New York history is anything but boring. Come see the story behind Ralph Lauren’s NYC Men’s Flagship store, the Rhinelander Mansion, over at HuffPost New York. This beautiful address has quite a story behind it that will give you even more respect for Ralph Lauren.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been busy curating a stunning variety of ways to enrich our cultural databases. Take a look at THREE exhibition openings in less than a week:
Costume Institute’s Spring 2015 Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum to Focus on Chinese Imagery in Art, Film, and Fashion – May 7–August 16, 2015
If you missed the photos of the Met Gala, which celebrated the exhibition opening, you might enjoy celeb sightings as seen [Read more…] about Spring and Summer at The Metroplitan Museum of Art
Today I am over at Huffington Post doing a comparison of some of my favorite NYC Midtown hotels: The St. Regis, The London, The Sherry Netherland, The Pierre, and… even a preview of the hotly anticipated
Today we are going to tour New York’s iconic Pierre Hotel, located in my favorite area of New York City. First, a little historical perspective. Because the backstories are always juicy. The 41 story hotel was built in 1929 where a mansion once resided on 61st/5th (the Gerry Home). This new $15-million hotel was a joint venture between Charles Pierre Casalasco of Corsica and a group of Wall Street investors, most notably Otto Kahn, E.F. Hutton and Walter P. Chrysler. It opened for business in 1930, with 700 rooms. The opening gala was attended by everyone prominent in business and society… and the guest chef in the early years was none other than Auguste Escoffier, the father of French cuisine. Wow.
Sadly, the Great Depression took its toll, bankruptcy was filed, then foreclosure, and the hotel was sold at public auction. In 1938, Standard Oil Tycoon John Paul Getty bought the hotel for a mere $2.5 million and owned the hotel until it became a cooperative. [Read more…] about The Pierre, a Taj Hotel
November 19, 2014-March 15, 2015
Madame Cézanne, the first exhibition of paintings, drawings, and watercolors by Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) of his most painted model, Hortense Fiquet (1850–1922), will open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 19. The exhibition will trace Cézanne’s lifelong attachment to the woman who was his model, his wife, and the mother of his son, Paul. She profoundly influenced his portrait practice for more than two decades, and yet, she was not well received—by either his family or his friends.
Madame Cézanne will feature 24 of the 29 known portraits of Hortense Fiquet that Cézanne painted over a period of more than 20 years, including [Read more…] about Madame Cezanne Exhibit at the Met