the journey!

Whitney Museum, always has something to challenge and engage the visitor!  Located at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th St.  Before or after, grab a meal at Via Quadronno (see below).  Closed Monday and Tuesday, open late on Friday.

The Neue Galerie is a small, intimate museum devoted to early 20th century German and Austrian art and design.  I have seen many special exhibits here, including a Van Gogh exhibit where I was able to get so close to the paintings that you could feel the wind blowing through the sunflowers.  There is a cafe in the basement where you can get scrumptious pastries.  The Galerie is located at 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street), Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Smithsonian, Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming. Currently closed for renovations.  Exhibits are at various locations throughout the City.

The High Line is a public park built on a freight rail line elevated above Manhattan’s West Side. The High Line is a great place to walk, see the City, eat ice cream and people watch.  The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues.



img_0743Vegetarian Dim Sum House – all vegetarian, all yummy!  It is hard to choose a favorite but I do love the deep fried lotus bun, BBQ mock pork buns and bean curd rolls!  This tiny restaurant is located at 24 Pell St (between Doyers St & Mott St).  Don’t be put off by the lack of ambiance or unfriendly wait staff.


Via Quadronno, located on the Upper East Side at 25 East 73rd St., between Madison & 5th Ave., has divine Paninis topped with cheeses, truffles, and high quality cured meats, soups, hot dishes, cappuccinos and scrumptious homemade pastries.  I highly recommend the Tartufata, finely chopped champignons in truffle oil over Fontina cheese and the Montanara, warm Taleggio cheese over fresh steamed asparagus.  This restaurant is always packed so be prepared to wait!

img_0156Bearded Papa Sweets Cafe – Cream Puffs, ’nuff said.  These yummy treats can be found at 2167 Broadway (between 76th St & 77th St). 




Kinokuniya Bookstore is a Japanese bookstore, cafe and gift shop.  Great finds, cool gifts, and delicious Japanese snacks!  Located at 1073 Ave of the Americas, between 42nd and 40th Streets on Bryant Park.  

Classic Car Club Manhattan, located at 250 Hudson Street in Tribeca,  is full of lots of grown-up toys.  If you want to live in lala land for a bit, saunter on it and take a look!  There is also a location on the Upper East Side at 182 East 73rd St.  I will save that for my next visit.

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