Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Metropolitan Museum of Art Named #1 World Museum by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards



I had to share the news with you that the Metropolitan Museum of Art was named the world's #1 museum from Trip Advisor! I use Trip Advisor all the time for checking out hotel reviews and trust their lists to be true. This museum is truly a gem in New York City, and should be on everyone's bucket list. The building itself is an architectural wonder and the treasure inside are even better! 


(New York, September 20, 2017)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been named the world's #1 museum in the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice® awards for an unprecedented third consecutive year, making it the only museum to receive the valued ranking for three years in a row. TripAdvisor highlights the top museums around the world based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings, gathered over a 12-month period.
"We're incredibly honored to receive this recognition from our visitors," said Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Met. "We care deeply about the experience our visitors have at the Museum, and strive every day to present our collection, exhibitions, and programs in an exciting and engaging manner, and to provide amenities that make everyone feel at home here."
 




 "Everyone should go to The Met at least once in their lifetime, and travelers can take advantage of the insightful reviews and experiences available on TripAdvisor to enhance their visit," said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. 
 
The Met welcomed 7 million visitors across its three locations----- The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer----- in the fiscal year that ended on June 30 (FY17). In addition to its robust program of exhibitions----- including the upcoming Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer (opening November 13, 2017)----- the Museum also offers tens of thousands of classes, programs, and activities for visitors each year. 


Amenities for Visitors at The Met
The Met offers a variety of amenities at each location. The Audio Guide, which is available on a free web app for smartphones and on a rental player at the Museum, features various itineraries in 10 languages as well as over 3,000 audio and video messages.  Over a dozen tours are offered each day in multiple languages, and printed and downloadable maps and itineraries offer additional guidance through the galleries. The Museum also offers EmptyMet tours, which allow visitors to experience The Met Fifth Avenue before it opens to the public. EmptyMet tickets are booked via TripAdvisor and include same-day admission to The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer (Tuesday-Sunday), and The Met Cloisters.

 
The Museum's free app on iPhone, iPad, and Android offers a simple yet personalized way to find art, exhibitions, and events at all three locations.
 
Various types of refreshments are offered throughout the Museum's three locations. Favorites include The Dining Room and The American Wing CafĂ© at The Met Fifth Avenue, and Flora Bar and Flora Coffee at The Met Breuer.
 
The Met Store offers a wide selection of gifts inspired by the Museum's works of art and exhibitions at each location and online at store.metmuseum.org. Purchases at The Met Store support The Met's collection, study, conservation, and presentation of art. 
Through its website and social media accounts on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, The Met expands its visitor experience to people all over the world. 
 
For all of TripAdvisor's 2017 Travelers' Choice award-winning museums, go to www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Museums.

Travelers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #travelerschoice.
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About The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City----- The Met Fifth AvenueThe Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.
Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.



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About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site,* enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With more than 535 million reviews and opinions covering the world's largest selection of travel listings worldwide-over 7 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants-TripAdvisor provides travelers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travelers can find the lowest price on the hotel that's right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world's largest travel community of 415 million average unique monthly visitors,** all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.
*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, May 2017

**Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2017
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September 20, 2017
Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Fifth Avenue Cloistersmetmuseum.org
New York, NY 10021
Fort Tryon Park
New York, NY 10040

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Brunch at Zia Maria in Chelsea

I headed into the city on a totally gorgeous Saturday for an architecture cruise from Chelsea Piers. My initial place to dine for brunch, RARE bar and grill, only had the bar open for seating. So I decided to find something just walking around, that is always pretty easy to do in this city.  

I really scored a gem, Zia Maria Restaurant, which looked so adorable!  
The menu looked amazing and prices were very good as well. The frittata was calling my name!  
The inside decor is really lovely. The place has been open since 2016.  



Bread at the table with olive oil was hot and fresh. So darn yummy.  
My choice was totally delish and very generous serving.  



I cannot wait to bring a few friends here to enjoy this lovely place. They have a pretty extensive menu, including wonderful brick oven pizza. I would highly recommend if you are in the area looking for somewhere to dine. 

318 West 23rd Street
bet 8th and 9th Avenue
NY, NY 

Sun - Thurs 11am to 10pm
Fri - Sat  11am to 11pm 

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Friday, September 22, 2017

10 Best Seafood Restaurants in NYC


I am a huge seafood lover. I really do not eat a whole lot of meat, but I love a good burger. There are so many fantastic seafood restaurants in the city, I felt it was good to do a top 10 listing. There really isn't much seafood I do not eat, love oysters, salmon, haddock, shrimp, scallops, calamari. Funny thing is lobster is not a huge favorite of mine, but I had a lobster roll at Cull and Pistol which was pretty fantastic. I think as long as the seafood is the freshest available, it will be quite tasty. We always had the Feast of the Seven Fishes at Christmas Eve and I looked forward to it each year.

Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Le Bernardin - Chef Eric Ripert's most elegant and tasty seafood restaurant

2. Lure Fishbar - Wonderful Soho location with yacht design, amazing raw bar here

3. Oceana - Fantastic American seafood and very extensive wine list

4. Marea - Italian seafood by Chef Michael White

5. The John Dory Oyster Bar - If you love oysters, this is the place to be!

6. Burger and Lobster - Combining 2 of the greatest foods!

7. Grand Central Oyster Bar - The oysters are amazing however very extensive menu.

8. A Taste of Seafood - Amazing fried seafood

9. Red Hook Lobster Pound - For all the lobster lovers

10. Cull and Pistol - Located in Chelsea Market, totally amazing seafood including fresh oysters


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Throwback Thursday "Tribute to Dad"


A tribute today for my Dad, who passed on this day in 2004. I cannot believe it is 13 years he is gone. I know they say time heals all wounds, but the passing of any parent never goes away. I miss him dearly, and this is one of my favorite photos of him when he was quite young. He became a father later in life, at 50, but that is more common today. He had a great sense of humor, and loved to cook on our outdoor grill in the summer months. I miss so much about him, but mostly just being able to chat about life. I know he is with me every day in spirit, and of course, in my heart.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Walking in NYC is Best

I always say New York City is a fabulous walking city. I hate to have a day planned and see rain in the forecast. Makes me frown! This is the amazing Rosemary's (great name, don't you think?) located on 18 Greenwich Avenue. They open from 7am to 12am so you can enjoy whatever type of fare you desire. A must stop.  
This is New York. You just walk along and see this architecture and you are amazed. This is why you need to get out of Times Square area! Love this !!  
We grabbed one of the Citibikes to Chelsea as there is a street that has some real cool shops. I still prefer to walk than bike. 
We are now in Chelsea at Academy Records West 18th Street and 5th Avenue/ If you love vintage records as well as new and used CD's, this is your heaven. It is fun to spend hours in here just browsing around. 
Krup's Kitchen and Bath is a fabulous place for your chic kitchen appliances. The selection below was in front of the store, and I just had to take photos for my readers. Love it!! 

I just love the detail on these buildings. It would have been great to see them actually carving all this gorgeous work. I get sad when they decide to get rid of old buildings as you are losing so much character for a neighborhood. This is the Trader Joe's in the Mattel Building, just gorgeous!! 
The Vidal Sassoon Salon in Chelsea on West 18th Street. The "master" of the bob style!! 
Ah, the fabulous shop Adorama, on West 18th Street near 6th Avenue, which carries a great selection of cameras and equipment. They also have classes as well, & great refurbished camera equipment which are like brand new, and work very well. I purchase mostly all of my camera items here and am always very satisfied. They are closed on Saturdays, but open Sunday and also during the week.  
Paper Presentation is a FAB shop for gift items, cards and whimsy that just makes you smile. A must stop when in this area, you will not be sorry!! 

These great shops are mostly on one street, or very near each other. It always amazes me in NYC when you can walk down one street, and find such amazing stores with lots of variety as well. If you know which street to stroll down, it really makes for a lovely afternoon. I hope you have enjoyed this little walk in the fabulous area of Chelsea!!

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