December 2010 In New York

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There’s always something magical happening in New York City. This weekend I’m taking pleasure in a few of my favourite things. Read on with this musical accompaniament.

1) New York Diners. New York is dotted with classic diners chock-a-block with ornery people crammed into vinyl-clad booths, while waitresses with their hair in buns held by bic pens parade around with the coffee pot topping every one up. The diners have charming names like ‘The Moon Rock Diner’, ‘Neil’s Coffee Shop’ and ‘The Renaissance’. I love the vintage signage, the bizarre interiors, the massive sandwiches and chocolate milkshakes.

2) Barney’s Inside and Out. Barney’s, at the corner of Madison and 61st, is my NY retailer of choice for a new wearable. It’s my go-to place when I’m seeking something I doubt I’d find for a similar price in Toronto, like this fun Burkman Brothers plaid shirt. Barney’s also does the best windows, especially at Holiday!

3) Central Park. Every time I visit I always stroll through Central Park, as you never know what you’re going to see. Amongst the horse-drawn carriages and enchanting bucolic vistas, this trip I had a Spider Man sighting, revelled in some Japanese skipping experts and watched the crowd grow restless waiting for the zamboni to finish coating the skating rink.

5) Leonardo’s Last Supper by Peter Greenaway at Armoury Park. Each time I visit my pals expose me to a new experience. Thanks guys! This time they indugled me a multi-media art installation at the Armoury. As the promotion describes and photo below illustrates: “Artist and filmmaker Peter Greenaway brings new insight into one of the world’s most celebrated masterpieces in his multimedia reverie of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Set within a full-scale replica of the dome of Refectory of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan, the home of the original painting, a meticulously detailed facsimile of The Last Supper is brought to life through Greenaway’s ingenious manipulation of light, sound, and theatrical illusion. Visitors navigate a series of vivid audio-visual environments that provoke new ways of seeing this iconic work.” This was a great experience. If you happen to be in NYC and want to catch it, click here for details.

6) Eataly. Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world, recently opened here in New York. Two years after Oscar Farinetti opened his groundbreaking food and wine market in Turin, Italy, he has teamed up with Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich of Batali-Bastianich Hospitality Group to transform a 50,000 square – foot space in the Flatiron District into New York City’s premier culinary mecca. Located at 200 Fifth Avenue, Eataly has become the city’s ultimate destination for food lovers of Italian delicacies and wine, with a culinary educational center and a slate of boutique eateries. If you’re new to my blog, you’ll discover I love a great marketplace, including Seattle’s Pike Place Market and Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market. This spectacular place features cured meats and cheeses, fruits and vegetables, fresh meats, fresh fish, handmade pasta, desserts and baked goods and coffees. I LOVE the vegetable butcher! What? How amazing is that?

7) Ristorante Sant Ambroeus. Whenever I’m in New York and there’s a chill in the air, I visit Sant Ambroeus in the West Village. Just as much as I love chocolate milkshakes from diners, I love the Hot Chocolate at Sant Ambroeus! Sinful, since 1936!

For more NY fun, here’s a past blog on New York’s High-Line green space! Love it!

~ Steven

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