The best word to describe Brooklyn Heights, the quiet little neighborhood on the east side of the Brooklyn Bridge, would be quaint. It’s the polar opposite of Lower Manhattan’s Financial District across the East River, with tree-lined blocks of brownstones, plenty of parks and the Brooklyn Heights Cinema.
This past Thursday, I went to an event at Méli—a recently open Greek restaurant in Midtown East. The beautifully designed, two-floor establishment has an intimate bar near the front and an ample-sized dining room in the back—complete with breathtaking scenic photos of Greece; romantic curtains; large, framed mirrors; and gorgeous chandeliers.
One of my favorite structures in New York City is Grand Central Terminal. This beautiful building—which serves as the main hub for the Metro-North Railroad, connecting commuters to and from New York City to other counties in New York and Connecticut—reminds me of the grandiose cathedrals in Rome and Florence. Highlights of the awe-inspiring Main Concourse are the large, blue astronomical ceiling and the four-faced clock, which rests atop the main information booth.
Last night, I had the opportunity to see Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, a new Broadway musical, which is currently in previews at the Broadway Theatre and will officially open on March 3rd. This is the first time this classic story has had a home on the Great White Way—the new version, with a few modern twists for good measure—is based on a 1957 TV movie starring Julie Andrews in the title role.
New York City is a land full of cultural opportunities. Every day, both visitors and locals can witness some of the city’s most talented professional thespians, musicians and dancers take to the stage at an almost never-ending list of world-renowned venues—from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to The Metropolitan Opera House and the Imperial Theatre. This metropolis is also home to a number of up-and-coming, dedicated students—on the cusp of their illustrious careers.
When I visited my friend in Seattle a few years ago, she brought me to Pike Place Market and said I had to try the mac and cheese at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. Never one to pass up macaroni, I ordered a small serving and dug in before even leaving the store.
When it comes to weekly eating habits, New Yorkers try to show a lot of restraint. Monday thru Friday, lunch staples normally include soups, salads, light sandwiches and the like. So, when a few weeks ago I found myself salivating over a heavenly smell coming from a coworker’s cubicle, I had to know what they were eating and how they found the courage to switch up the mundane lunch routine.
I always believe the best gifts are those that have a story. New York City, with a plethora of independent shops—carrying everything from one-of-a-kind artwork and home décor, to artisanal foods and vintage fashions—is one of the best places to find unique treasures for you or a loved one.