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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Mille-feuille Upper West Side Bakery

Happy July everyone! How crazy is it we are in July already? I am in some serious New York City withdrawal, and unfortunately do not know when I will be back in the city again. I am hoping the vaccine for this virus will be available sooner than later so we can all somewhat go back to our normal lives. 

One of the wonderful places I visited last year and have yet to show you was Mille-Feuille French bakery on the Upper West Side. I stayed in the area, one of my favorites, and loved checking out places on my "to do" list. This bakery is known for their French macarons but everything here is divine. The place is small, and I popped in early to get a table and enjoy the BEST almond croissant ever. Hope these photos don't make you too hungry! 

Works of edible art 




I spy my chocolate almond croissant! 


The savory items looked pretty amazing as well 




The famous macarons! 


Look at that! OMG this was so fantastic and flaky and light. Pure heaven 

I love mushrooms and this looked so good 



Lemon meringue was my Mom's favorite dessert 



These folks are going to be needing our support BIG time when they reopen. I believe they are currently open for take out only. We need to be sure to keep these great places in business and support them. I have been ordering from restaurants/bakeries in the city online to give them business. Please be sure to look for this wonderful bakery when you are in the Upper West Side, you will be a very happy person indeed! 


552 Laguardia Pl
New York 10012
(212) 533-4698

2175 Broadway
New York 10024
(212) 362-6261

Hotel Belleclaire
250 W 77th St
New York, NY


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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Belle da Costa Greene, 1st Director Morgan Library

Belle da Costa Greene, pastel portrait by Paul C├ęsar Helleu, ca. 1913

As we all have been horrified with the tragic events unfolding the last week, in addition to still dealing with the COVID 19 virus I personally hope that all these protests bring change to this world. Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity. 

One of my favorite spots in New York City, The Morgan Library and Museum, showcased on their social media Belle da Costa Greene, the 1st Director of the Morgan Library. I just love the painting of her above, she looks so elegant! 


Ms. Greene, who was born on my birthday December 13, 1883 was the librarian to J.P. Morgan until his death and then to his son, Jack Morgan. In 1924 the private collection was incorporated by the State of NY and the Board of Trustees appointed her the first Director of the Pierpont Morgan Library. 


Ms. Greene was an expert in illuminated manuscripts and J.P. Morgan trusted her expertise as well as her ability to bargain with dealers, she would deal with millions of dollars buying and selling rare manuscripts, art and books for Mr. Morgan. She was educated at Harvard University. Can you imagine what a fantastic job this must have been! 

In 1939 she was elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, only the 2nd woman and first known person of color. 


Ms. Greene was a very fashionable lady, and known for her wonderful looks and designer wardrobe. She sure looks classy in the photo above. When J.P. Morgan passed away in 1913, he left Ms. Greene in his will $50,000 (equal to 1.3 million in 2019) 


Ms. Greene retired from the Morgan Library in 1948 and passed away in New York City in 1950. What a wonderful legacy this woman has left behind for us to all enjoy. 



A bust of Belle now stands prominently and proudly in the historic Library ( I must find that on my very next visit) 

The Morgan Library & Museum announces the creation of two new two-year curatorial fellowships, the Belle da Costa Greene Curatorial Fellowships, to be awarded to promising scholars from communities historically underrepresented in the curatorial and special collections fields. Named for the Morgan’s first director, one of the most prominent American librarians and cultural leaders of the first half of the twentieth century and a woman of color, this full-time program will equip Fellows with a strong working knowledge of museum and special collections library operations and will provide Fellows with resources and mentorship to support them in their professional careers.


“An Illuminated Life” by Heidi Ardizzone is a wonderful book to read about her life. I hope this post brought you as much joy as it did me reading about her, and I am going to be looking for the book about her life to read even more. What an inspiring lady at a time when we are looking for inspiration. 


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Sagaponack Flatiron Closing


I was very sad to hear via Sapagonack Instagram last week they will be closing for good. This pandemic has been especially hard on restaurants, all over the country, but particularly within NYC which has been the epicenter of the virus. I cannot stress enough once things open, and it is safe to do so, patronize your favorite spots. Whether in NYC or your local area, the restaurant industry has taken a huge hit for the last few months and they need all the help us foodies can provide. 

Another way to help those in NYC is that many of them ship their products either direct on their website, which I would try first, or on Goldbelly. This is not a sponsored post in any way, I am just giving you some ideas of ways to support the NYC restaurants. If you go to the Goldbelly site, you can search all NYC places that ship from the site. I have listed a few below, but by no means, is a complete list. It's great getting a bit of NYC delivered to your door! 

 

Shrimp tacos with a small salad and very tasty fries were soo good and I will miss terribly 

This was their lobster avocado blt sandwich which was very fresh, tasty and filling 

I truly hope we do not lose a lot more restaurants to this pandemic, and I plan to support them in any way I possibly can, as well as visiting the city as soon as it is safe to do so. It saddens me deeply when a great restaurant such as Sagaponack has to close due to the pandemic issues we have faced this year. 

I am in serious withdrawal at the moment. Be safe everyone, stay healthy and assist those restaurants in any way you can. 


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Monday, June 1, 2020

Illusions of the Photographer at The Morgan Library


Do you believe it is June already ? I don't know where the time is flying, but it sure is. Hope that you are all doing well and staying healthy. 

Illusions of the Photographer was an exhibit I viewed at The Morgan Library last year. It was quite fascinating to see in person, and I photographed much of the descriptions so you can read along and enjoy! I loved the fact that the photographer was from McKeesport, Pa as I have colleagues that are located in that area. This museum is one of the many places I look forward to getting back to when in the city. 
































225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

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