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Report 2032: Quickie NYC Trip Including the Jewels of La Liz
By woodstock from VA, Fall 2011
Page 2 of 3: Day 1 - Whirlwind through FIT, Chelsea, Meat-Packing District, Christmas Markets & Broadway
Yesterday morning, early, I flew up. My friend took the Acela so she met me at Spice Market for lunch in the Meatpacking District. I got there early enough to dump my bags and walk from 49th Street to City Bakery on 18th. It's becoming a pilgrimage. The pretzel croissants are To. Die. For. And the hot chocolate is essentially melted chocolate... with a huge hunk of homemade marshmallow thrown in to melt. On the way there I stopped at Marimekko and Eataly but didn't buy anything. Love Marimekko though. So happy.
After my pre-lunch treat (it was 11:30 when I walked out) I wandered over to FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) to see the Daphne Guinness exhibit. Put in its most basic terms, both this exhibit and Liz Taylor's exhibit were those of art collectors. I would be hard pressed to point out which person is more flamboyant because valid points can be made for each of them. Daphne is a tiny, tiny woman, and her clothes are simply divine. I have to ask, though, how on earth do you wear the tall platform shoes with no heel? Does someone carry you around? Do you just prop yourself against the wall with a drink? Most of her clothes displayed were simply beautiful, I would only consider a few to be eyebrow-raising (like, body armor, or the outfit which had inch+metal nails sticking out all over, like a porcupine).
Before I walked into her exhibit I first wandered through the exhibit of important designers of the 20th century (Part I). Stunning and very wearable clothes except perhaps for the Armani evening gown completely covered with large Swarovski crystals, beautiful but it had to be a weight similar to chain mail.
Next was lunch at Spice Market (Vongerichten). This was probably my fourth visit to this restaurant, and I'm thinking I may give it a rest finally. I still loved the ginger margaritas but the food didn't impress like it did the first time. It seemed a little tired. We chose this one because I wasn't very far away and we wanted to walk the High Line for a little while and go shopping at DVF's flagship store and wander the Meatpacking District to shop. I think I should have chosen Pastis instead, it's the same guy who owns Balthazar in Soho and it gets good reviews. Next time...
After the wandering (damage done at DVF, and, I am going to come back just to walk the whole of the High Line) we strolled over to the Union Square Christmas Market. By the time we got there it was dark. Christmas gifts for my niece and nephew... then back to the hotel to get ready for the Alan Rickman play, Seminar.
We chose Seminar for a few reasons. Alan Rickman, of course. And the fact that a friend of mine lives up there and his brother works "costume" for various plays and occasionally can get backstage passes for his friends - and this was the one he was working on now. I only found this out at brunch, the morning after our trek up to see Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in April... and learned from this friend that his brother had worked that play... grrr. At any rate, no luck. Alan Rickman is very private (completely understandable) and so no backstage. Oh well, some other time.
The play was very quick witted and clever and I consistently marvel that actors can remember those lines. I can't even have a 30 minute presentation without nervously referring to my notes behind the safety of a podium. Jerry O'Connell was instantly recognizable too, and I had to Google the others afterwards. Incidentally he was the only character who wasn't sleeping with all the other characters, so even though he played a dolt sellout, maybe he wasn't so bad after all. Smile Lily Rabe is Jill Clayburgh's daughter and she went toe to toe with Rickman - very strong presence. I learned she was nominated for a Tony last year for her role in the Merchant of Venice. Hamish Linklater was the latent genius, drawn out of his shell (incidentally he was in the Merchant of Venice last year as well). Finally Hetienne Park. Sorry, if you were expecting a good review, I'm not that talented! But I did enjoy the show. I came up with a theater geek friend who grew up in theater, and around it, and goes to numerous productions in NYC and DC all the time.
Afterwards we walked through Times Square which I know is awful and dreadful but it's still mesmerizing. It's as light as daylight even at 10pm. We went to Toloache on 50th street which to me was good, but kind of bland (i.e., not spicy). It is Mexican food but it's not the usual dripping in cheese Mexican food that is so ubiquitous. I ate entirely too much and as we made our way back to the hotel I realized darn it, we are here just one night and we should have visited Rock Center and the tree and the storefronts instead of eating way too much food that late. Oh well.
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