New York: A.B.C., Part 2

One of the core reasons for making this trip now was to catch the blockbuster show Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show is on the same floor as Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective; both shows are exquisite and moving and left me with an indelible impression.

While at West Chelsea’s Gallery 1500, which represents a roster of Brazilian photographers, an artist’s photo-collection of urban and industrial mainstays around Berlin was on display in large, framed format. However, it was a separate architectural photo art which caught my eye and one I’d wish to have for my own wall…. Shot by another photographer, Bruno Cals, my favorite from his Horizons series is “Avenida Paulista 01” because it is so beautiful, spiritual but also dynamic.

As I revisited the memorized paths of my majestic Manhattan from trips gone by, I was however a first-timer at The Campbell Apartment, a wonderful discovery, but only once I found my way through the labyrinthe of Penn Station to this secluded haven off the beaten path.

Serendipitously, I happened upon Assouline, located at The Plaza, where I purchased a tennis fashion book while waiting for a friend. At the gorgeously chic BG Restaurant, I delighted in afternoon tea for two, goofy conversation and appreciated an almost aerial view of the Park, where earlier I had strolled most happily through Literary Walk, a part of quintessential Noo Yawk’s gapingly beautiful Central Park, albeit even under a lengthy but welcomed drizzle.

Since my last visit to the Big Apple, new commercial spots — resto-store/hospitality — such as Eataly and Mondrian Soho, have opened and are worth a visit or a stay. While in Madison Square Park, I stood in awe — even by night — of Jaume Plensa’s 44-foot tall, 360 degrees contemplative Echo statue on summer display.

"Echo" by J Plensa, Madison Square Park Photo: Art Observed

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