Category Archives: Restaurants

LUNCH at the BLT Bar and Grill

The BLT BAR & GRILL is the place to eat in the Wall Street area……..if you’re having a “BURGER” attack……….and maybe a beer.

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Make your way to 125 Washington Street…….in the Downtown “W” Hotel.  The interior is “hip”…..[but a bit dark].

You’ll have more fun out on the patio under a shady umbrella.

The pizza is nothing to rave about so stick to the devine burger.  RARE !!!

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Just across the street is the site of the new 9/11 memorial pools……….

Our dear friend Lori invited us for lunch at the Member’s Dining Room in the Metropolitan Museum.

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After lunch we went to the roof of the MET for a bit of sunshine…….and “people watching”

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JOEY DINAS Graduation Party June 2014

CONGRATULATIONS JOE !!!

This afternoon Joey had a fun graduation party at the Manor Octoberfest Restaurant in Forest Hills.

He is now an alumni of SUNY Potsdam!

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Joey’s SPEECH

and Joey’s TOAST

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GABBY and ANDREW…………..Bon Voyage.…..they are on their way to Israel for a holiday.

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Medieval English ALABASTER Sculpture

The Art of the “ALABASTERMEN is the current exhibit by MOBIA at the American Bible Society on Broadway.  It is called OBJECT OF DEVOTION.

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THE FIFTH SIGN OF THE LAST JUDGEMENT

All of these hand carved devotional works were done circa 1400 to 1450. The craftsmen in England were very busy carving visualizations of the Christian Scriptures…….ignoring the Old Testament………concentrating instead on the contemporary cults in Europe who preferred images of Saints, Jesus and the Virgin.

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When HENRY v111 was made the head of the church [the reformation]……..he declared that all Catholic images be destroyed……….it was carnage in the monasteries and nunneries.  Most of the alabasters were destroyed.  The surviving carvings are those that had been sold abroad.

This collection is from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  

Support for this exhibition also came from the Atrium Café by GABRIEL’S, my favorite restaurant on the westside of New York.

BOYCOTT the Hotel Le Meurice in PARIS

The HOTEL Le MEURICE in Paris is part of the DORCHESTER Collection [as is the Beverly Hills Hotel in California].  It is owned by Sultan Hassanl Bolkiah and he has instituted a penal code against all GAYS!.

 They will be amputated and stoned to death.

 Sultan said that GOD gave him guidance to do this.

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When I was a designer for a fashion house in Germany………I attended the “Pret-a-Porte” shows in PARIS and always stayed at Le Meurice.……….and I loved the pampering by the staff.  BUT, I WILL NEVER STAY THERE AGAIN!

 

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The Russian designer Yulia Yanina just had her show there…….Couture Spring Summer 2014.  I hope she will never show there again!

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The designers Peter Som and Brian Atwood have already boycotted the Dorchester Hotels.

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Francois-Henri Pinault…..the owner of Gucci, Stella McCartney and Alexander Mc Queen has joined the boycott of the Dorchester Collection.

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Saint Laurent has declared the Brunei laws are an outrage………and has forbidden any of his employees to stay at Le Meurice.  They will NOT be eating in this magnificent dining room!

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If you want to sleep in this room it will cost you $1400 per night during one of the fashion shows.  It is a huge financial loss for Le Meurice.

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This is about HUMAN RIGHTS!  No hotel is nice enough for that…..so says Cindi Leive, the editor of GLAMOUR Magazine.  BRAVA!

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The loss of income for this suite is $3500 a night.  But, will the Sultan really care?

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Ellen DeGeneres took to twitter to announce her boycott.  She will NOT be having cocktails or meals in this gorgous dining room.

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I was thinking of having my wedding reception in this lovely “BALL” room.  NOT!

BRUNEI has returned to the STONING AGE!

 

 

FLEET WEEK and WALL STREET

It was time for “day tripping”…….down to SOHO and Wall Street.

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Graffiti truck…………corner of Crosby street and Houston.

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FIRST STOP……….Balthazar’s Restaurant in SOHO!.  Loud and very noisy. We did not stay!

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Off to the Crosby Street Hotel…. a quiet and civilized spot for lunch.

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Superb burger and a chicken BLT………..with avacado.

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RING RING! Don’t bother to pick it up!…………no one will answer.

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Tea after lunch in the “living room”of the hotel.

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At the bottom of Manhattan…….a clipper ship came sailing in.

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It is FLEET WEEK in NY City……….three of our “finest”………..and cute to boot!

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Cute?  The boots, Yeah. But the skirt is a tad too much???

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National Museum of the American Indian at ONE BOWLING GREEN in lower Manhattan………..and admission is FREE!

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Allegorical statue of the continent of America, carved by Daniel Chester French just outside of the grand entrance to the Alexander Hamilton U.S.Custon House.

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The Rotunda is surrounded by paintings of Reginald Marsh.

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Our friends from Detroit were amazed at the ceiling of the ornate “Collectors Room………….

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The magnificent the oval ceiling was built using the principles of the Spanish engineer Rafael Gustavino. The 140 ton skylight was constructed with our any visible signs of support.

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The Indian Museum is now located in the Alexander Hamilton United States Custom House.

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The first secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

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Murals painted by school children to cover up a construction site.

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What is it???  The roof over the new subway station………the one that was destroyed by the 9/11 terrorist attack.  The memorial and the museum is now open to the public.

 

Gallery

NEW YORKERS just being themselves!

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