In Between Trains . . .

Having recently seen Hugo - a complete masterpiece -  I've become nostalgic for a time and a place when train stations were celebrated. A time when people would dress up to board a train, a time when the station was a place to see and be seen. Well, the only cure for this nostalgia was a visit to Grand Central (no offense, NY Penn Station). Grand Central Station is such a New York treasure, I could go on and on about the shopping and the architecture and the market and the tennis courts, but I'll save those for later posts.

Some of my favorite Hugo moments were the interactions of the people sitting at the station bar or cafe as they enjoyed a glass of wine or a lovely little espresso in the middle of the station floor. I loved the dynamic of the crowds hustling in between trains while the regulars sat sipping their drinks with such pleasure. I thought I'd try to recreate my own New York version of those train station moments.

Like any New Yorker, we started out the night with a friendly drink. A Kir Royale at The Campbell Apartment was the perfect way to bring back that old fashioned glamour once associated with train stations. After our apéritifs, we headed over to Cipriani Dolci for dessert. It was magical to be at one of my favorite restaurants in the world (the Venice location is obviously my number one, but Fifth Avenue comes in a close second), overlooking commuters from all over zooming in and out of the main floor. With the taste of Venice, the style of New York, and the countless languages heard throughout the station, it felt straight out of a Scorsese.


Rainy Friday . . .

New York has its rainboots on today.

It's warm (60 degrees in January?!) and wet and way too rainy outside, but it's all okay because it's Friday. Let's get through the rest of this workday so we can get on with our weekends. Any great plans? I'm hoping to fit in some good meals, music, and at least one city adventure. Maybe a show, definitely some shopping. 

I'll keep you posted. Happy Weekend. 



January Theatre Review . . .

I've always been a sucker for musicals. I blame my elementary school best friend, who to this day is my number-one-go-to for all things Broadway. When I was six years old she introduced me to Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain. I've been hooked ever since.

The theatre was something I was really looking forward to when I moved to New York. Sadly though, when work got busy, Broadway shows were one of the first things to go. Which meant that in the two and a half years that I've lived here, I'd only seen only five shows total.

Now, thanks to my new Resident Tourist status, I have all the time in world to see as many shows as I want. Such that, in just one month I've gone to four shows - nearly as many as I'd been to in the past couple of years. Life is just more fun with a Broadway show midweek.

Anything Goes
Of the four shows I saw this month, this one was far and above my favorite. The music, the set, the cast, and the costumes were all spectacular. I had such a blast seeing this musical revival that I'm contemplating going again, and soon. Set on a boat in the 1930s, the entire performance is full of old time glamour, outstanding vocals, and a load of good laughs. If you see one show this year, I'd highly recommend you consider this one.

Sister Act
I've never seen the movie, so I don't have a comparison for the stage performance, but I'll tell you that I thought this show on Broadway was quite fun. The music was joyful, the storyline simple, and the jokes had me cracking up. I walked out of the theatre with a smile on my face. If you're looking for a light and easy show, then I'd definitely give this one my recommendation. 

On A Clear Day
I really only went to see this because of Harry Connick, Jr. I had no idea what the story, setting, or cast would be like. It was an interesting show. The musical numbers were fun and the storyline was intricate, but there was something about it that didn't floor me. Throughout the play there are a number of flashbacks set in the 1940s, while the present setting remains in the 70s. I found that contrast in decades too harsh. For me, the two time periods didn't mesh well on stage. However, I will say that if you're any kind of Harry Connick, Jr. fan, it's worth seeing this show. His voice is amazing and he's on stage throughout the entire musical.

I'm sad to report that I was rather disappointed with this one. Starring Bernadette Peters, a Broadway icon, I thought this show would be fantastic, but unfortunately it fell a bit flat in my book. The story was disjointed and the set bare and poorly used for most of the show. I will say that the vocals were very impressive and the few dance scenes were entertaining. But all in all, this show was a miss. It just closed in New York last week, but watch out LA, it's headed your way. 

All photos by Joan Marcus, 
except for On a Clear Day photos by Paul Kolnik


Let it Snow . . .

This Saturday saw New York's first official snow of the winter. Apart from a few quick errands and moments of play in the powder, I let the cold front be the perfect excuse to stay in for the weekend. Every now and then it's good to take a break, cozy up with your favorite cashmere throw, and indulge in a good old fashioned movie marathon.

Here are a few of my favorite New York City flicks:

1. Breakfast at Tiffany's

2. Scent of a Woman

3. The Devil Wears Prada

4. Gangs of New York

5. When Harry Met Sally

What are yours?


A Thursday Night Agenda . . .

Hi All ~

Don't worry I haven't forgotten about you, but my apologies for the mini-vacation. It was a very busy weekend with one of my best friends from college who was in town visiting. Followed by some very busy days at work spent sourcing fabrics and trims at TexWorld

To make amends for being MIA, I thought I'd share a Resident Tourist tip on one of my favorite ways to spend a Thursday night - if you're in the city, this may be a good plan for you this evening. 

Maialino, Danny Meyer's incredibly successful interpretation of a Roman trattoria, ranks as one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. From the gingham table clothes to the fresh, seasonal ingredients this eatery evokes everything that is classic Roman style. Located in the Gramercy Park Hotel, just a block from the park and a lobby from the Rose Bar, Maialino seriously offers all the fundamentals for a delightful Thursday night. 

Here's my agenda if you care to take some tips:

Start out the night with a walk around Gramercy Park. Build up an appetite, look in through the gates, dream about the day that you'll own a lovely pied–à–terre around the park and get that ever longed for and highly coveted secret key.

Then claim your table at Maialino and be sure to put in an order of proscuitto and mozzarella, brussel sprouts, and kale salad for the table. Don't forget to also order an appropriate bottle of red while you're at it. If you feel you need more appetizers, I'll leave that up to you. I can recommend the fried artichokes or the seared octopus, there is also a great selection of cheeses if you're interested. For entrees, I'm a pasta enthusiast so I always order the Cacio e Pepe (pasta, pecorino cheese, and pepper, literally my dream dish). But if you prefer protein, I'll suggest the chicken, sea bass, and of course, Maialino's famous suckling pig. Finally, for dessert, you must order the Bomboloni (Italian doughnuts) and chocolate croissant bread pudding. Need I say more?

Finally, after you are sufficiently stuffed, I proposed you cross the hotel lobby and get a table at Rose Bar for some music and an after dinner drink. Between the candle light, heavy velvet curtains, and 20th century art you'll understand what all the fuss is about this ultra-glam hotel bar. 

Have fun tonight, happy Thursday!

PS. A huge thanks to everybody who has joined The Resident Tourist thus far. Slowly, but surely, we're building the numbers!


Twenty-Twelve Resolution . . .

Yes, I realize we're almost two weeks into the new year, but I have finally settled on my resolution for 2012. After running through all the usual suspects - get fit, get organized, get up earlier - I decided I'd like to make a resolution that I can actually measure. I want to be able to quantify my progress as I work toward a meaningful goal. Right now, my most important project (apart from my health) is The Resident Tourist. 

So, as my 2012 resolution, I will attempt to get 500 followers to join this blog by its one year anniversary, November 1, 2012. I realize that is quite a number of readers, and that it will take persistent work and effort, but what else are resolutions for, right? I will, however, need a bit of your help. Just an extra fifteen seconds on this site will make me closer to my 500 follower goal. And don't worry, there will be something in it for you too. If I get 500 or more followers by 11/1/12, I'll promise to share a special secret with you. As more followers join, more details will be revealed. 

Here's how to join: 

1. If you look at the very bottom of your screen you'll see this Followers Icon:

2. Click on the Join this site button and you will see a screen that looks like this: 

3. Depending on what sort of account you have, click on the icon of your choice. For instance, if you have a twitter account, join through twitter. If you have a gmail address, join through Google, etc. 

4. After choosing your account, you will need to sign in. 

5. You will be asked how you'd like to follow The Resident Tourist, select publicly, and hit Follow this Blog. 

That's all it takes, just a few simple clicks. 

6. Now, if you don't have a Google/Gmail, twitter, Yahoo!, AIM, Netlog, or OpenID account, you can easily set up a google account HERE to join. 

Enormous thanks to those who have already joined. If you like what you've read so far, I ask that you tell your friends, family, colleagues and coworkers about The Resident Tourist. If any of them decide to join, then I just might be able to make my 500 goal. 

In an effort to get all these followers, I will be sure to better focus my blog on New York City, post regularly, and take all your suggestions for what you'd like to see on The Resident Tourist. Part of focusing the blog more means that I will be taking my camera everywhere I go. From the three Michelin star restaurant, to the doctor's office, to the park. I'm trying to find the right balance between words and photographs - so any feedback at all will be helpful. Let me know what you're thinking, leave a comment or send an email, and most importantly become my follower. Join this site.

Much thanks!



Weekend Update . . .

Friday: Dinner at Desmond's then cocktails and jazz at Bemelmans Bar.
Saturday: Brunch in the Upper West, chocolate shopping at Jaques Torres, and Anything Goes on Broadway. Sunday: Nougatine at Jean-Georges for lattes and toast, followed by friends, football, and (way too much) food while watching the Giants win.

A twelve-photos-worthy weekend, I'd say.   


Little Black Tour Book . . .

First LBTB of 2012. 

Click the links below to be directed to each pick's site. 

Bergdorf Goodman
When I think of post holiday shopping there's only one word that comes to mind, sale. Sale, sale, sale, sale, sale. The department stores have amazing sales this time of year, and if you're going to shop department why not shop at the best of the best, Bergdorf Goodman. For half the price, this is your chance to get those Prada pumps you've been lusting all winter. 

Craving something warm and comfy? Nothing says comfort food like spaghetti and meatballs, right. Well this adorable eatery takes your childhood favorite and makes it entirely your own. Stop by The Meatball Shop in the LES or the Village, grab a clipboard and design your own delicious meatball creation. Choose your favorite ball, sauce, side, and preparation. And if you're really in the mood for a treat, create a specialty ice cream sandwich for dessert. With a variety of cookies and ice creams to choose from, the possibilities are endless. 

There's nothing like a delicious drink, creatively concocted and expertly executed, to get you through the week. Thirsty for a sip packed with flavor and inspiration? Visit Death & Co. where mixology becomes a form of art. Be warned, vodka is not on the menu. So if you're a devoted vodka drinker, get ready to get adventurous. Try a Rita Hayworth made with Tequila, and I swear you'll be converted. Resident Tourist Tip: Sit at the bar, watch the show. 

Home to many a celebrity, the Tribeca Grand will be your new downtown headquarters. Conveniently located right next to the city's trendy shopping district, this subtly swanky hotel has it all. From the constant party scene at Church Lounge to sprawling views of the Hudson. If you time your visit just right, you might be able to catch a private movie screening at the 100-seat Grand Screen Theatre. It'll be a stay to remember. 


First Day of Work Outfit . . .

A new year, a new life, a new job. Tomorrow I'll start working part-time at my father's showroom, helping out with styling and merchandising for one of his clothing lines. My doctor, trainer, family, and friends all agree that it is the right move to get back into the normal routine of a normal life. So, like every "first day" that I can remember - first day of school, first day of college, first day of work - I've laid out my outfit the night before. I made sure to choose something fashionable, yet professional. 
Wish me luck!


Alexander Wang Blazer

Banana Republic Necklace

Gap 1969 Jeans

Zara Bag

Ps. In case any of you were wondering, I'll still be blogging regularly throughout the week. So please stay tuned for many more posts to come. The showroom is located in Times Square, so I'll be sure to share any Resident Tourist tips I may stumble upon.