A Day of Chandeliers and Awesome Food

 

IMG_0001 Chihuly at NYBG

This week’s excursion brought me to the New York Botanical Gardens for the Chihuly Exhibit, which will be on display until October 29. 2017. This site-attuned exhibit will bring the ooh’s and ahh’s to your lips. Colors and shapes, each more dramatic than the one before–Seuss-like Chandeliers, Spikes, Flora, Geological formations that tease the fountain sculptures–this is a rich experience for all ages. I spent the most time at the Fountain, where I found the beautiful icy rock-like sculptures were so organically integrated with the metal sculptures, as if they had always been there. Alas, they won’t, so go soon! If you are without a car, there are two convenient transit ways to go on the Gardens’ Directions Page here. There is plenty of nature to enjoy at the Gardens–the water lilies are in beautiful bloom right now–plan for a long visit so you can see it all!

IMG_0004 Chihuly chandelier

Not far away, I made the pilgrimage to New York’s northern “Little Italy,” Arthur Avenue, rewards the pilgrim with tasty fresh foods, made the old-fashioned way–fresh mozzarella, pasta, vegetables–markets and specialized shops to take home some. I went in quest of that creamier mozzarella, Burratta,  but, alas Calabria’s (home of the famous “meat chandelier”) only begins to make it on Tuesday so it wasn’t going to be ready on Thursday…a weekend trip back sometime will be necessary if the fresh mozzarella I had to buy is any indication of what to expect.

I dined in high deli style at Mike’s Deli in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, surrounded by all manner of Italian delicacies. Huge portions. They wrap to go!

Afterwards, I took a stroll to find bread and at least look at beautiful pastries. Purchases done, I relaxed with an iced latte at the pleasant café, The Prince Coffee House (air-conditioned or sidewalk seating). The ceiling is covered with latte pitchers–great atmosphere for this coffee lover! Sorry, I cannot tell you about the pastries.

IMG_0003 Ceiling Prince Coffee House

The Arthur Avenue neighborhood is a brief sliver of New York, so you could pass through quickly or have a leisurely lunch and an excellent stroll in and out of the stores. A New York gem to visit.

 

Morning at the Oasis

A small garden on the High Line in New York City.

This month Beyond Beige will detail some exciting urban travel. Yes, urban. Looks like a garden in the country, right? Nope, it’s the High Line in New York City–one of the unexpected pleasures of this mile plus walk above Chelsea. It’s pretty crowded most of the day, so it is wonderful to come upon reflective spaces in this beautifully conceived park. Chic apartments are beginning to obscure the Hudson, so go before it’s gone.

Lunch at Chelsea Market‘s The Green Table, and organic, locavore eatery, was delicious. While the service during the busy lunch hour was a little absent-minded, the outstanding mushroom pot pie made up for it. Great exercise and whole wheat  with delicious vegetables made this a guilt-free day!

On the walk back, I enjoyed some fun public art–graffiti sculptures by Damian Ortega–Here is #2:

Graffiti Sculpture on the High Line by Damian Ortega, #2.