A Page From My New York Diary

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A beautiful botanical extravaganza in a Bergdorf’s window  (Carolina Herrera)

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Don’t you just LOVE New York?!  There is just so much to do and see in this city it’s crazeee.  One week is really not enough! wa wa…  I hope I can come back soon.  We’ve  had such a great time and I will always remember getting up early and watching the Royal wedding from my hotel here.

As always, the shop windows were fabulous…

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The film/book “Water For Elephants” was the theme for some of Bergdorf’s windows

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Such pretty detail- love the contrast of the sequins and floral against the circus straw.

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As I mentioned in my last post

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Cherry blossoms were everywhere…

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Even growing in…

.and back out of the windows at Van Cleef & Arpels

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In fact,

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Extending out of the confines of window spaces appeared to be the theme along 5th Ave this week!

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Louis Vuitton

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A particularly fun window filled with vintage sewing machines at “All Saints”, an outpost of the London store.

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Spring’s bounty was abundant in all the hotels & restaurants

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The Plaza Hotel

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President Obama decided to be in the same area of town as me. Coincidence??

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We even managed to get out of the city one night and enjoyed

 an AMAZING dining experience at

Blue Hill at Stone Barns  in Pocantico Hills (Westchester,NY)

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Straight from the farm to the table, everything served at Blue Hill is either grown or raised or produced there.  The photo above is of fresh baby vegetables presented in such a charming way. Who knew a simple leaf could taste that delicious?!

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Crazy fresh salad is presented on individual triangular slabs of granite.

My favourite thing, besides the insanely delicious seafood soup?

A smoked Kale cocktail.  You heard me.

I’m sorry I couldn’t take more photos, but a girl’s gotta be discreet (sometimes :) )

Blue Hill at Stone Farms is about a 50-60 minute drive from Manhattan. Jackets required.

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And speaking of cocktails…

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 I finally went to the Pegu Club

Delicious cocktails there too!

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BTW,

If your plans are taking you to NYC in the near future, I strongly recommend this little book;

eat.shop nyc

It’s hip, fun to read & accurate

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The view up 6th ave. from the hotel bath window

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I was struck by the dark, shrouded silhouette of this building against the night skies of the Village.

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And lastly,

Talk about being in a place that you’ll never forget when something momentous happens-

I’m now in Washington, DC and the streets are filled with people yelling and running towards the White House with the news of Osama Bin Laden!

This certainly will be a trip I’ll never forget.

Well done America

What a week!!

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23 Comments

  1. Astounding time to be in DC…yes we can! Love seeing the Bergdorf windows, I’m sharing them with all of my FB friends. Isn’t it amazing how they continue to out do themselves??? Wonderful ideas on new restaurant-es in nyc. enjoy!

  2. Oh my goodness. Share much of what you saw in NYC and then came over after seven years(!) to my beloved Round Hill, Jamaica. I never leave the USA unless Alex does, too. So- he is surfing in Nicaragua with the “pack” and I am half naked with a much desired piña colada on my terrace and… The texts began!!
    Obama disclosure was perfection. (renewed hope?) A tremendous day for all.
    Have to say timing is everything – well done to Kate and William, as well.
    Let’s get our troops home !!!! Be safe, Dollie. X

  3. Wow! What a week – the Wedding, the Pope, and Bin Laden! Stay safe in D.C. – and thank you for the gorgeous shop window pics.

  4. I just love your posts ! And needless to say totally romanticize New York – it’s my Paris !! Stunning window displays – especially Bergdorf and will take your advice on that little book. Sounds like a fabulous trip.

  5. Sounds like a fab. week!! Just a question: did you go to the Kips Bay Show House? I’m heading to NY and that’s on the “to do list”, if you were there I’d love your feedback.

    What a tremendous day to celebrate my brand new US citizenship!

  6. Dear Slim
    This week has been seared into the minds of the world with historical and political accomplishments and fairy tale romance. But you, my dear Slim, bring the every day girl romance and privilege and perspective we could not otherwise be privy to. Thank you for being our Duchess we love you!

  7. Great trip. The sublime combined with the historic. Do something good for the economy while you’re there. Slim. Maybe in some nice little shop in Georgetown.
    BTW, did you see “The Conspirator”? (Robert Redford’s historically accurate story of the Lincoln assassination) It’s fascinating and so relevant to today’s current events- and I think Mary Suratt’s boarding house is still open for tours.

    Love love the botanical window at Bergdorf’s. xo

  8. Great photos of the window displays, they are incredible, I love how they flow from inside to outside.

    Not too keen on the little man holding the “Fairy Floss Candy”, i can easily see him jumping out of the window yielding a knife..

    That’s so cool that you were in DC when the announcement was made… woot woot!!!
    on to Gadhafi?

  9. New York is such a great city…love all your photos. The window displays are so fun! And very cool to be in DC right now !!

    xxLily
    goldandgray.com

  10. Thank you so much, talk about “wa wa”! I want to be in there! Beautiful pictures, love all of the windows and am about to google Amazon to absorb your great book recommendation. I want to visit in the Fall, my husband is leery though… last time we “visited”, I talked him into a lease in the West Village and almost refused to go home when it was over. I would have if he hadn’t insisted! It is crazyyyy, and my attention deficit is neck-swinging busy. I went to grad school (design) years ago– I felt like I was home. I was so unsophisticated that I actually took a taxi, that I flagged next to Washington Square, and asked to be taken to Washington Square. I realized my mistake when he drove around and dropped me off at the exact place I flagged him down. Ha! Did you ever visit the Showhouse? Thank you again, you are a wealth of information and hilariously funny, how refreshing!

  11. Blue Hill – amazing! But you must be used to fresh from the garden in CA! New York, New York it’s a heck of a town – I am so glad the weather held for you and all the windows were showing their outrageously wonderful Spring finery! I am sorry to see the buzz on the wedding end – loved every minute. We even had a special “royal” sale in our shop with discounts for anything of British origin! A British woman came in and made a remark about the “ugly sisters.” Better she say it than me!

  12. Isn’t it funny how the most BEAUTIFUL things (like those amazing shop windows) come alive in a city that always smells faintly of urine?! And I say this, laughing, as a true New York lover! Love, love NYC and all of its wonderful, colorful, diverse beautiful-ness.

  13. Your trip sounds like every thing one could wish for , and then some. Amazing windows , makes one difficult not to at least pop in. Your weather obliged this time. How great to have a visit with Older Son. Fabulous news for you to come home knowing there is one less demon in our world! xo

  14. Thanks S.P. for the beautiful pictures of N.Y. I feel as though I am there having fun with you. Cheers! I’ve only been to New York once but will never forget it and want to go back and experience it again…

  15. Hmmm…everywhere you go, the Prez goes…or is it vice versa. I’d rather you stalk …well, you know!
    R s r r
    Great stuff, SP!!! Y u T e o r d’ G e t e l o e !
    o h W l a s t b gg

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