Escape to New York

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Room service breakfast, The Mark Hotel, NYC.

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So, I sneaked away for a quick trip to NY this week.

Didn’t even bring a camera, just my iPhone and walking shoes.

It was, after all, Serious Sale Season.

I kept my packing to bare minimum carry-on by fed-exing my coats and boots to the hotel beforehand. So much easier then schlepping heavy bags and worrying about them getting lost or stolen, which has happened to us on more than one occasion. I brought a pre-printed return slip for homeward shipping. Done & done.

We took in a play the first night, which I didn’t entirely love so I’m not going to mention the name. I think people in the theatre work way too hard to have amateur critics critique them, don’t you?

IMG_2694We had a couple of splendid dining experiences, including one night at “Eleven Madison Park”, mentioned in a previous post and listed in my slow-to-update “Travel” tab

IMG_2687Palate cleansers of heavily marinated diced apples, Apple Jack bourbon, and some molecular  hijinks being prepared in the kitchen at “Eleven Madison Park”

IMG_2666and then there was the wild mushroom and poached egg pizza at “ABC Kitchen

This was my second visit to this really fun & buzzy Jeans George affiliated restaurant and I would highly recommend it.

1f3e2004604411e2913d22000a9e2892_7I also enjoyed cocktails one night with Habitually Chic“‘s Heather Clawson at “Bar Pleiades” in the Surrey Hotel. The rich, delicious concoction sporting a dense head of foamy condensed coconut milk above was called a”Thai-somethingorother”. The perfect libation to evoke the warmth of the tropics on a frigid NY night. We were sitting beside Goop Senior, Blythe Danner, who looked quite fabulous, although I’m sure Gwyneth will be letting herself go all to hell any day now. I can just feel it.

890A5219If you haven’t already checked out Heather’s new book “Creativity at Work” you really should. A thoughtful compilation of creative souls in their work environments, with beautiful photos and very down-to-earth introductions by Heather, as well as inspiring interviews with each subject. A perfect gift or addition to your own library; here my copy (bought the day before Hurricane Sandy hit on my last trip to NY) sits on the living room table this Christmas.

ea28de90618d11e2a2e222000a9e48a3_7As always, walking and window gazing through the streets of Manhattan never disappoints.

I scoped these massive antique crystal urns lit from within on Madison Ave. I’d love to know their origin. Even better, I’d love to see them used now in an entirely modern space. Martyn Bullard would probably know just how to do them justice.

IMG_2633I dreamt and drooled through the recently opened  Christian Liaigre flagship store on the upper east side.

Just give me one of everything, thank you.

IMG_2679and snapped this cute window at Jo Malone, really as a reference for a friend who is opening a tea salon in India! Swoon.

IMG_2646With my good friend Patty, whose hand I’m employing here for scale, I found a wine glass in Bergdorf Goodman that had my name written all over it. (back off Andrew!)

We had lunch in Bergdorf’s Kelly Wearstler designed restaurant which is usually delicious and ripe for people watching.

Somehow I always end up standing in front of the lady’s room mirror, ever so slightly lifting the sides of my face up.

IMG_2705I stayed at The Mark Hotel where, as long time readers are aware, my love of black & white stripes has been applied with reckless abandon.

The best part of The Mark experience? The Jeans Georges restaurant room service!

Rushing into the lobby one day, I humiliatingly tossed a warm hello to a lady I was so sure I knew (who then asked my name and we both drew a blank :() only to realise 1/2 way up the elevator she was a NYC realtor from a reality show my husband watches. Upon returning from dinner the same night,  Sonja fill-in-the-name, from “Housewives of NY” was standing at the entrance and let’s just say Sonja had been enjoying more than a few cocktails. Ouch. But then I guess you don’t end up on reality TV by being a wallflower.

faf06bac60e911e28ce622000a9f13a7_7The Mark hotel (photos from my Instagram)

64c9aed65f5e11e28e3c22000a1f9d44_7So, a little food & drink, a spot of shopping & people watching, a drop of culture and the company of loved ones- a perfect week in NY.

and least we forget (azziff) ‘Downton Abbey’ tomorrow!

890A5785My butler’s bells are vibrating in anticipation

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Wishing a Splendid Whheeekend to All!

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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;

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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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RainDancer Rambles in Gotham

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Don’t let this photo fool you-  The sun only came out for about 5 minutes yesterday just as I happened to be walking past Central Park so I dashed in and ‘lensed” this  (See, I’m hip to all the new lingo on the inter-web :) ) with my new camera. This photo was taken with my super sonic  12X lens fully engaged.  Although it isn’t crystal clear, you can  see the quality in full zoom is still pretty good..There were only 7, no maybe 8 leaves that had started to turn for Fall.

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Most of the time  the weather’s  looked more like this…

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Reminding me of this fabulous scene that Rutger Hauer just kills in Bladerunner;

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Watch the clip here

Sigh.  it’s so poignant- it gives me chills every time.

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OK, back to me :)

You can only imagine the  effect the rain and crazy humidity have had on my hair. I return to the hotel with my head twice the size of  when I left.   Yesterday, after I managed to wedge it back into our room, I was about to suggest we go down and have a cocktail in the sexy hotel bar when I caught sight of my husband. He was sitting on the edge of the bed donning day-glo ear buds, and Bose headphones, and a huge black Batman sleeping mask, complete with molded nose cup.  These on (and precious little else) he cocked  his index finger at me like he was jauntily shooting a pistol,  said “YOU put a ring on it”  and promptly fell fast asleep.  Apparently I’m married to Bethanny Frankel with a beard. It was 5pm.  Is it really that untoward for a woman to sit in a hotel bar all alone, nursing a martini while constantly  patting her hair down as she  laughs and quietly mutters to herself??   Oh- that’s so sweet- I knew you’d be on my side!!

It’s one of the things I love about New York – you can always be assured that every time you walk down the street you’re going to see 100 people that look far crazier than you and another 100 that make you want to head straight to your parents and ask “What’s up with the lousy gene cards folks??”

And then there’s the things you “Overhear” in NY;

A couple in the corner booth of a nice restaurant;  she, mid to late 40′s, attractive, very blonde.  He, late 80′s, early 90′s  and virtually bald except for, wait for it… silvery bangs striating to gold  (like the finale dress in Marc Jacob’s Fall show)  BANGS! as in Anna Wintour, that somehow sprung from nowhere, as he was hairless above.  Donald Trump- you’re goin’ down! This guy just combed you  under the table my friend!   I’m not being cruel, simply setting the visual for what came next.  In a loud voice ( I’m no Gladys Kravitz, but I was two tables away ) he said to her “WELL, You’re certainly NOT the most beautiful woman  in the world, but…you’re good enough for me. I think I could fall in love with you.”   He really said that!  Thankfully, he didn’t make the pistol shooting gesture, but he said those exact words.  I wanted to go over and throw my martini water on his head.  The poor woman said nothing.  She just kept nodding and smiling sadly.  UnCOMFortable…I’m only repeating this  because I’m pretty sure he doesn’t read Slim Paley.  If  by any chance I’m wrong- I meant the other old guy with the silvery golden bangs, not you Sir.

His bang colours, only in reverse.

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But I’ll leave you with something a little more fun and pleasant in silver and gold…

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Miu Miu in Bergdorf’s

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I’m off to possibly overhear more snippets of conversation

(Hope we have a strategically placed table at Quality Meats.

OK, maybe you can call me Mrs. Kravitz :) )

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