Only a little over an hour away by train, Dia: Beacon is the perfect day trip to escape the city and see not only amazing art, but see it in the most beautiful setting. It’s located along the Hudson River in the little town of Beacon, NY, and is a very short walk from the Beacon Metro North stop.
The sprawling building was once a carton making and printing plant, but was renovated in 2003 to the gorgeous, loft-like space that it is now. Huge glass windows and skylights let sunlight pour in and show views of the nature around the building, exposed brick and pipes add to the loft-look. I have to admit that I could be looking at almost any art in the building and just be in awe of the space itself. But luckily you get to see modern art by the likes of Richard Serra, Louise Bourgeois, Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter and so many more.
I recommend packing a lunch and eating at the picnic tables on the museum grounds, and breathe in that sweet, less-polluted air. If the farmers market outside the train station is open, you must stop in for a very small, but yummy selection of food.
A round trip ticket to Beacon + museum admission is $27.75 through the MTA.
Photos by William Steinman
I believe that if you’ve never tried Mexican-style grilled corn, your life is not complete. My boyfriend believes that no life is complete without a Cuban sandwich. Luckily two of my favorite restaurants have both, and they’re amazing. I love going for Cuban when I’m tired of the usual Mexican food dish. A popular favorite in Nolita is Café Habana, which is really more of Mexican-Cuban fusion fare. It’s cramped and hard to get a table, but the wait is usually not too terrible and is definitely worth it. For brunch I love the Huevos a la Mexicana, and for dinner you have to, of course, get the Cuban sandwich and grilled corn. I highly recommend their cheap brunch.
17 Prince St., New York, NY
Cubana Café is a very similar cafe in SoHo that’s a perfect stop after a long day of wandering around and/or shopping– especially if you’re in town on vacation. Their grilled corn is even better then Cafe Habana’s, their Cuban sandwich is a good, simple take without trying to add anything fancy (duck Cuban? Please, no.) But what I love most is a simple side dish – Whipped Sweet Plantain Puree. I can best describe this as being close to banana pudding, but it’s not quite as sweet and goes well with all of their dishes on the side. It’s just plain heaven and I think about it all the time!
110 Thompson St., New York, NY
Two often overlooked museums in NY happen to be really fantastic places to visit, with minimal crowds. First up is The American Folk Art Museum. Situated next door to the MoMA, the art is not only fascinating and wonderful – making you question what exactly constitutes as art and who is considered an artist, but the museum itself is a work of art.
I love the tall skinny building that makes such amazing use of the space they had to build. It’s free from 5:30-7:30 on Fridays, the same time as MoMA, but with a lot less of a crowd to maneuver. But their general admission price of $9 is completely worth it if you can’t make it on a Friday night. Do not miss the Shaker pieces, and of course, Henry Darger.
The Morgan Library is a gorgeous building with an interesting mix of old and modern, and there’s always a wonderful show going on. Their illuminated manuscripts are breath taking, and I’ve been captivated at shows like Philip Guston: Works on Paper, Illuminating the Medieval Hunt (an amazing show of an old manuscript on medieval hunting), and Drawing Babar. Fridays are free from 7-9pm. Close by is Manhattan’s Little India, so be sure to grab some delicious food afterwards.
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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Here is New York by EB White
Eloise by Kay Thompson
The house of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
Slaves of New York by Tama Janowitz
A little refuge from the bustle of Union Square, Thé Adoré has a French Country style by way of Japan sensibility and a wide variety of teas, savory snacks and sweets.
A weathered staircase leads to a rustic, peaceful tearoom punctuated by simple farm tables and chairs. Upstairs, you can order a pot of tea and an impossibly adorable tart and while the afternoon away by the big picture window. The staff is known for being a little particular (they will insist on serving certain teas without milk and don’t even try to ask for jam with your brioche!) but always friendly and they’ll let you stay for hours.
Or, if it’s a nice day, grab a snack to go and take a stroll through near-by Washington Square Park.
Afternoon tea and tart by the window at Thé Adoré.
If you’re into cocktails but bored with vodka sodas maybe a Masala Hot Toddy, with tamarind syrup and garam masala rum or a Waylon, a concoction of smoked coke syrup and bourbon is more your speed. I like a little adventure in my mixed drinks and Tailor never disappoints. Cocktails are made artfully with incredible attention to detail: my Crumble (brown butter rum, clove and Poiré) was poured into a glass punctuated by one large perfectly square ice cube. You can splurge on dinner upstairs if you like, or fill up on gourmet corn dogs and porkbelly with miso and butterscotch, like we did.
Oh, and the sweet, salty and spicy popcorn, served in modern white vessels, is totally addictive. We went through three bowls.
525 Broome St (between Sullivan St and Thompson St)
New York, NY 10014
Subway: C,E to Spring Street
1 to Canal-Varick St
A, C, E to Canal-Church St.
Tailor’s warm, cavernous bar is the perfect post-shopping spot for a creative cocktail and snack.
This is the Northeast so check the weather before you go as it can be very unpredictable. I think light layers are a good way to go unless it’s deep summer and then I just wear sundresses every day.
Temperatures can swing 30 degrees up and down in a matter of days.
New Yorkers are more fashion-conscious than most other American cities so dress up a bit! No oversize t-shirts and shorts please! The cliché is that we only wear black here and it’s true that we wear more black than a lot of other Americans but color is fine too.
Wear comfortable but fashionable shoes like slouchy boots or cute flats as you will be walking a lot. Since you won’t be in a car much, also make sure to have a big bag. Tourist sites will tell you to wear a backpack but personally, I hink this makes you look like more of a tourist. I carry a big leather purse and stash a rolled up tote bag in my purse for impromptu shopping sprees.
For weekly events, pick up a copy of Time Out New York.
One more thing: New Yorkers aren’t rude, we’re just very busy and direct. We work long hours and don’t get a lot of time to ourselves. Since many of us live in tiny places, we tend to gather outside our homes a lot and run from work to gym to dinner to parties in one day without going home first. So what I am saying is, be nice. Most of the “rude” people I have encountered in Manhattan are actually tourists acting the way they think New Yorkers act.
Marc Jacobs Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
Carrera Jet Aviator Sunglasses
Linda Farrow/ Sofia Kokosalaki Sunglasses