oculus

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Santiago Calatrava's architectural style.  If I could, I'd visit and photograph every single one of his structures around the world.  I finally made it to my second of his beauties during my last trip to New York.  The Oculus, "it’s a magnificent boondoggle" Calatrava referred to it.  I have to say it is something.  I do love the structure, but it does seem oddly placed sitting among giants.

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laudree NYC

Finally.  Finally made it to Laudrée New York!  It's the little things that make this girl so damn happy.  I have been begging friends who live in NY to bring some to me when they visit - but hasn't happened yet.  I have been to Jersey three times since the new year - too far to go for macarons (even for me).  So finally had a meeting in Manhattan and promptly after hopped in a cab to Laudrée!  It's a small store, very busy and they rush you through the line, so there wasn't really time to linger and take it all in.  But, I got me a dozen all snug in a box and headed home!  Hands down the best macarons around!!  (p.s. did you know they are flown in from Paris daily!?!) laudree

(side note - we did pick up macarons at Macaron Cafe in NYC and those were pretty darn good - better than Dana's Bakery I thought - though I like Dana's flavor combos)

166 bridges. bouchon. empire state.

I have to say it was hard to get up this morning! The heat, the walking, the cocktails and late night shenanigans. I did manage to get myself into a cab to Rock center for macarons at Bouchon Bakery. (Wanted to do Laudree, but it was too far away!) I had a delightful chocolate almond croissant and tea while watching Kathy Lee and Hoda do their thing over at the Today Show studio. It's crazy to look into the studio and see all the people and equipment that surround the in this little tiny set space. Funny to watch people try to get on TV too!

Had to walk a few blocks to catch another taxi and as I am standing on the corner with my arm in the air, I look left and there was the Empire State building. See what I mean? Photographic moments just pop up! You don't even have to go looking for them... Once I finally got a taxi, it was off to Lombardi's Pizza - for 'za to go and then back to the hotel with about 10 min to spare before I had to check out and hop on a conference call.

Took the FDR back to the airport and snapped a few photos of the beautiful bridges. NY really does have some fabulous bridge architecture! I really do need to go back and be an actual tourist for a few days to explore and see my NYC friends!

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beauty. essex. steel balls.

Part two of a Tuesday ... dinner at Beauty and Essex, a very eclectic restaurant that is strangely hidden behind/inside a pawn shop.  To my dissapointment, the ruby slippers to get me back to Kansas were sold.  *wink*  A little more walking thru the city and then off to a bar for cocktails, new friends and beyond.  

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167 lady liberty and chelsea

Oh New York... you have so much goodness to offer.  Everywhere I look is a photo looking back at me.  I don't know if I would ever tire of photographing this city.  Spent the morning on the jobsite.  And since it wasn't quite ready that meant I had a free afternoon to roam the city!  I had lunch at the Loretta Howard art gallery with my client who's friend was showing some beautiful paintings.  We sat and chatted with the artist and gallery owner - she even gave me a book from her personal collection! Devil in the White City - can you believe I've never read that book?  (Well if you know me, yes... but seriously I really should read it!) Such a lovely and unique experience! 

Since the gallery is right on the High Line, I decided to walk along and enjoy the elevated view.  What a cool project!  And there were a lot of people walking, sitting and chatting, kids playing in the water features - a fantastic public space!  I might have enjoyed it a little bit more... but it was 100 degrees and 100% humidity - within an hour  I was about to pass out from heat stroke! 

To seek air conditioning and cold water, I popped into the Chelsea Market.  I would love to go back and spend more time in Chelsea!  I loved all the little shops, outdoor dining and the architecture!  I managed to make it back to the hotel just before the crazy storms - watched them move in over the Hudson.  I was lucky enough to have a room with a view of the Statue of Liberty and as I sat there watching the storm roll in (while checking emails and making calls) it struck me how busy that waterway is ... boats all around liberty island.  Maybe I will get on one of those boats and go out the actually see that statue up close and personal someday.  She is lovely from a far... 

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