Friday, October 9, 2015

It's Fall Foodie Season

I think either you love pumpkin, or your hate it. I am one of those who love it, and always glad to see it back in season. I am still not sure where the summer went, but will be glad for the milder weather coming up. There are other flavors associated with Fall, like apples, cinnamon, and maple, which I like as well.  
The apple strudel found at Cafe Sabarsky is the best you will find in NYC!  
I think carrot cake goes well for the season of fall, and this selection from Donna Bell's Bake Shoppe will make you very happy!  
Donna Bell's cinnamon scones are to die for!  
This is Donna Bell's as well, I don't think you can purchase anything here that is bad. Just not possible.  
An amazing chocolate haunted house from the great chocolate shop L.A. Burdick 
I really love the Libby's pumpkin cookies this time of year, they are so nice and soft, cake-like of a cookie. You can check out their recipe HERE. I like to add chocolate chips sometimes as well. 

My Mom was a big fan of Cider as well, I don't have the same love for that myself.

What is your favorite food to enjoy during the Fall season ?

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Photo Gallery Thursday "Madeline and Lando's Wedding"

Our vintage photograph today from my personal collection is from the period of about 1936. The bride is Madeline, and the groom is Lando. Madeline was my Mom's cousin as well as her Godmother. She was one of the nicest ladies you would ever meet. They operated a fabulous diner in the area for over 20 years. This photo shows again the amazing flower bouquets they used in that era. Her gown is gorgeous with all that lace, isn't it? I am sure it was probably homemade too, such talented folks! I love the headpiece as well, don't you? Lando passed away in 2004, the same year my Dad passed as well. Madeline passed away in 2012, at the tender age of 98 years young. A true classy lady, I was very fortunate to have known her. 

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Taste of the Seaport Oct. 17 2015

I wanted to give you a heads up on a great foodie festival coming up on October 17th called The Taste of the Seaport. I love the area, and we need to support the neighborhood as much as we can. This amazing festival of food and entertainment is a great way to raise funds for schools in the area. Please leave a comment if you do attend, and how you liked it! I don't think I will make it there this year, but will have to add to my calendar for 2016. It looks like a fun time!

Taste of the Seaport

 Annual outdoor fall festival of food, beverage, live music, and family-friendly activities on cobblestone streets of New York City’s Historic Seaport.

Enjoy an autumnal festival of food and community to raise funds for Spruce Street School, P.S. 397 and Peck Slip School, P.S. 343. Local merchants present culinary tastings in an outdoor event on historic South Street Seaport property. Musical entertainment, free children's activities plus a special booth run by Spruce and Peck students will add to the family-fun day.

All proceeds from the Taste of The Seaport go towards much-needed enrichment programs for the students of Peck Slip School, P.S. 343 and Spruce Street School, P.S. 397

You can purchase tickets HERE 

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Visit to Theodore Roosevelt Park

Along with my trip in August to the Upper West Side, Theodore Roosevelt Park, was on my to do list. I have to say, I was quite impressed. So many folks do not realize that New York City has so many fabulous parks. One is better than the next. This spot proved to be such a relaxing place, and a good way to escape the craziness that is New York City. 
Is this not zen or what? 
This Upper West Side park surrounding the American Museum of Natural History is named to honor Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919). Roosevelt served as New York City Police Commissioner, Governor of New York State, Vice-President under William McKinley, and following McKinley’s assassination, the youngest man to serve as President of the United States.
  • Sculptor: A. Lindberg (portrait medallion)
  • Architect: Sivert Lindblom
  • Description: Retangular four-sided stele with attached bronze medallion; engraved with names of American laureates
  • Materials: Vanga red granite (rough-hewn, Sweden), bronze, Swedish absolute black granite
  • Dimensions: H: 11'6"; Medallion Dia: 3'5"
  • Cast: 1999
  • Dedicated: Oct. 14, 2003
  • Foundry: H. Bergman, Sweden
  • Donor: Merck Company Foundation
  • Inscription: North side:

    West side:
    Names of American Nobel laureates from 1906-1979

    South side:
    Names of American Nobel laureates from 1980-present. At bottom: A GIFT TO THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK FROM THE MERCK COMPANY FOUNDATION / CREATED BY SIVERT LINDBLOM 2002 /

Please note, the NAME field includes a primary designation as well as alternate namings often in common or popular usage. The DEDICATED field refers to the most recent dedication, most often, but not necessarily the original dedication date. If the monument did not have a formal dedication, the year listed reflects the date of installation.
When you find places like these, you feel you are anywhere else but New York City. How lucky are those that live on the Upper West Side to enjoy this gem of a park!! 
I loved those colors in the distance and had to get closer to see what they were exactly. 
It is bamboo plants with lights inside them!! How darn clever is that? 
This must be really lovely at night! 
The New York Times Capsule 
In 1979, the City Council enacted a law naming the northwest portion of Theodore Roosevelt Park "Margaret Mead Green" in honor of the distinguished anthropologist. Mead (1901-1978) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but spent most of her life in New York City. She graduated from Barnard College with a BA in psychology (1923), and then studied with Franz Boas (1858-1942) and Ruth Benedict (1887-1948) at Columbia University where she earned her doctorate in anthropology (1929).
Ms. Mead worked as a research fellow and curator of ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History from 1926 until her death in 1978. She was elected president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and several other professional organizations. She received 28 honorary doctorates. One year after her death, Mead’s scholarship was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the United States grants to a civilian. The Museum commemorates Mead with an annual festival of anthropology films and videos in the spring. Mead's only daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson (1939-), is an anthropologist and English professor who has written and co-authored eight books and serves as the current president of the Institute for Intercultural Studies

This park area is a lasting tribute to a woman whose legacy of groundbreaking scholarship and progressive social consciousness endures beyond her years. This park is appropriately situated between the Museum tower that once held Mead's office and the apartment building on 81st Street where she lived for many years.
The Friends of Museum Park, a neighborhood organization, has helped to maintain Margaret Mead Green in the past. In 2000, the Margaret Mead Green was renovated along with the rest of Theodore Roosevelt Park. In addition to a new irrigation system, the paths and lawns were restored, and new benches were added. Beds of native wildflowers and new groundcover enhance the natural beauty of the Green. With the help of Parks & Recreation, the Central Park Conservancy, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Friends of Museum Park, Margaret Mead Green’s future will be greener than ever.
So, how soon will you be visiting this park next time you are in the area of the Upper West Side? 

Columbus Avenue between 81st Street and 79th Street
New York City, NY 10024

Nearest Transit Station:

81 St. - Museum Of Natural History (A, B, C)

79 St. (1, 2)

86 St. (A, B, C)

Today's Words of Wisdom: Believe you can, and You're Halfway There - Theodore Roosevelt

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Benjamin N Duke House for Sale for 80 Million Dollars

This is my favorite mansion near the Met Museum. When I walk past, I always stop and just admire it. Upon a recent email, I come to find it's for sale for a small cost of 80 million US dollars! It is the Benjamin N Duke House, landmarked ( how could it NOT be), Beaux-Arts style ( my favorite it seems), built in 1901. The real estate taxes on this mansion would be $200,360.00 for the year. 
I love the statues in front, I just love this whole building, and was so interested what it looked like inside.  

Wonder no more! Sotheby's Homes is selling the property - from watching all the realtor shows on Bravo, I think it would look better staged but I think it's still gorgeous! The interior is French Renaissance Style, if you were curious! If money were no object!  
The residence stands as a splendid example of the extraordinary workmanship of that era and is one of the very few remaining along the Gold Coast of Fifth Avenue. 
This is just so beautiful. The mansion has 25 rooms, 8 bedrooms, 11 fireplaces and 10 full baths along with approximately 20,000 square feet. Your whole family could live here with you, and you don't even have to see them every day!  
Love, love, love that sitting area with the window. Just love and the fact you could just walk right over to the MET in seconds! 
Did you say you wanted views? How does this suit you? 

The limestone and red-brick facade extends 27 feet along Fifth Avenue and 100 feet facing 82nd Street. This optimum location is especially fortunate given the lovely assemblage of grand Beaux-Arts limestone houses, its proximity to the great cultural institutions of New York City and its sublime placement in the heart of the Upper East Side. 

I have said before, New York City really educates me in so many different ways. I never knew what Beaux-Arts meant years ago, but now when I see a building in the city that I fall in love with, it's usually this type of architectural design. I was so thrilled to see this article so I know now all about this gorgeous work of art! If you wish to read more about this home, you can check it out HERE - I really enjoyed reading about the history. It is so much more fun learning when you can see it in person, than reading from a book, don't you think? 

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