Saturday, July 7, 2012

Out and about in New York City

Last month when I was in NYC for the Book Expo, it struck me after a while how even in my not very extensive peregrinations I came across so many cool sites (and sights). I thought I'd present a few of them and see if you have any favorite New York haunts, vistas, or statuary to share with us.
My hotel was near the Empire State Building; this historic photo is from the city Archives.
This regal eagle at Grant's Tomb is one of the many statues (including one of Joan of Arc) you'll see if you walk amidst the extensive parks and riverside trails of the Upper West Side.
A trip to the Plaza Hotel on Central Park South is not complete without champagne in the lobby bar and a viewing of the portrait of Eloise, a favorite fictional rapscallion.
It's hard to miss Patience and Fortitude, the marble lions that guard the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. They were sculpted by Edward Clark Potter from pink Tennessee marble. Of course, bookends of them from the Library's shop are de rigeur.

I wandered to what had been one of my favorite spots to hear singers like Susannah McCorkle and Andrea Marcovicci, only to learn that the famous hotel had been renovated and the acts migrated to Michael Feinstein's joint. Oh well. Below are the famed wits of the "Algonquin Round Table" (including Dorothy Parker, who actually lived there).
I snapped the two phone photos below during a whirl through the fabulous new  Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum. The statues of Hercules were awe-inspiring, as was the gold jewelry. The helmet at left was worn by a Greek soldier a staggering number of millennia ago. I couldn't believe they allow people to take photos of everything, including the paintings! I'm definitely going back with a real camera.
Here's the design for the Lyceum Theater, where I saw the unforgettable Nina Arianda in Venus in Fur. A few days later she won the Tony for Best Actress.
Sara Krulwich/The New York Times


  1. Favorite Dorothy Parker quote: You can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think.
    Also: First thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.
    She was a writer whose oeuvre was best remembered as hors d'oeuvre.

  2. Wikipedia says that's Harpo Marx (in civvies) with his hand in his pocket (ready to blow his horn?) in the photo with Dorothy Parker.

  3. When I go to NYC one of my favorite places to visit is The Waffle Truck that is stationed at one of the entrances to Central Park (near the zoo). They make the BEST Belgian waffles I've ever had and it's become a tradition to go there whenever I make a trip up to the city.

    1. Who would have known? What a great tip.

  4. JP - Thanks for the post about Eloise at the Plaza. My daughter Katie loved those books when she was younger. On a trip back to NYC, I took her to lunch at the Edwardian Room and we told the maitre d that Katie liked Eloise. The guy was just great! He immediately got this sad look on his face and said "Oh what a shame - Eloise left just this morning for a trip to Paris - but would you like to sit at her special table over there near the window?" Of course, Katie just beamed. She then went on to order Eloise's fav lunch - the burger- and fav drink - the pink ginger ale and fav dessert - the ice cream! Walked around on cloud nine for days afterwards.