NYC – A Saturday Walk on Madison Avenue to The Jewish Museum

What to do on a beautiful Saturday in NYC that is FREE?

This Saturday NYC  had a touch of warmer weather and I went  outside for my daily walk.  Not having too much extra money, the question was where to go and what to do?

 

Crewcuts

I decided to walk up the west side of Madison Avenue from 86th Street to 92nd Street [Along these 6 blocks are some small boutiques that offer very unique and beautiful clothing and accessories]

 

The Jewish Museum

and end up at The Jewish Museum at 92nd and 5th Avenue. Why this Museum? On Saturdays, it is free and they always have a special exhibition. 

Lets begin our walk. Here are a few of the stores: Brooks Brothers, Jack Rogers, CrewCuts, Joie, Ankasa, Alico & Olivia and Clic to name a few.

Of course, along the way, there are always curious little things to discover in store displays

There are several places to enjoy lunch or a coffee

The Jewish Museum

Rachel Feinstein is an American artist who specializes in sculpture. She is best known for baroque, fantasy-inspired sculptures like “The Snow Queen”, which was drawn from a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

 
 

 Edith Halpert (1900–1970) was the first significant female gallerist in the United States, propelling American art to the fore at a time when the European avant-garde still enthralled the world.

Liberty
Sunday Morning

 

This is an older block, somewhat related here 

here is another one here

A brief look at NYC Christmas Windows – 2019

It has been a cold winter but the weather warmed up a little so I went for a brief walk on 5th Avenue. In a previous post, I opined how there are only a few stores left that really do Christmas well.

Fortunately, those that remain are living up to reputations of creating outstanding windows. I managed to get to a few of them along 5th Avenue and plan on getting to a few on Madison Avenue.

Louis Vuitton

 

Bergdorf Goodman, the department store on Fifth Avenue between 57th and 58th streets always has some of the most artistic and luxurious holiday windows. This year’s theme is “Bergdorf Good Times,” which “evokes a time-honored spirit of a holiday fête but with a twist” according to the department store. ( I enjoyed the color and fashion but overall each window seemed very busy.

Note: Across the street is their men’s store -many people miss it!

 

The entire building of Cartier’s Fifth  Avenue store is wrapped in a giant bow in the company’s signature red. I don’t think it has changed in several years.

 

 

Saks Fifth Avenue has its windows in honor of the new animated films Frozen 2

 

The following is a quick rundown of other notable stores.

Dior is a luxury label’s designer fashion store, also selling cosmetics, jewelry & other accessories.

 

There are few stores as intrinsically associated with New York City as the Tiffany & Co. flagship store on Fifth Avenue. It was through those windows that Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly stared as she ate her morning croissant in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

 

 ere are some photos of windows along the way

 

Along with the stores above, there are plenty of holiday lights and displays located throughout the city. So, enjoy!

Note:Sadly, Lord & Taylor, Henri Bendel, Harry Winston and Ralph Lauren have closed. 

Music – now more accessible than ever – here is a sample of what’s to come.

In my day, we went out and bought records after listening to them on the radio. Today we are in the digital world and the sound and creativity is so much better. And, we can simply go to an app on our phone and enjoy the music.

My grandson William (aka Squilly) is an up-and-coming songwriter and performer. So, if I may, I would like to introduce one of his songs. He has more on Spotify and honestly, probably more than that but I haven’t caught up to those yet.

I hope you enjoy the music and if so inclined please share with others, thanks!

Long intro but worth the wait.

NYC – Pulaski Day Parade 2019

Thousands of Polish-Americans marched down 5th Avenue paying tribute to their heritage. Participants came from the tri-state area.

Every weekend, New York City hosts activities that can be enjoyed free of charge and enjoyed by all. This is but one of many events that makes a visit to NYC an added joy.

Many of the participants, as well as the spectators, are dressed in red/white.

NYC -The National Museum of the American Indian -Lower Manhattan – Free August 2019 update

Located right in the heart of Lower Manhattan steps from the Statue of Liberty Ferry, Wall Street and close to other historic sites

The National Museum of the American Indian

This is one building you cannot miss! One Bowling Green facing Broadway and Trinity Streets. Just a stones throw from the famous “Wall Street Bull”. And, only a short walk from Castle Clinton and the Statue of Liberty boat entrance.

 

The U.S. Custom House is a seven-story structure on the south side of Bowling Green.

 

It has a grand set of stairs facing Bowling Green.

 

New since I originally wrote this the Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures has been added to the first floor. This a rotating exhibition which, on my visit, was showing the following:

 

On the seconfd floor is the Rotunda, As you enter the interior feels immense but is very simply laid out. There are exhibition located in adjacent galleries.

Around the rotunda there are galleries  house that permanent exhibition and special exhibits
Masterworks from Native cultures highlight the permanent  collection.

The collection of art and artifacts are from a variety of tribes spanning hundreds of years. The individual items selected for showing are outstanding. However, I did not get a sense of history as everything is organized geographically rather than chronologically. While the exhibits are excellent,  they seem a little lost in such  a large building.

 (click photos to enlarge)

 

As I said earlier, I enjoyed the individual artifacts and was glad that I went inside this majestic building.

Witches in NYC

Almost every weekend there is a street fair or festival going on somewhere throughout New York City. This weekend I visited a Witchsfest at Astor Square.

It is always fun to see events that feature “cultures” so different than mine. There were vendors highlighting witchy, New Age, Gothic and steampunk – I have no idea what these are?

And you can take home a magic item made right before your eyes.

It was interesting to see how many spectators were interested in witchcraft.

NYC – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Midtown-Paley Center-May 18 – July 14-2019

IF VISITING THE. CITY AND WALKING DOWN 5TH AVENUE THEN THIS IS A GREAT STOP FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. LITERALLY, IT IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER (W 52) FROM 5TH AVENUE

An Exhibit of Iconic Memorabilia, New TMNT Apps, Screenings, and More


The year was 1984. Two guys published a comic book for the ages, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1. And as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello emerged into the world, they changed pop culture forever.

Five television series, five feature films, hundreds of comic books, and thirty-five years later, the Paley Center creates a Turtleverse that includes:

  • dynamic art pieces showcasing the comic-book origins of our half-shell
  • “selfies” with a Turtles standees
  • iconic posters and products.
  • Sewer surfing through a visual timeline of the evolution of the Turtles from the very first comics to the current series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Gearing up with a Turtles mask to play TMNT apps
  • expressing your inner Turtle with craft activities
  • Hopefully, getting in on some gnarly giveaways!
  • Cowabunga!

VISITING THE EXHIBIT 
Saturday, May 18 to Sunday, July 14, 2019

FREE and open to the public. No advance ticketing.

Exhibit Hours:
Wednesdays to Sundays, noon to 6:00 pm; Thursdays until 8:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

They also show movies on weekends. Get details here