An Amazing Museum

An Artist’s Tools Are The Entire Universe

The Donald Judd Museum is an amazing museum. It’s not like other museums that mainly display wall paintings, sculptures, and artifacts in plexiglass encased booths. The museum, which is housed in Donald Judd’s 5 story home here in Soho, explores his architecture, his use of space in interior design, furniture design, paintings, sculptures as well as his collection of other famous artists’ works.

Although Judd’s home, a five floor cast iron building, was recently renovated at a cost of  23 million dollars, the layout of the furniture and artworks is almost exactly the same as when Judd lived there.

Judd felt that, not only do the artworks need to be seen, but that the spacing around them contributes to the artworks’ sense of presence and to the viewers’ appreciation. He arranged each floor for a specific use and the design of the space between objects was very important to him. The second floor of his home was the eating area, the third flood was his work area, the fourth floor was his living room area and the fifth floor was his sleeping area.

Donald Judd was considered one of the most important and innovative artists of his time, living from 1928 to 1994.

I would recommend reading up on Donald Judd before going. It will give you a better insight into this great artist’s mind. The museum is located at 101 Spring Street in Soho and the tours are given by practicing artists.

I was simply fascinated by this museum. It increased my appreciation for artistic potential in the simple things of everyday life. I hope that you enjoy the experience.

Mediterranean Dining And Atmosphere In New York City?



If you love Mediterranean cuisine and atmosphere, then you will really enjoy Pera Soho restaurant. Pera Soho’s culinary style includes both Mediterranean cooking and Middle Eastern cuisine. The food is always tasty. My favorite dish is the baby lamb chops and my wife loves the stuffed eggplant and the Mediterranean atmosphere.

Pera Soho is one of those restaurants which successfully combine Eastern Mediterranean flavors and atmosphere with New York City dining customs and expectations. The restaurant has an unique design layout including indoor and outdoor garden dining which I particularly like. In addition, there is a winter terrace so that you can enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather. In season, there is open rooftop dining with a 180-degree view of the Manhattan skyline. There are also separate dining areas for private groups.

Pera Soho’s atmosphere is one of celebrations, large and small, warm, comfortable and lively, just like the Mediterranean itself.

Upcoming events include a sumptuous, 3 course, Christmas Eve dinner and New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31st. What a good way to start the New year!


A New Haven for Book Lovers

Wow, while Gucci might have an ulterior motive in creating the Gucci Wooster Bookstore at 375 West Broadway, we aren’t sure that we care. Can you imagine if all of the hottest clothing stores, electronic stores and other locations started to highlight books? And had an inviting nook where you could shed your coat (hopefully your phone too) and curl up with a real book?

The Gucci Wooster Bookstore has just opened, curated by Dashwood Books, and it’s certainly a place to see. It’s inside the Wooster store and it’s a cozy, intimate reading nook where you’re actually supposed to curl up and…read!  They plan to have book signings and cultural events too. They actually brought in Dashwood Books founder, David Strettell, to curate the 2000 titles.

Don’t know about you – but we plan to be spending a lot of time in this haven for book lovers in the coming months!

Lipstick Made to Order with SheSpoke

If you don’t know about SheSpoke, a beauty bar in SoHo, you absolutely must. Stephanie March, she of the television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is also a business woman and entrepreneur. She started Rouge, with a friend, a walk-in Midtown salon that offers professional makeup services and has been doing so since 2013.

Now, at SheSpoke in SoHo, you can get a custom designed lipstick in exactly the color you love.  Brilliant never looked this good!

This is such a brilliant idea and one certainly worth checking out here: https://shespokemakeup.com/

 

Holiday Window Displays

New York is home to many famous window displays. Stores on Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue join the holiday fun with their elaborately decorated holiday windows.

This year is no exception. Tiffany’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s—these flagship stores feature displays that are festive, imaginative and fun. This year, the themes of many window displays focus on charity and giving.

New York is not the only big city to use store windows as a showpiece of holiday fun. In nearby Chicago, Marshall Field’s (now Macy’s) has a holiday window display that will be exhibited from November 1st to January 5th. Each window is beautifully decorated and tells a story as visitors walk from one window to the next.

This holiday window display started over a century ago in 1897, making it a Chicago tradition.

If you’re only visiting Chicago, consider starting a new tradition by staying at the Crowne Plaza Rosemont. The Crown Plaza Rosemont is centrally located so you can easily visit family and friends.

Deluxe amenities and holiday-themed activities will help you enjoy this winter season.

Creative Cupcakes

Visit the Little Cupcake Bakeshop in Soho for a taste of childhood.

The bakery, which is known for celebrity sightings, offers several unique cupcakes. Remember enjoying the Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bars? Try the Good Humor Cake—it’s just like the ice cream, only in cake form.

If you’re craving chocolate, the Brooklyn Blackout’s for you. Named one of the best chocolate cakes in America by Food and Wine Magazine, this moist cake is frosted with two different kinds of chocolate icing.

Of course, what’s cake without coffee? Coffee lovers can enjoy espresso and other caffeinated drinks at the bakery.

New Spots Around New York

Here’s a bit of fun! If you enjoy New York City and you’ve been there a lot, you might enjoy hearing about some new digs. Here is a great list of food spots that you might not already know about:

A few of the hot spots include these great places. They are worth knowing more about and reading about!

Tompkins Square Bagels: Here is what they say about this bagel place. “The bagels are perfectly fluffy, with a nicely finished outside. A notable feature of this spot? They also make their own cream cheese and feature countless flavors including pumpkin for the fall. ”

Bagel Bob

Prince Street Pizza

PN Wood Fired Pizza

Two Hands: Here is what they wrote “Two Hands is the perfect brunch spot. This Australian café has two locations and features a diverse, amazing menu that is perfect for your Instagram, too. Order a big slice of banana bread with a decadent espresso mascarpone on top, then make your own egg plate which features the softest scrambled eggs and sides of your choosing and/or an amazingly crafted smashed avocado toast.”

Up and Coming Fashion Designer in SoHo

A local kid recently got some amazing press in the New York Times about his fashion design success. Peter Wenger is only 16, but this home-schooled kid is lighting up SoHo with his fashion finesse. He was part of a children’s tournament on Chopped when he was 12 and now he’s setting his sights on fashion.

As Peter’s mom said, “Because I’m an entrepreneur and my husband is an investor, it’s in the air for Peter. He meets these young founders and sees that everything possible.” Since 2013, he’s been working with Morgane Press, a “fashion mentor.”

He had his own show in SoHo at the same time as New York Fashion week, and he definitely appears to be one to watch.

SoHo Welcomes Birkenstock

Here’s a fun one. Birkenstock is opening its first retail store in the U.S. – and we are getting it in SoHo. Many might say – “But everyone buys online these days. Why open a brick and mortar store?”

The answer to this question is quite interesting. More brands have actually been turning to brick and mortar stores lately. The SoHo location for the Birkenstock store is actually their 47th brand-owned store globally. As their CEO Oliver Reichert said recently, “It is an important part of our ambition to open our own retail stores in strategic locations and vibrant neighborhoods.”

Reichert continued by saying that New York is “one of the few remaining fashion capitals in the world that shapes global cultural and consumer trends. Being here will keep our brand vivid and will also create visibility for all the innovations in our collection towards a group of enlightened, highly influential consumers.”