In New York the four classic points of the compass are secondary in importance. The decisive direction is the fifth compass point: it points upwards, above and beyond, just like the Statue of Liberty who stretches her powerful arm with its torch to the sky. Everyone, everything strives upwards. Everyone gets a chance, but only those who are daring and unafraid of heights can succeed. Architect, Le Corbusier, described it perfectly, New York is a vertical city. A sign of the new time. It is a catastrophe in which an overzealous skill has overwhelmed a brave and confident people, but it is a beautiful and respectable catastrophe.
Balthazar for breakfast meetings and Parisian-style, fin-de-siecle brunches with friends.
A gentleman’s club: With mahogany-framed windows and Dean & DeLuca deli treats, City Club ardently preserves the cachet of the gentleman’s club it once was.
History you should know: On boarding the Titanic first class passengers were greeted personally by Captain Smith while third class passengers had health checks to ensure they carried no diseases that would preventing gaining entry to America at Ellis Island. The Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side tells their less illustrious story and tours their period apartments.
Work of Art: The Bedroom from the Sagredo Palace in Venice at the MET, which was opened by financiers and businessmen in 1872 in an effort to bring art and art education to the American people.
Place for a quiet conversation: In front of the marble fireplace at the Morgan Library dining room. On your way out take a peak at the museum’s three Gutenberg Bibles.
Art Deco architecture: Gotham city eat your heart out, NY’s early 20th-century architecture makes the heart sing. We all know the Chrysler Building, but check out the Trinity Building’s outrageous Gothic dragons and gargoyles.
Drink pre-prohibition inspired cocktails at Lantern’s Keep, a small, discrete Parisian-style salon tucked inside the Iroquois Hotel.
Vintage shopping at Estate Jewels where George and Raf have curated a collection of costume jewelry that spans nearly 150 years of American and European design.
Public Theatre: Over 6 hours, be seduced by GATZ, the re-telling of the ravishing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 tale The Great Gatsby, which is taking New York and London by storm.
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