Wednesday, August 24, 2016

10 Best Cheesecakes in New York City


NY Cheesecake is pretty much an institution. The city has been famous for this yummy dessert for a heck of a long time. In the 1900s, cheesecakes were very popular in New York. Every restaurant had their version. Around 1929 - Arnold Reuben, owner of the legendary Turf Restaurant at 49th and Broadway in New York City, claimed that his family developed the first cream-cheese cake recipe. The Italian bakeries may use ricotta instead of the cream cheese to create their cheesecake masterpiece. Many of the places below have been around for a very long time, and I would say trying a piece of cheesecake from each place on the list would be a fun idea! I really enjoy Junior's cheesecake, as well as Ferrara Bakery and Veniero's. Carnegie Deli is just classic cheesecake and oh so yummy. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Junior's Restaurant
2. Ferrara Bakery
3. Veniero's Pastry Shop
4. Eileen's Special Cheesecake
5. Carnegie Deli
6. S & S Cheesecake
7. Two Little Red Hens
8. Breads Bakery 
9. F Monteleone Bakery and Cafe
10. Lady M Cake Boutique


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Beautiful Architecture of the Upper East Side


Walking along these streets you feel like you are taken back in another time. Another century. You will find homes built for the daughter of Mrs. William B. Astor or President Ulysses S. Grant, in the magnificent Beaux Arts and French Renaissance-style. These are some gorgeous finds when I was walking around the area on a recent trip. These scenes never get old, do they? 




One of my most favorite buildings! 




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Monday, August 22, 2016

Afternoon Tea at the Garden Court Cafe

As you know, I just love Afternoon Tea. It is such a fun, relaxing experience, and I enjoyed many with my Mom at a local tea house. The latest place in the city I have tried is the Garden Court Cafe in the Asia Society and Museum. I had read in an email I received that they served tea here, and wanted to check it out. 


The cafe is very lovely, open air and lots of light. They also serve an Asian fare here, which I would love to come back and try. Since it is so near many of the museums on 5th Avenue, this is a fun place to do lunch. You do not have to pay to enter the museum if you just want to dine at the cafe. 


Very elegant setting, I was sitting in direct sun, so I apologize for the shadows on my photos 

The scones were tiny, but good, and I had a nice array of items to enjoy with my scone 

The sandwiches are curry chicken salad, mini crab cake, roasted vegetable, smoke salmon and cucumber 
I loved the traditional tea pot! 



Almost too pretty to eat! 


The desserts were lovely as well, more candy items than dessert, but very tasty 





The Afternoon Tea is $30 per person, High Tea is $40 which includes Prosecco or Sake. I really want to try their Dim sum menu in the future. This was a lovely tea, very relaxing, and I will be sure to visit here again. I would highly recommend to anyone to give it a try!

Lunch (and weekend brunch) is served 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. Dim sum is now served daily from from 11 am to 2 pm. In addition, afternoon tea service — loose-leaf and herbal teas with chef's selection of Petit Fours, scones, and tea sandwiches — is offered from 12 pm to 2 pm daily. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance for afternoon tea service.

Summer Hours are in effect through August 19: 11 to 2 pm.


Garden Court Café Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 




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Friday, August 19, 2016

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:
    ALFRED NOBEL / 1833-1896 / [MEDALLION] / FOUNDER OF / THE NOBEL PRIZE / SWEDISH INVENTOR / INDUSTRIALIST / PHILANTHROPIST / AND HUMANIST /

    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 /

    All sides at top: PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, / MEDICINE, LITERATURE, / PEACE, ECONOMICS /
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 
  • Inscription: (on plaque): THIS IS THE TIMES CAPSULE, DESIGNED BY / SANTIAGO CALATRAVA, CREATED BY THE NEW / YORK TIMES AND PLACED AT THE AMERICAN / MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY IN 2001. / THE CONTENTS ARE INTENDED TO OFFER / INSIGHT INTO DAILY LIFT TODAY. WE ASK THAT / IT REMAIN SEALED UNTIL JANUARY 1, 3000.
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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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Throwback Thursday "World's Fair 1964"


This cool shot is from the 1964 World's Fair which was held on the grounds of the US Open tennis championships. My parents attended this fair in 1964, funny I would walk many years later on the same grounds enjoying tennis matches. This was the Vatican exhibit, my Mom said it was quite an event! She talked about the exhibit with Lincoln where he stood up and spoke, gave her chills she told me. I believe I saw the same Lincoln when I visited Disney World many years later. They said a total of 51 million people attended this fair, must have been pretty cool indeed!

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