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Monday, May 21, 2018

Celebrate 20 Years of Sex & The City with a Tour


Can you believe it is 20 years since we were introduced to Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha! I myself cannot, and may just have to start watching some shows on my Amazon Prime. A really cool way to celebrate in New York City itself is to take the Sex and the City Hotspots tour offered by our friends at On Location Tours. I really enjoy doing tours in the city as it is an easy way to see a part of the city you may not be familiar with. Let me know if you do take the tour, how you liked it! 



On Location Tours has been in business since 1999, taking people to multiple locations from their favorite TV shows and movies filmed in New York City. They offer the signature TV & Movie Sites Tour, Sex & the City Hotspots Tour, Gossip Girl Sites Tour, Sopranos Sites Tour, Classic TV & Movie Sites Tour and Central Park Walking Tour. They also have a TV & Movie Tour in Washington, D.C. & their newest is a Brooklyn TV & Movie Sites Tour. The tours include your transportation in a full size bus with comforts of bathroom and air conditioning/heat depending on when you take the tour. You also have some discounts in various stores/restaurants at the stops during the tour which is a nice bonus. 


we met at the Pulitzer Fountain, in front of the Plaza Hotel ....it started out as a gorgeous day!! 
we went past the NY Library, where the 1st wedding between Carrie and Mr. Big was to take place. We also saw the street where she threw the bouquet at him in the cars. We headed down to the village on Seventh Avenue South.........
our first of four stops off the bus was at the Pleasure Chest.......I enjoyed walking around that area as lots of gorgeous brownstones to admire .......we did get a discount here if anything was purchased 
we had another stop in the Village at Bleecker Street and that famous cupcake place, Magnolia Bakery. We had about 20 minutes to walk around and check out the area, do some quick shopping
On Location Tours had the cuppies for us on the bus which was a nice treat and a great idea since the store itself had a line outside and around the block!! 
Buddakan was another stop, where Carrie and Big has their rehearsal dinner..... 
what a gorgeous place!!  
this was where the rehearsal dinner was...such an opulent room!!  
it is very large with many rooms but still a reservation is a good idea here for dinner    
I think coming here for dinner would be a great idea!!
I really loved the look of the bar area  
We passed many places along the way of these drop offs like Samantha's door in the Meatpacking district, the Church of All Souls, Two Boots Pizza.....the guide tells you what you are passing as you drive along. Our last stop was O'Neal's on Grand Street .......... 
the Cosmo's were waiting for us when we arrived and we did get a bit of a discount due to being on the tour which was a nice treat ...... 
$350 penalty for honking......quite costly ...... 
if Cosmo's are not your thing, you are right in Little Italy and Ferrara's so you can take a walk for a coffee and a cannoli perhaps.....

Here is some commentary from my travel partner for the day, Taylor, who was pretty new to all these places in NYC: "I had a great time on the tour. I thought our tour guide Amy was very nice and extremely funny. My stomach hurt from laughing so much. I loved the little clips that were shown on the bus. Amy told me things about the show that I never knew. I loved most of the places we stopped at. My favorite stop was Buddakan because that is where Big gives Carrie her last single girl kiss and that is one of my favorite parts in the Sex and the City movie. The tour ran a little over but all in all it was AMAZING. I had a great time & I would recommend it to any who loves Sex and the City as much as I do."
Overall, I was very impressed with the tour. Their was quite a vary of age ranges for those who attended as well as people new to New York City and even some who actually live there. Our tour guide Amy was very enthusiastic for the whole tour and the Magnolia cupcake was a lovely surprise!! I would suggest to anyone taking the tour to give yourself extra time at the end if you are planning dinner or an event (Broadway show perhaps) as our tour ran a bit over the time of 3 1/2 hours. You need to figure for the NYC traffic(can't escape that) and other issues that may have the tour run past the allowed time. We had 4 stops & they were not very long as to stay on schedule but these tours allow you to see many areas and get familiar with them so maybe you would go back on your own and explore a bit more. I would suggest these tours for those both familiar and unfamiliar with the city as they really give you a nice over-view of different neighborhoods. You cannot go wrong in choosing any one of their tours, I think you will be very pleased with the end results!!! 
Tickets can be purchased HERE 
Gift Certificates are also available for that really unique gift ...they will love it !!

Details
Where: Near 5th Ave. and 58th St. (exact location given upon purchase)
Holiday Schedule: 12/26 - 12/29 Adding 2pm Tours
When: Daily at 11am, and Fridays and Saturdays at 11am and 3pm. (Availability may vary)
Cost: $49
Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours

Advance purchase required.


FTC Disclosure:
**I was provided with 2 tickets for this tour mentioned in this post free of charge. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post & was not obligated to give a positive review of the product. All opinions expressed here are mine. **

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Throwback Thursday "Fifth Avenue 1905"


Fifth Avenue at East 56th Street
Photographer: Detroit Publishing Company

Year: 1905

What a cool photo of 5th Avenue! I just love this, so much character and look how clean! I love those cars parked on the side of the street. You can walk all over New York and see the most amazing architecture all around you. It still amazes me each time I visit, even though I have been there so many times. There is always something new that catches your eye and makes you smile.


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Fabulous Fat Witch Bakery

We are at the fabulous Chelsea Market, and Fat Witch Bakery. I have been buying these brownies for many years, and was thrilled to meet the witch herself being the owner of this blog. It has been so much fun for me to work with places where I have been a customer for a long time, and to tell others about great products. 
When you walk in here, you cannot help but smile! Butter, chocolate, sugar, cute witch ....perfection! 

This is the lemon witch which was my Mom's favorite. She said it was the best lemon brownie she ever tasted.  
I would buy one of these if they were available for sale. I think they are just too adorable! 
Mini brownies are the BEST. These freeze very well, they taste like fudge, so wonderful and rich. 



They even sell the mix to make your own which is just so easy! 

Special Fat Witch drinks which go well any time of year. 
Even the ends do not go to waste here. Great for dunking in coffee, tea or milk. 

Be sure to stop in our friends at Fat Witch Bakery if near Chelsea Market, you will be happy you did! They are also available online for shipping at Fat Witch Bakery.



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Celebrating Bill Cunningham


IMAGE CAPTIONUnknown artist. Bill Cunningham Photographing Three Models at New York County Court House, ca. 1968-76. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bill Cunningham


On view June 8 – September 9, 2018


Celebrating Bill Cunningham marks the New-York Historical Society’s recent acquisition of objects, personal correspondence, ephemera, and photographs that reflect the life and work of Bill Cunningham. One of the late 20th century’s most influential trend-spotters and style authorities, the legendary New York Times journalist and photographer was frequently spied on the city’s streets, at fashion shows, and elegant soirĂ©es capturing images of New York’s fashion innovators and cultural glitterati.
Among the highlights of Celebrating Bill Cunningham are a bicycle that he rode around the city; his first camera, an Olympus Pen-D, 35mm; signature blue jacket; personal photographs of Cunningham at home and with friends; correspondence, including a few of the hand-made Valentines he frequently sent to friends; and a New York City street sign, “Bill Cunningham Corner,” that was temporarily installed at 5th Avenue and 57th Street in his honor, following his death. Soon after he arrived in New York, Cunningham worked as a milliner, and items on view from his millinery line, William J., include an innovative beach hat, along with other hats and fascinators; and a press release written for the William J. spring 1960 millinery show. Also on display are selections from Cunningham’s Facades, his eight-year photographic project documenting New York City’s architectural and fashion history, which was shown at the Museum in 2014.






The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, isdedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.


This is going to be an amazing exhibit about a wonderful photographer and I cannot wait to attend!!

Museum & Museum Store Hours


MondayCLOSED
Tuesday – Thursday10 am – 6 pm
Friday10 am – 8 pm
Saturday10 am – 6 pm
Sunday11 am – 5 pm
New-York Historical offers free daily tours of the Museum's collections at 2 PM and 3:30 PM.
From Saturday, May 26​, 2018,​ through Monday, September 3, 2018, ​we offer free Museum Admission for active duty military and their families.

Admissions

Adults$21
Seniors/Educators/Active Military$16
Students$13
Kids (5–13 years old)$6
Kids 4 and underFREE
Admission is pay-as-you-wish from 6-8 pm on Fridays


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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day


I cannot believe another Mother's Day is here. This will be my 4th holiday without my Mom and it doesn't get any easier. We always went out for dinner to a very nice restaurant, and flowers were delivered to her from a wonderful florist. I am very lucky to have had a Mother who was really great to me, and gave me the strength I now possess. I so miss our Mother's Day dinners and enjoying her company. The photo above is my Mom when she was young, she had me in her 40's before it was cool to do so, she was always ahead of her time. If you are lucky enough to spend this holiday with your Mom, be sure to savor it and treat her like a Queen. I will be thinking of mine today, and all the wonderful memories we shared together.


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