Sunday, October 3, 2010

The City Life

New York City is the greatest city on Earth... maybe second to Paris, I do have an affinity for all things French so I can be biased :)  In addition to the incredible food and skyscrapers, there is so much history and culture here that my body just tingles every time I turn a corner and see something so fabulously New York!  I also get excited when I see anything that was ever featured on Sex and the City.  It's an addiction, I can't help it.  These past couple of days I've done a bit of wandering around parts of the city, which I hadn't had the time to do since I moved.  A friend suggested I head to the Museum of Modern Art for their Target Fridays which offers free admission from 4pm to 8pm on Fridays.  I had been to the museum twice before, but thought this would be a great free way to kill some time before my Friday evening plans, and they are always changing exhibits, so even if you've gone before, there are new things to see (last time I got to enjoy an awesome Tim Burton exhibit there)!  In case you're interested, here is a great list of New York City museum deals for free or reduced admission.  I've been to a couple of the other museums before as well, but hope to check out a bunch of these deals during my time here in New York.  I mean, a girl's gotta save money where she can, right?  Here's some amazing artwork from the MoMA...

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh (1889)

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali (1931)
This painting was inspired by Camembert cheese melting in the sun!  See, food inspires us all ;-)

Three Musicians by Pablo Picasso (1921)

Campbell's Soup Cans by Andy Warhol (1962)

Close Up of White Light by Jackson Pollack (1954)

One: Number 31, 1950 by Jackson Pollack (1950)

"The French Manager" costume for the ballet Parade by Pablo Picasso (1917)

Violin and Grapes by Pablo Picasso (1912)

The Portrait by Rene Magritte (1935)
I love how that ham is watching me!!  If my self-portrait was a food, my eyes would be Eggs Benedict, my smile would be a slice of watermelon, and my hair would be cavatappi pasta!  What about you??

"Your girl is lovely, Hubble" - Sex and the City and The Way We Were

I actually walked about 100 blocks yesterday, mostly in the Upper East Side, but also headed over to Columbus Circle.  I did the math, and that's about 5 miles.  I am thrilled because I've felt like I haven't really gotten to walk around (read: get any exercise) since moving, and walking around the city was a big part of the reason I was excited to live here, to be more active while simultaneously experiencing the city!  I went to the ridiculously awesome and huge Apple store on 5th Avenue, just because, and to FAO Schwarz next door, the incredible toy store that is every child's (and sometimes adult's) dream!

The spiral staircase and cool round elevator at the 5th Avenue Apple Store!

Modern technology meets classic New York! Love this picture!

I bought my nephew's birthday present while I was there, and can't wait to give it to him, although it will probably be useless to him until he's a little older.  It's cooking-related, but that's all I am going to say since my sister is a reader and I don't want to give too much away, haha.  I wanted to get him a stuffed shark (because y'all know how much I love sharks, and he does too now) but I thought the sharks they had were a little too scary-looking for a 2-year-old :)

Great White Sharks and Leopard Sharks!

"C is for cookie, and cookie is for me!!"

View of the first floor from the second floor of FAO Schwarz

The Big Piano! I wanted to "play" this piano so bad, but I'm pretty sure it was for kids and their parents :) Maybe we can bring my nephew here sometime! And then I'll get to go because of him, hehe. 

We also walked up to the new Shake Shack in the Upper East Side which opened this summer! I had been to two of the other Shake Shack locations before, but hadn't filled the void in my life stomach with a Shack Burger recently, so I took my cousin who had never been there before.  He loved it, and of course I did too!  I tried one of the special UES Concrete creations (each location has special flavors that are only available there) which was a spin on pineapple upside down cake, which they referred to as Pineapple Upper East Side Cake... so clever!  Shake Shack has amazing burgers!  I have never been disappointed, even when I took a Double Shack burger on the train home to RI once, which was practically ice cold by the point I got to eat, it was still juicy and delicious.  Now, that's the sign of a great burger :)  And I don't feel guilty either because I know their food is never frozen, the meat is ground in-house from good quality Black Angus beef.  So worth waiting in line (regardless of the wait, and let me tell you there's almost always a long line) for these amazing burgers!  My concrete was so good too, and considering how much I love pineapple upside down cake, this twist on those flavors totally hit the spot!

Please buzz... so hungry!!

Pineapple Upper East Side Cake Concrete: Vanilla custard, fresh pineapple, shortbread, caramel, maraschino cherries $6.25

Double Shack Burger $7.25 and Fries $2.75


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