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Monday, October 14, 2019


I was extremely thrilled to be able to pop in the city last Friday to check out the latest installation from British artist Lucy Sparrow. She is a fantastic artist who makes wonderful everyday items out of felt. Each piece is hand signed by the artist. Her last installation in NYC was in Chelsea and items sold out before the end of the run. She makes a certain number of pieces to bring for the exhibit/shop and when they are sold out, they are gone. The NY Deli is a great idea and I was thrilled at each item. At a time in the world when there is so much negative news, it is nice to step into a place like this and have a smile the whole time you are there. The lowest items seemed to be in the Patisserie shop but I managed to snag a few pieces. I hope you enjoy the photos and if you are in the city prior to October 20th, I would highly suggest you stop in. It is right near Magnolia Bakery on 6th and W. 49th Street.  

As much as I love macarons, I couldn't purchase 1 for $20 and decided on bigger items instead. Are they not the most adorable?  

One of these little guys came home with me - not many of them left  
The carrot cake was adorable too and kept calling me to take home  

The corn was just too good!  

I also felt the need to take a banana home as well  

It was really hard to not purchase an oyster but I refrained  

The onions were another fave with a little tear! So darn cute!! 

From the Rockefeller Center Website:

Contemporary British artist Lucy Sparrow, known for her covetable felt art pieces and shops, will return to New York City with Lucy Sparrow’s Delicatessen on 6th, an interactive public art project and retail experience at Rockefeller Center. This sixth installation in her felt shop series is a New York City upscale deli, with every single one of the items, from cheese to fish, chocolate to fruit handmade out of felt. All items in the fine food shop is available for purchase. This installation is part of the ‘Art in Focus’ public art program at Rockefeller Center presented in partnership with the non-profit Art Production Fund. Open 11am - 8pm, 7 days a week, October 1 - 20, 2019. 

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Quin Central Park by Hilton Club Hotel Review 2018

Classification : Five Star
Room Category : Premier Room
Month of Stay :  December 2018
Resort Fee:         NONE

Trip Advisor Ranking 116 of 505 (as of 10/05/19)
Trivago Rating  8.8 out of 10 (as of 10/05/19)

What kind of history goes with this hotel? In a storied beaux arts building once frequented by famed artists and musicians, this posh hotel across the street from Carnegie Hall is less than 2 blocks from Central Park and the subway. Prior to its 2013 reopening, the Quin was originally the Buckingham Hotel, designed by American architect, Emery Roth, which opened in 1929. Some of the famous folks who stayed here were Georgia O'Keefe and Marc Chagall. June of 2018 it was announced the sale of the Quin to Hilton Hotels for $175 million US dollars.

When you arrived, how was the lobby and customer service? This was my second stay at this hotel and I was there to celebrate my birthday in December. The lobby is one of my favorites, so classy and lots of artwork to admire. The customer service was okay, I felt it could have been better since I was a return guest, but no real complaints. For the level of a 5 Star, I would expect more.

How fantastic or not so fantastic was the room? They did give me an upgrade of a room, a corner room which was a lovely size. Their rooms are usually very well sized, one of my favorites in the city.

The cleanliness of the hotel and room itself ? The room was very clean, no issues whatsoever.

Were you able to have sweet dreams with the comfy bed? The bed was extremely comfortable. Italian lines are so soft and make for very pleasant dreams.

The All-Important bathroom subject? One of my most favorite hotel bathrooms. Mostly marble everywhere, a gorgeous rain shower and plenty of room to do all the bathroom things! I love the marble seat in the shower, if you just want to take a relax while enjoying the rain shower. 

What kind of shower treats awaited you? Coffee maker in the room? Fresh toiletries are always a joy to use and a wonderful Nespresso machine was provided with beautiful cups and free water. 

Did room service blow your mind or was just okay? I did not order room service this time, but when I did before it was very good.

Everyone wants to know, is Wi-Fi included? FREE Wi-Fi for all

Is Fido allowed come with you? Sorry, no pets allowed

Location is key, how does this hotel measure? This location is really great. You are a block away from 5th Avenue, near Central Park, Columbus Circle, Carnegie Hall.

What was the best part of staying here? I would say the location and the luxury of the hotel. It is a very comfortable place to return to after exploring the city. The rooms are a great size for NYC and you can walk most places or take a quick cab. It is a great hotel to explore the Upper West Side as well as you are not far from that spectacular area of the city.

Would you change anything? I think they could be more generous with upgrading your room if you are a repeat visitor and welcome gifts would be a nice touch waiting for you in the room. I feel as well for a 5 star that the customer service overall could be very improved.

Is this hotel worth it and why? This will always be on of my favorite hotels and I hope that Hilton keeps up the luxury service that I have been used to. It will be a hotel I will stay at again and again when I wish to be in this area of the city provided Hilton does not lower the standards.

Overall Rating: 8


Hotel prices are at their lowest in the months of January and February; their highest September and October. Sunday nights are the lowest prices for hotel rooms, in most cases. My go to places for checking prices for hotels are TrivagoTrip and Travelzoo. Always remember to check the hotel's website itself, they are really trying to have you book direct and sometimes offer specials or a discount with AAA that is cheaper than the websites I mentioned above. I am also finding that if you book on your mobile device, you can save some money as well. I actually got a better rate via my mobile phone than using my AAA discount online direct at the hotel. You should really do some research on your price for hotel a few different ways, and ALWAYS book a room that you can cancel, you never know what may happen in the future. You also want the ability to change hotels if you should find a better option closer to your date of arrival. 

Resort fees are something I am seeing at more New York hotels, about 82 of the over 400 hotels in New York City now charge. These fees can run you between $30 to $60 per night for your stay. They list services such as newspapers, in room coffee or WiFi for these fees, and if you book with a hotel that has this fee, you are obligated to pay it. When checking your prices, be sure to look for the small print if there is an additional resort fee and make your decision whether you want that additional charge. Some of the hotels in New York City that charge the fee are: Park Central Hotel $40.16, WestHouse New York $53.93, Avalon Hotel $22.95, Royalton Park Avenue $40.00, The James New York Soho $45.90, The James New York NoMad $38.11, The Warwick $25.00, The Benjamin $38.11, The Quin $21.78, Crowne Plaza Times Square $34.43, Hotel 48Lex $60.00, The Redbury New York $32.66, The Knickerbocker $34.43, The Viceroy Central Park $29.00. These prices are as of 03/25/18

Remember to take into account for your total cost the NYC Hotel tax of 14.75% plus Daily $2.00 per room occupancy fee.

Disclosure: This stay was paid for by me. I will always state at the end of each review whether my stay was paid for by myself or if I was hosted by the hotel. I will honestly tell you about my experience at this hotel, not being swayed in any way by complimentary services. I know you trust my opinion, & it is important to me to be as honest as possible.  All opinions are my own. Thank you so much.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Must See Exhibits Coming up at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Image: Lorenz Helmschmid (German, first recorded 1467, died 1516). Field Armor of Maximilian I (detail), 1480. Steel, copper alloy, and leather. Sallet: private collection, New York; all other armor elements: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Imperial Armoury (A 60)

I felt the need to alert you of some very wonderful exhibits coming up at the Met Museum. They offer a little bit of everything, which the Met always does very well, and I am hoping to attend all of them. I will be showing exclusive features for each, for those who cannot make the exhibits in person. If you are able to view any of these, I think you will be greatly impressed. The first one opens tomorrow and should be a real WOW factor. I recently watched a documentary about how they made Armor from NOVA: Secrets of the Shining Knight on Netflix and it was so very interesting. 

The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, & Ambition of Maximilian I October 7 to January 5, 2020

The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I will examine the profound significance of European armor at the dawn of the Renaissance, through the lens of Emperor Maximilian I's (1459–1519) remarkable life. On view only at The Met, The Last Knight will coincide with the five hundredth anniversary of Maximilian's death, and is the most ambitious North American loan exhibition of European arms and armor in decades. Including 180 objects selected from some thirty public and private collections in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, The Last Knight will explore how Maximilian's unparalleled passion for the trappings and ideals of knighthood served his boundless worldly ambitions, imaginative stratagems, and resolute efforts to forge a lasting personal and family legacy.

This exhibition will feature many works of art on view outside Europe for the first time, including Maximilian's own sumptuous armors that highlight his patronage of the greatest European armorers of his age, as well as related manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, glass, tapestry, and toys, all of which emphasize the emperor's dynastic ambitions and the centrality of chivalry at the imperial court and beyond.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899

Gerhard Emmoser (German, active 1556–84). Celestial globe with clockwork, 1579. Austrian, Vienna. Partially gilded silver, gilded brass (case); brass, steel (movement); 10 3/4 x 8 x 7 1/2 in. (27.3 x 20.3 x 19.1 cm); diameter of globe: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.636)

Making Marvels: Science & Splendor at the Courts of Europe
November 25 to March 1, 2020

Between 1550 and 1750, nearly every royal family in Europe assembled vast collections of valuable and entertaining objects. Such lavish public spending and display of precious metals was considered an expression of power. Many princes also believed that the possession of artistic and technological innovations conveyed status, and these objects were often prominently showcased in elaborate court entertainments, which were characteristic of the period.

Making Marvels will explore the complex ways in which the wondrous items collected by early modern European princes, and the contexts in which they were displayed, expressed these rulers' ability to govern. Approximately 170 objects—including clocks, automata, furniture, musical instruments, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, print media, and more—from both The Met collection and over fifty lenders worldwide will be featured. Visitors will discover marvelous innovations that engaged and delighted the senses of the past, much like twenty-first-century technology holds our attention today—through suspense, surprise, and dramatic transformations.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 999

In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection
November 27 to May 17, 2020

The Costume Institute's fall 2019 exhibition will feature promised gifts from Sandy Schreier, a pioneering collector, who over the course of more than half a century assembled one of the finest private fashion collections in the United States. The show will explore how Schreier amassed a trove of twentieth-century French and American couture and ready-to-wear, not as a wardrobe, but in appreciation of this form of creative expression.

Ms. Schreier's interest in fashion began in childhood, when she accompanied her father to work at Russeks, the Detroit branch of the New York speciality store, where she met some of the city's most fashionable women. Seeing Ms. Schreier's enthusiasm for dress, these women began gifting her pieces of their couture, which she preserved rather than wore.

The gift is part of The Met's 2020 Collections Initiative celebrating the Museum's 150th anniversary. In Pursuit of Fashion will feature approximately 80 of the 165 promised gifts, including womenswear, accessories, and fashion illustrations dating from a 1908 pochoir album, Les Robes de Paul Poiret, developed in collaboration with Paul Iribe to a 2004 Phillip Treacy butterfly hat.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Phone: 212-535-7710

General Admission: 
For visitors from outside New York State:
 Adults $25
 Seniors (65 and over) $17
 Students $12
 Members and Patrons Free
 Children (under 12) Free

For New York State residents as well as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut students, the amount you pay is up to you.

Open Seven Days a Week
Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm*
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm*

Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, and the first Monday in May. Friday evenings are made possible by the Ruth Lapham Lloyd Trust. Saturday evenings are made possible by the William H. Kearns Foundation.

*Galleries are cleared fifteen minutes before closing.

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