My New York Highlights


May 14th, 2008

Y’all wanted to know what I did in NY for such a long time. Well, here ya go:

First of all, many many thanks to my brother and his girlfriend for their kindness and generosity. Sorry about all the late nights. The morning coffee sessions were great fun and we all got so much done.

I have many highlights to share and a few regrets, but first I just have to say: I/we never had more fun hanging out with our kids before. They are adults now and are a pure joy to be with. Very proud of them. Thanks guys for showing us a good time.Clip Art Graphics

So here is a brief rundown of the happenings:

The first night I was there, I wanted to see Anne- Sophie Mutter at Carnegie Hall. I knew it would be difficult to get tickets at the last minute, but luckily they had 3 tickets still available in the Obstructed view area. I bought one ticket and closed my eyes for the next 2 hours and listened to her play Brahm’s like I”ve never heard anyone play Brahm’s before. The audience also loved it and she came out for an encore that pleased everyone.

Other music highlights during my stay were:
Dutch drummer, Han Bennik with Peter Brotzmann at the ClementeSoto Velez- LES Gallery. Kind of a short show, but totally worthwhile.

Melodia Women’s Choir performed in the West village. One of the most beautiful women’s choirs I have ever heard.

“My Name is Albert Ayler”: @ Anthology Archive Theatre. The movie was a dedication to his works and life as a jazz musician with never-seen footage of him. Very sad, but we were happy to see him in the context of his real life.

Drink Up Buttercup: performed at “Less Artists more Condo” series. (great name). They were exciting and fun and I am sure we will hear more from them in the future.

But the jewel in my musical crown, was being a part of the Langhorne Slim Record Release party at the Mercury Lounge. For some insight into the evenings performance and assorted madness, check out my favorite music bloggers review here

Didn’t see enough Theater, but will make another trip soon to see some friends perform in the Steppenwolf’s Performance at the “Music Box” on Broadway.

“Almost An Evening” a new play written by “Ethan Coen” @ Blleeker Theater. Just fun being in the theater with Dr. Klickner who laughs harder and louder than anyone in Manhattan.

My favorite standby restaurants that I ducked into :
Lady M’s
La Laterna
Sarabeth’s
Barney Greengrass
Enoteca Maria
Molyvos
Club Habana
Vosges… cool new uptown store.

New Favorites:
Devi-Awesome Indian food with the best Mango Cheesecake eva!
Spice Market. Flatiron district. Awesome Kumquat Mojito’s. and apps
Lucierne- French ….Lower east Side
Momofuku……crazy there, but the wings are smoked and delicious.
Russ and Daughters. Amazing Latkas, whitefish salad, and thinnest pastrami salmon in NY
Stand………incredible burgers on brioche, marshmallow shake and fun atmoshphere.
Janes Bistro in West Village. Some of the best roasted chicken in the city
David Burke and Donatella. Best price- Fix lunch in NY. OMG! It was awesome.

Chelsea Market:

Home of the Food Network
stores I loved were: Fatwitch brownies, 9th st. coffee shop,
Italian market . and the free Salsa and Tango lessons are a huge hit there. great people watching. Even watched a family member get in on the action.
A few non food highlights:

Watched the Pope go past the apartment
drank tea at the Mandarin Hotel on the 35th floor overlooking Columbus Circle
Morrisson Hotel Gallery. Dr. Klickner especially like this place
New Mac Store in the Flatiron district. 3 floors. Wow!
Bond #9 flagship store. Cool inside interior.
Sing Sing. Karaoke Bar. Never knew it could be so much fun. A few family members warmed up around 2 am and had the bar in hysterics. Dr. Klickner ordered shots of tequila for all willing participants. The duets , including a few Langhorne members were fantastic. Out way too late that night.
Met fellow blogger Obsession Collection. She is amazing. Really has her finger on the pulse there.
Watched a few baseball games at the LES bars with the kids.
Store in the Bowery named ” Random” has some of the cutest/funkiest treasures.
“AuHx0 Designs” is the tiniest store in Manhattan but the cutest and most creative owner. selling clothes and jewlery made out of recycled objects.
Had a lovely bbq at a friends home in Maplewood

A few regrets:
Didn’t have time to do my “High Tea” research.
didn’t see a broadway musical
missed an exhibit at MOMA
Didn’t catch up with the “Treats Truck”
Missed Les Paul at the Iridium Club
Chickalicious was too crowded every time we went past
and missed the Norwegian Buffet on the Upper East side.
not enough time to hang with other friends there, but will catch them on the next trip.

I already miss the energy, the smell of the food carts grilling shish kabobs and peanuts on every corner, the talented musicians playing in Subways and parks and, of course, the bright lights and swarms of people on Broadway at midnight.

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