Friday, August 26, 2016

The New York Historical Society

I visited the NY Historical Society for the first time last month. It was one of those things on my "to do" list and glad to finally have a visit. I was waiting for the place to open, and while walking around the area, ran into Ricky Gervais coming from Central Park with his girlfriend. I am a HUGE fan of his, love the original version of the Office, so I was thrilled. I never really saw many famous people before, but it seems lately, maybe because I am in so much, I am seeing them often! 

President Lincoln greets you when you enter the museum. He was quite a tall guy, as the statue is his exact height. 
When you walk in, Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr are in their duel positions, which is pretty neat 





The museum didn't have very many exhibits as the 4th floor's permanent collection is closed for renovations from Sept 2014 to March 2017. Since I had never visited, I did see what was on exhibit on the day, but probably would only go back if there was an exhibit that really interested me. 




This guy reminded me of Johnny Depp as Tonto in the Lone Ranger movie! 
Okay, okay so this is a lady. However, some may have thought it was a guy as states below. If it is a lady, she needs a trip to Sephora asap. I do like the blue dress she/he is wearing. Pour soul! 

Many lovely paintings to admire here 
The Hamilton craze is all over this museum 
These were medicines from a very long time ago, amazing to me they lasted all these years 

Lovely painting of our US Flag 
I love Tiffany lamps and anything stained glass 


Probably my favorite one, would love to have this in my home 


There was a Folk Art exhibit that day, so I had to see what that was all about 
Loved this painting, she has the eyebrows of 2016 !







Nice to know they sold lottery tickets in 1800 

The admission fee for this museum is $20.00 and I just felt other museums offer much more to see for that price. I was glad I went, but not sure how often I will be back. There is a fabulous restaurant in the museum titled Caffe' Storico, which I will feature here on another post, that is a must try. You do not need to pay entrance for the museum to just eat in the restaurant.


The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
Telephone (212) 873-3400, (212) 873-7489 (TTY)

Museum & Museum Store Hours
Monday CLOSED
Tuesday – Thursday 10 am – 6 pm
Friday 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
New-York Historical offers free daily tours of the Museum's collections at 2 PM and 3:30 PM.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday " Schiaparelli at The Met"


Today's throwback is to 2012, and the fantastic fashion exhibit at The Met of Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations . This was such an amazing fashion exhibit, and this dress was one of my favorites. I believe it was from the 1920's but could easily be worn in 2016. This was the first press event I attended where I saw Bill Cunningham. That actually made me shake, I was so excited! The Met's new fashion exhibit for the winter Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion should be a truly wonderful display. It will run November 8, 2016 to February 5th 2017.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

10 Best Cheesecakes in New York City


NY Cheesecake is pretty much an institution. The city has been famous for this yummy dessert for a heck of a long time. In the 1900s, cheesecakes were very popular in New York. Every restaurant had their version. Around 1929 - Arnold Reuben, owner of the legendary Turf Restaurant at 49th and Broadway in New York City, claimed that his family developed the first cream-cheese cake recipe. The Italian bakeries may use ricotta instead of the cream cheese to create their cheesecake masterpiece. Many of the places below have been around for a very long time, and I would say trying a piece of cheesecake from each place on the list would be a fun idea! I really enjoy Junior's cheesecake, as well as Ferrara Bakery and Veniero's. Carnegie Deli is just classic cheesecake and oh so yummy. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Junior's Restaurant
2. Ferrara Bakery
3. Veniero's Pastry Shop
4. Eileen's Special Cheesecake
5. Carnegie Deli
6. S & S Cheesecake
7. Two Little Red Hens
8. Breads Bakery 
9. F Monteleone Bakery and Cafe
10. Lady M Cake Boutique


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Beautiful Architecture of the Upper East Side


Walking along these streets you feel like you are taken back in another time. Another century. You will find homes built for the daughter of Mrs. William B. Astor or President Ulysses S. Grant, in the magnificent Beaux Arts and French Renaissance-style. These are some gorgeous finds when I was walking around the area on a recent trip. These scenes never get old, do they? 




One of my most favorite buildings! 




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