A walk on the west side
As a calm end to my heavenly two weeks of holiday vacation, I headed to the Upper West Side to see the New York Historical Society, which reopened this fall after a 3-year, $65 million renovation. The investment shows — works of art and terrific collection of artifacts are cleverly displayed. Along the way, I saw some interesting things and had a good time taking a long walk in the long-awaited true winter temperatures (it’s the Upstater in me).
Busts, Guns and Portraits.
Great collection of everyday artifacts at this museum in a really well-designed two-story gallery. These weathervanes are pretty and made me chuckle after watching Morning Glory the other night (cute movie – there’s a crazy weather man in it who always wants to do a story on his weathervane collection… naturally it always gets axed).
Caffè Storico is Gorgeous (capital G intentional)! Love all the white with a hit of color on the chairs. And the dish display. And the bead board ceiling. Can you tell I like it a lot? Didn’t have time to stop in to sit down, so I snapped this through the glass door so their CS logo is in the foreground.
Teacups and Silver Spoon chandeliers in the museum store. Chintzy and I’m digging it.
Modeled on a colonial stamp from the before the Revolutionary War, this new “Keep Calm” moniker on display in the museum shop is supposed to symbolize how the British expected colonists to just cough up cash, but now it kind of sounds like a line the Democrats will be throwing at blustery Republicans during the Presidential election this year.
For making that your license plate? Yes, you are.
An Upper West Side favorite, Thérapie New York (77th and Columbus), an upscale, well-curated pharmacy is closing because of increased rent. The blow-out sale drew me in where I picked up fun little notebooks, stocked up on Caspari cards and Rosebud Salve and pounced on this little treasure of an Hermès-inspired silk scarf.