Monday, June 26, 2017

The Jazz Age Part 1 Cooper Hewitt Museum

I was really thrilled to check out this exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Museum. I am so into the Jazz Age and Art Deco design, and I knew this was going to be amazing! 



How fabulous is this? 

Mirror circa 1930





I never saw so many coffee/tea sets that blew my mind as in this exhibit! 




Love this chair! 


Sorry this came out a bit blurry, but had to show you these cool shoes! 


You would make quite an entrance with this piece! 




Such a cool couch! 

I really loved this piece. 



This exhibit is a MUST see! I really love this set. 

This chair I just j'adore! 

Since my Dad was a shoe repairman, this poster was close to my heart! 


THROUGH AUGUST 20, 2017

A multi-media experience of more than 400 examples of interior design, industrial design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, and architecture, as well as related music and film, The Jazz Age gives full expression to the decade’s diversity and dynamism.

Learn more about The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.


MUSEUM AND SHOP HOURS
Weekdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

CAFE AND GARDEN HOURS

The garden will closed Monday, June 26, through Tuesday, June 27, at noon. We regret the inconvenience.

Weekdays, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sundays, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Simit Sarayi on Fifth Avenue

Walking around the city, with not a big agenda, I came across Simit Sarayi. It is located on Fifth Avenue between 38 and 39th Streets. It looked interesting so I made my way inside. 

How cool do these look? The cuisine is Turkish, and a simit is a turkish style bagel. I did not try one but I was very anxious to do so. 


These looked really wonderful which is a pastry filled with spinach and cheese 


How fantastic does this pizza look? 

Great sandwiches available as well 

These look so awesome, don't you think? They reminded me of a pretzel! 


I actually ended up picking up some cookies, they are a bakery as well as savory foods, and they were off the charts! I cannot wait to get back and try some of these unique items. This is what I love about New York City. You are exposed to so many new things that you probably would never see in your hometown. I am all about new and unique experiences!! 

I found these stained glass windows on my walk from Simit Sarayi and had to share their beauty with you! 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Throwback Thursday "Vanderbilt Mansion"


We are peeking at today a mansion that is no more, located where now the Bergdorf Goodman store stands. I think it would have been pretty cool to tour this one, and think about the stories it would tell.  
Here is some history about Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt: 

Shipping and railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) was a self-made multi-millionaire who became one of the wealthiest Americans of the 19th century. As a boy, he worked with his father, who operated a boat that ferried cargo between Staten Island, New York, where they lived, and Manhattan. After working as a steamship captain, Vanderbilt went into business for himself in the late 1820s, and eventually became one of the country’s largest steamship operators. In the process, the Commodore, as he was publicly nicknamed, gained a reputation for being fiercely competitive and ruthless. In the 1860s, he shifted his focus to the railroad industry, where he built another empire and helped make railroad transportation more efficient. When Vanderbilt died, he was worth more than $100 million.


The mansion was built in 1883, the mansion was, and remains, the largest private residence ever built in New York City.

After Cornelius died, his wife Alice never remarried and continued to live in the mansion and in Newport but the house was never opened again to friends, and the only functions that are known to have happened there were the funerals of her two sons. Subsequently, it was just Alice and the 37 servants needed to run the mansion. (can you imagine having 37 servants for 1 person?)

The trust fund Cornelius had left her produced a yearly income of $250,000, which was just enough to maintain both houses. Alice held on as long as she could, but by the outbreak of World War I Alice was forced to sell it. She had no hope for the house's preservation because she knew that developers (led by real estate developer Frederick Brown) had paid a hefty $7,000,000 for the land, and not for the house that stood on it. A week before the wrecking ball was scheduled to demolish the 43-year-old home, Mrs. Vanderbilt arranged to have it opened to the public for fifty cents admission which would be donated to charity. Before selling it, she donated as many elements from the interiors as she could, including the baronial August St. Gaudens designed fireplace which had graced the entrance hall and the Moorish ceiling piece from the smoking room. She also donated the 10-foot-tall metal front entryway gates. After being forced to sell the house for $7,000,000, she later bought the George J. Gould House for $800,000. 1 West 57th Street was demolished to make way for the Bergdorf Goodman department store which opened in 1928.


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Milliners Guild at The Hydrangea Hurrah June 24, 2017


Milliners and guests


It's that time again!

Hydrangea Hurrah
Saturday June 24, 2017
From 10-3 p.m


The Madison Square Park Conservancy has invited the Milliners Guild to participate in their annual event "Hydrangea Hurrah" in the park again this year.

The Milliners Guild is going to have a booth and will demonstrate hat making, give away paper hats and hydrangea boutonni√®res.

President, Ellen Christine will be giving a lecture on "Mad Hatters talk about Mad Hatters"

11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

Between Fifth & Madison Avenues between 23rd & 26th Streets
Take the N, R, or 6 train to 23rd Street



A fun day out with The Milliners Guild in Madison Square Park! Try to attend if you are in the area!




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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 2017 Events at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden


The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden is a lovely place in New York City. If you feel you have been to all the museums, try this place. So historic, and very quaint, you will really enjoy it. These are their events for the rest of the month of June. I need to do their tea one of these days! 

Summer Garden Concerts and Tours

Garden Concert-highrezListen to live music while relaxing in the garden, join an after-hours private museum  tour and enjoy a historic cocktail and other beverages. 

June 20, 6pmToma Iliev, a graduate of the Julliard School, presents Baroque and classical violin.
June 27, 6 pmChristopher Morrongiello, Mannes College of Music, the Royal College of Music and the University of Oxford,  captivates with lute music of the Renaissance and early Baroque. 
$15 Adults, $5 Children Under 12, Babies under 1 free. Join as a museum member and admission is free.
For reservations and information, click here.


Opera in the Garden: The Fairy Queen

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June 15, 7 pm
June 16, 7 pm.
Gramercy Opera comes to the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum.  Join us in 
our beautiful garden for their first  main stage production: The Fairy Queen.  This re-imagined version of the opera Purcell based on A Midsummer's Night's Dream has been rearranged by classically trained stage director Brittany Goodwin.  
More information and tickets, here.


Ice Cream Garden Social

ice cream garden social1June 17, 1-3 pm.
Join us in the garden for a Path Through History special: a 19th-century Ice Cream Social.  It's an afternoon of ice-cream making, period games and toys and historical tunes for the whole family.
$15 Adults,  $10 Members and Children Under 12. 

For reservations and information, call 212 838 6878.


Grand Victorian Garden Tea

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June 184-8 pm.
Gemini and Scorpio invite you to travel back in time to the Victorian Age, to an elegant country resort a short carriage ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city (which at that time extended only as far as 14th Street). It's a proper turn-of-century tea party with finger sandwiches, scones and fancies served in a darling garden attached to an impossible Victorian cottage overlooking modern Manhattan. Historical chef Rebecca Leigh Silverman will hand-make delectable treats from antique recipes, and give a small talk about each dish.  Enjoy period appropriate leisure activities too.
  Dress code: 1800-1910s summer garden party, with all white, cream and pastel tones encouraged. For tickets click here.



Summer's 2017 History  Weeks

kids-camp-girl-perioddress 2Give your young ones a unique summer experience.  Children enjoy a full week of hands-on exploration of all things 19th century: food, clothing, games, outdoor activities and life behind- the-scenes at a 19th century historic house!
Session One:
Ages 9–12, July 10–148:30 am. to 3pm.
Fee: $275.
Session Two:
Ages 6–8, July 17–21,
9 am to 12:00 pm.
Fee: $200.
     
       10% discount for Family Level Members
To sign up, click here or call 212 838 6878.






Storytime

Third Friday of each month at 10:30am, bring the little ones for historically-themed stories, role-play with the Museum''s Touch Collection, and a 19th-century craft or game.
On June 16,  join us for stories about boating and make a paper boat to take home.
 
Designed for children 6 and under. Free with Museum admission or the Cool Culture Pass.



421 East 61st Street
between First & York
212-838-6878

Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday
11:00am -  4:00pm
Closed New Year''s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Admission:
$8 Adults
 $7 Seniors & Students
Free for Children under 12 Free for Museum Members

Transportation:
Bus:  M15, M31 or M57
Subway: N/R/W or 4/5/6
     to Lexington/59th or Q to 63rd/Third

Built in the 18th century, The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden is a historic site with a modern twist.  Within its walls one can see travel, leisure, work and play in diverse antebellum New York.  Today, the Museum entertains New Yorkers and travelers, still, with unusual events such as scavenger hunts, Victorian banquets, murder mysteries, historic pie making, and activities designed and tailored to today’s busy and sociable New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. Join us Tuesdays-Sundays for a personalized tour of our period rooms, and  check out their website. MVHM.org. 

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