Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MET Rooftop..

At last... I usually only go to museums on crummy weather days. But the roof top at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is only open when there is no rain in the forecast. With only a few days left before it's closing for the winter months, we attended Cloud City's mirror art in late October. It was a neat , but I was far more impressed with the view skimming right above Central Park with the changing leaves and beautiful skyline.



On57 is quickly becoming an iconic point in the skyline.




It was so good meeting and old friend there, Jessica, who was touring the city with her brother. This pic is taken in the mirror reflection from above.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Cliff & Clyde // Land of Nod...

Clyde sitting big and proud on Cliff at the Scolastic Book Store in Soho.


 

Attempted to sit them both.

Loved visiting this fantastic pop-up-store with these beautiful ladies.

 
 

Santa, my boys would love this tee-pee, preferably in a couple years and when we have a little more space, maybe.

 


Who doesn't want a colorful Christmas?


Saturday, November 24, 2012

NYC's Chocolate Show...

Amanda and I maned the chocholate show at the Metropolitan Pavillion recently in Chelsea. We tested chocholate for days. Everything tasted good, but that comes with the territory of an empty belly upon arrival.


 

hot chocolate shots & cake scupltures



This book struck a cord. The twins have learned to arch their backs, throw their heads back, and shrill simultaneously. My brother-in-law named it the alligator death roll. Yikes!



more of the same where I did a contributing post here


Documenting when Daddy gets home...

NYC has lots to offer and is a great place for new moms. People often ask how I do it as a mom of twins in NYC. I'm not sure how people don't do it in a city like this with so much available and feasible at our fingertips. Sure, there are inconveniences that bring challenges.But... the best part of our day is consistently when Daddy gets home, preferably before the boys are off to sleep. 


 

Charles Hyrum (above)
(below) Charles on left and Clyde on right


Charles has some made tongue curling skills.
Andrew is trying to make them smile here and they're just staring in return. 




Clyde David

 


Friday, November 23, 2012

Discovering Columbus in a an elevated living room...

A living room was built and enclosed around the top of the Christopher Columbus spire that is in the center of Columbus Circle where Broadway, Central Park West, and Central Park South meet. I originally thought it was construction due to all the scaffolding surrounding. But instead, it's flights of stairs (not for the weary) leading up to a living room--with a TV turned on making it perfectly authentic. I'll note, CC's living room is bigger than my entire apartment.


Isn't he a dashing lad? Hand on his hip, weight in his back foot... I was surprised that they wouldn't let us touch him as he is exposed to the elements year round and has been since 1892, and I'd imagine that brings much more erosion to his physique.  I was surprised how tall the statue is too. He looks smaller from the ground level. Then again, we probably look like ants to him down there. 


Since the exhibit is free, I booked few different days of tickets at lunch hoping one of those days Andrew wouldn't have any trouble slipping away to watch the boys for 30 min. It was quick and painless and a fun rejuvenating activity w/out the twins. 


Just lounging with Christopher.


The pic above is the panorama option on my phone. I took this from CC's balcony. I'm crazy about Central Park's leaves and how you can see down CPW and CPS as well as Broadway.


 

Pic of the scaffolding in the circle center. The other 2 pics were taken from the Mandarin Oriental's lobby looking down (w/out the scaffolding) on about the 35th floor of the Time Warner. 


They just extended the exhibit a couple week through the start of December I believe. Free to all tickets acquired online


Friday, November 16, 2012

Hearst Tower's Good Housekeeping...

In Jenna's absence, who had to evacuate with Hurricane Sandy, I was able to represent Mommy in Manhattan at the 7 Years Younger blogger event in the Hearst Tower. Head on over and read more about it...


This a panorama pic off my phone of the Test Kitchen. Everything that Good Housekeeping publishes in their magazine has been tested and approved. I've always loved and appreciate their magazine but I have utmost respect for their publishing after seeing just what it is they do. Their recommendations are well researched, studied, and thought out. 


The test kitchen overlooks the SW corner of Central Park. So beautiful to see the leaves changing from above. What a view.


Amanda and I learning more about 7 Years Younger. I'm not sure Amanda could look 7 years yonger...


Standing in front of the seal with Megan who was there for the event as well. 


Got this pic from here. I've strolled by this building a hundred times. I was so pleased to go inside at last. I love how the new is built into the old. 

Thanks Jenna for allowing me this great opportunity. And thank you Good housekeeping for treating us to such a lovely occasion. I look forward to putting the words of 7YY into practice and tweaking my way of thinking and eating.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lower East Side Food Tour...

 

The Hulme's were kind enough to include us on the SideWalkofNYtours.com that was giving a great deal on Living Social. I'm practically a foodie now.
I haven't spent too much time on the LES and there is so much culture and history there. So this was a great walk to roam the streets and see this area of Manhattan that I know so little about. 
The map and listing above is basically the tour. I highly recommend walking it with your lover or SOS. 


1st Stop: Yanah Schimeel
Famous for their Knishes as seen below. Delicious. I had never even heard of Knishes before. Shameful. There are notebooks at each table to leave your name/date/message. A lot of history is apparent when you walk through this ma & pa shop that's over 100 yrs. old. They have a chocolate cheese I'll have to try next time. 



An open bar we walked by. Thought the chalkbaord tracking the elections electoral votes was festive. However, I wouldn't of wanted to be the one with the chalk. I see so much red there. I'm still so confused.

 

Some say this is NYC's best delhi which is why it has survived wars and depression since 1898. We only got a taster but the pastrami was quality I've never known. And when you order and aren't just there for a tester, they pile it a miles high. The meat hanging from the windows and visible from all angles dampers my appetite a little. 


Il Laboratorio del Gelato... This expansive window of a huge open kitchen is where deserts are handmade fresh giving off the custom lab feel. Not for inexperiences gelato testers. 

 

Clyde riding in the kangaroo pouch. The rule is, if you ride in the kangaroo pouch you have to be happy.The twins decided on that rule actually. They introduced us. We gladly oblige with a pain in our back.  Usually one of the twins earns that extra special ride (out of the stroller) when he is fussy. I'm glad we had C&C with us on the tour, but it was a long time to expect them to just putz along. Mommy is usually a fast walker. They are used to cruising. The stops and slow moving of the tour was not their style. 


The Red Square Building is located on Houston St. It's an apartment building with an ionic "Askew" clock where the numbers are disarranged. This building was built in 1989, the year the Soviet Union fell. The  fall kept the Lenin statue from going on display. Once acquired, was placed here above on the red building. Hence, red square. He faces towards Wall Street so people go wacky on that interpretation.


 The twin's ABC-NYC book says O is for Orchard St. It was great to walk it at last. 

 

The LES has everything from old school shops that have been around for ages, to newer galleries. I'm glad to see a custom hat shop stays afloat. It's neat to see the diversity. Great pic below mixing the old with the new...

 

Back to the food tour--there was just so much to see in between.


Economy Candy...This family owned candy shop opened in 1937, the same year Snow White was released. They have all the old school candies that will bring 3 generations back to their childhood. For me, it was the Pez dispensers, Root beer Barels, Big League Chew, Pixi Sticks, and Buble-gun cigarettes.


Does candy ever go bad? How do they keep the vintage candies in stock?

 

The Tenement Museum I have yet to go into. It's highly recommended by many to see how so many lived on the LES back in the day. A couple ladies bought this brownstone for $50,000 in the 80's and now it is worth $5.5. Wow. Quite the investment. They ended up keeping it its original form once they bought it and turned it into not-for-profit museum. 



Best Dumplings Ever. 10 for $2.00. I'm so glad this was on the tour. This isn't the type of place I'd think to try. But it was incredible.  The sinage only shows its authenticity. Appertizer



Barrel cured pickles brined from 1 to 60 days like the olden days, unlike the factories now days. No preservatives. The 1-day old brined were more like a sweet cucumber than a pickle. And the 60-day old ones were very sweet. Heavenly place for pickle lovers. Loved the exposed brick too. 



I'm not sure of the place shown above. It was just a couple doors down from Doughnut Plant on Grand St. though. They have the most amazing fresh bagel (without the center cut out). The placed smelled so fresh with flour lingering the air as everything is being kneaded right there. 

 

Remember Doughnut Plant? They have a new location right next door to their last. It's much more spiffy. 


Fat Baby wasn't actually on the tour. It was a intriguing looking place though without windows.