New York News and Gossip
Well here we are, the start of another year and so far so good, New York accommodation wise. We have found it busy with bookings as normal and no sign of a resession so far.
Reservations are coming in at a great rate daily for all our Manhattan apartments, so I guess none of our guests have been f..... by MR Madoff who we see has managed to stay out of jail and has been allowed to return to midtown penthouse mansion worth many millons.
Is there any justice in this world?
Speaking of New York Mansions, New Yorks most Expensive apartment has gone on sale, maybe it's MR Madoff's.
If you happen to have survived the credit crunch and have a spare $65 million + taxes you can purchase New Yorks most expensive apartment
Cost: Offers in excess of at least $65 million
Location: The two floor property is located at Park Avenue, Manhattan.
A superb duplex apartment with over 30 rooms.
Located at 740 Park Avenue, It has been lived in by many famous and rich people including Rockefellers since being built in the early 1930's.
You do not get the entire buildings for the $65 million, just two floors
if you havent got $65 million , you can rent Manhattans most expensive hotel room @ $34.000 a night + tax for the the penthouse suite is located on the 52nd floor which covers the entire and comes with multible bedrooms, its own private elevator and many other amazing luxurious touches.
Well would you believe it, one month gone and only 11 to go. Time really seems to have spead up.
Well here in the big apple it is freezing cold but the tourists keep on coming despite the credit crunch. SO so far so good.
Latest gossip to hit the fan is
Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps has been filmed smoking marijuana. "I wont do it again" he is reported as saying.
Well Michael it's called growing up. When you are your age you just got to try everything otherwise you will have experienced very little in life.
But I guess it's bad for your swimming and for your bottom line, sponsorship wise.
Spotted this sign on the way to collect my daughter from school the other day. Thought it quite good and worth spreading it around. - Sign of the times- New York Feb 2009.
Its on the door of a kids toy store in the east village. There is a large lesbian transgender and gay community in the area who have adopted children and this store is run by one such couple. It represents equal rights for all families
Spring is Here Spring is Here
With spring in the air New York and its people have dropped their sleepy warm coats and are taking full advantage of the nature that is here Central park is a buzz with action from jugglers and clowns to relaxing in the morning sun while some one in the distance plays the sax
Be it Sunny or rainy the beat of the city keeps going
A blank wall can be used as a canvas to exibit your artistic genius as in the case of
The picture below was taken from 5 ave and 15th street looking uptown every night the lights on the empire state building change color.
SESAME STREET ON THE STREET, on Ave A in the East Village The neighborhood is always thrilled to have such great guests visit for the afternoon
Summer in the City is full of things to do take a walk in the park go to cony island on the sub way it only costs 2.25USD one way and you can ride the CYCLONE a wooden roller coaster and visit the aquarium and have a day at the beach Governers island is also now open to the public it used to be a military camp and now is decommissioned a great place to have a picnic and see the statue of liberty the ferry there and back is free you can also rent a bike and ride round the island
The photo below is from picnic point on Goveners Island
What A view
saling under the Brooklyn bridge or past the statue of liberty you can charter a boat from the south street sea port
the facade of the old Virgin Mega Store building in Union Sq There is a great farmer market twice a week and an artist market as well on Wednesdays wheere you can find everything from Street inspired art to classic watercolors and Oils
Well worth the trip
in mid town looking up at the Chrystler building reflecting on the building across the street
the view from the 10 floor looking down at the intersection of 14st and 1st ave at 2 am the city never sleeps
did some one in the city loose a duck ??
a great way to see the city is on the tourist bus
you get a day pass and can hop on or off where ever you want
Today in New York
Darth Vader has resurfaced and robbed a bank on Long Island
The lord of the Siths did not use a light saber but was succesful nontheless and left with a large packet of cash
He is the kind of guy you just can not say no to
to read more about his adventure you can click on the following link
and check out the photos
While it is common knowledge that nothing say New York like bagels pizza and coffee
We locals have a secret addiction
A weapon of sorts to help us get through the long commutes packed streets and general life in the city
When the going gets tough the tough eat CUPCAKES
Thats right folks
Man Woman and Child all love em
so without further ado
Here is a list of some of the best place to have your cake and eat it too ....or three...or four !!!
401 Bleeker Street
250 Bleeker Street
The Grey Dog
33 Carmine Street
545 E.9th St
Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery
126 Rivington St
There are many scattered all over the city and even though they are a chain they are still great
Buttercup Bake shop
973 2nd Ave
And for the people who need to keep it allergen free
We are proud to recommend
TU LUS GLUTEN FREE BAKERY
338 E.11th St
Where you will find the smallest members of the New York Stay Family steaming up the windows almost every day after school
248 Broome St
And if you find yourself in Brooklyn head over to
276 Court St
And a big thank you to our brooklyn family who dragged us out to enjoy the brunch and pastry at this beautiful little spot
Well worth the train ride and it has an amazing little garden
SO sweet...Hence the name I am sure
We hope this list has you licking your fingers
Hey you can plan your entire holiday to include visiting all the shops then send us in your opinion on who holds the title of best cupcake...its all in the icing !!!
Hello Again readers
Its a hot muggy sticky day here in New York
We are waiting for the rain
It seems to be taking its sweet time in arriving
The most exciting thing I have heard today is the opening of the long awaited Eloise Suite at the infamous PLAZA HOTEL
Love the Plaza !!!
Eloise for those of you who don't know is a children's book (sadly turned movie)
It is a story about an impish little girl who lives in the Plaza with her Nanny her dog weenie and her turtle skipperdee while her
fabulous mother is away traveling
The series tells of her adventures in the hotel and the general mischief she gets up to
An interesting bit of trivia is that the real Eloise is the actress Liza Minelli who's mother was the infamous Judy Garland
The suite is designed by none other then the queen of pink herself the venerable Betsy Johnson
and for a mere $995 your kid can spend a night there.
If the adoring adults want the adjoining suite it will cost $2,045 for the package
The Eloise Suite can sleep up to 4 children and comes with a bowl of raisinettes (Eloises favorite snack)
To read more about this New York icon in her own right check out this link to her website www.eloisewebsite.com/index.html
And be sure to make the trip to the Plaza to visit her portrait
Just tell the bellman you would like to visit with Eloise and they will take you right to her
And then visit the lobby for a Manhattan.....No trip to New York is complete without at least one !!
With Fashion Week coming up on us in just over a month September 9 till the 16th to be exact(so book your accommodation now as it goes quick )
I thought today we would discuss PANTS in New York City
or to correct myself "how to wear ones pants in New York City so as not to break any laws"
First you must wear them ...it is legal to be topless in Manhattan but not bottomless which is the thing we will learn about today
A few months back the police were called to investigate a complaint issued by a local lady in the Bronx regarding a man who was parading around in what she felt was unacceptable attire
The police arrived and issued a summons for disorderly conduct to Julio Martinez for wearing his pants so low that his boxers were exposed
His court date came on Friday and while the judge agreed that wearing ones pants that low could have offended the fashion police it should not have offended the officer enough to issue a ticket
The judge is quoted as saying "While most of us may consider it distasteful, and indeed foolish, to wear one's pants so low as to expose the underwear . . . people can dress as they please, wear anything, so long as they do not offend public order and decency,"
While many towns and cities across america have banned sagging pants in an effort to clean up the image of the towns youth we are proud to say that here in New York you can look silly and its not against the law to do so if you choose
So the way to wear your pants in New York is any way as long as they are on your legs
Just an interesting bit of information from the city that rivals Paris as the fashion capital of the world
So while your packing keep in mind that if you forget your belt its OK !!
In the subway station on 14th st and 8th ave there is a permanent art exibition called "Life Underground" by the artist Tom Otterness
It is full of amazing little characters everywhere in holes and cracks
on beams and turnstiles it created a really magical experience
there are lots of them all over
A pier into the hudson river that is no more
the buildings in the background are in New Jearsy
A sculpture of Alice in central park always a hit with the kids
If you have a day of going to Cony Island and visiting the New york Aquarium just steps from the board walk and rides is a great way to spend a lazy summer day
"AT THE SAME MOMENT "
An art installation painted on a slip for the governers island ferryit is a great place to experience the effect
as you watch the art so much is going on at the same time.
Because we had to shrink the picture it takes away from the moment there is a helicopter landing ,boats on the east river ,downtown to the left ,brooklyn bridge in the backround while you are on a ferry to Governers Island a place away from the madness of NYC
Bergdorf's Need we say more !!!!
The Brooklyn Bridge
New Yorks oldest bridge and a lovely landmark
Walking across is a great trip as you see the sky line of our amazing city
Green Green Green a building that got taken over with Ivy
Talk about green Central Park and the lake in the middle with the boat house a great restaurant where you can rent row boats and have a great time in the middle of the city...perfect for those planning a romantic holiday or looking for a bit of solitude
A part of town called the Meat Packing District
There used to be a elevated train track that came to this area now it is a great little park which is still being worked on and when finished you will be able to walk from Ganesvoort st to 34th street on the west side
the area as the name states used to be the meat packing district with lots of wholsale merchants suplying the hotels and restaurants till it got mooooved to New Jersey
The photo below is a good idea of the contrast and change the area is experiencing since the relocation
Very high end shops super fantastic hotels and the meat shops that still dot the surroundings
When coming out of a club in the early hours of the morning you can still catch the meat shops that are around taking in their orders ect....not the best site after a long night but interesting to say the least and suprising to those who dont know
Chelsea market a great indoor market with some of the best food on the ground floor the Food Network has its studios upstears.It is also the place where the Oreo cookie was invented
Cristopher streat Park with art instalations
The CYCLONE Newyorks oldest Roler caster in Cony island It is made of wood and rattles
In line for street food just outside washington sq park
our famaly on governers island having a picknic the statue of liberty in the background it is a great place to get away from the hussle of the city. There is a free ferry from Manhattan on the weekends
Trafic in Chelsea all the streets exept for a few in the city are one way as they where not designed for heavy trafic
Sunset over downtown manhattan as seen from 14th st
THE ONE AND ONLY NAKED COWBOY !!
Try to find him in times square
he is there every day
naked but for some very tiny skivvies
Times Sq the hub of Activity for visitors all the Neon is quiet overwelming
The best way to view a lot in a little time is the hop on hop off buss
A Chalk sign outside a bar in the lower east side
Beautiful clear blue sky as it is every year on this powerful day
It has been 9 years now
the city's pulse is drowned out by the sound of helicopters trying to get the best angle on the families and friends of the victims as they read the names and place their flowers in the pools reflecting the sky at the site
Flags wave at half mast in the newly cooled air and everyone walks a bit slower past the fire stations unable to ignore the plaques and etchings of the fallen
We try to remember while trying to forget this legacy that we pass on to our children in the form of stories and photographs
I am a born and raised New Yorker
Black is the only color I wear
I drink my coffee from a paper cup covered with grecian columns one of the great mysteries only the true residents understand
I fold my pizza and my new york times in half.... the secret origami learned from my grandfather
I miss the towers
they were a shining jewel in the city skyline
they were everything you have read and more
I can go on about the times my father took us smelling of cigar smoke and mystery to the top changing lifts and escalators what seemed like a million times to eat in Windows on the World...Starched linen napkins and the feeling that your soup and you were done for if you leaned forward another inch
Of cutting school to go to the top of the observation deck and smoke cigarettes ....pretending we were young tourists
Of standing at the bottom
chin against the glass looking up till your neck was stiff
sure they were not buildings but highways to the sky that never ended...a pathway to the clouds...
So today as we remember
I will share the one thing that really embodies the towers to me
It is the daring beauty of the walk of the great Philippe Petit
He is perhaps the one who knew them best ...to quote Werner Herzog "one more thing Philippe,you are not a coward-so what I want to hear from you is the ecstatic truth about the twin towers..."
He danced in the arc of space between the void
he accomplished the unimaginable
they towers called him and he rose with them
As we all should
To the occasion of bravery and impulsive creativity and caution
to taking the steps to live out loud
in blazing memory