I spent the weekend in New York, with my gal pal Caroline yay! We flew British Airways and were picked up by my fave car service in the city Attitude New York. Even though we landed late Joel still gave us service with a smile.
We stayed for three nights at the fabulous Pierre Hotel on E61st Street overlooking Central Park in all its autumn glory. I’ve stayed at the hotel twice before (I know.. spoilt…) and love it’s traditional, sumptuous décor and the ridiculously comfortable beds. Also it’s the only hotel in the city where the elevator attendants still wear white gloves. Many people have an apartment in the building as well as there being hotel rooms I love feeling a bit like a local sharing the elevators with the dog walker and such like, it has a really friendly yet still extremely luxurious feel to it.
The temperature was cool but the colours of the trees and leaves were incredible, and the Christmas tree arrived at the Rockefeller Center – what timing! Fantastic to see the ice rink in full swing, the department store windows were unveiling their Christmas themes too.
We filled our time with friends, exhibitions, theatre and shopping (the Minx sent me off with an extensive list… Annie’s homegrown bunny biscuits, FAO Shwartz glitter tattoo kit – y’know the essentials…).
So brilliant to catch up with Lindsey Holder of The Savvy Assistant (I love this site, I think you will too), we had a stroll in the park, grabbed a coffee then helped me buy Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate from Williams-Sonoma – I *heart * kitchen shops and food stuffs when I’m in New York, call me crazy but it’s just my ‘thing’. Williams-Sonoma is the most incredible kitchen store which always smells amazing as they cook from their kitchen in store; pumpkin bread, waffles, cookies – pretty much everything that I love to eat.
We went to MOMA to see the Dante Ferretti and Rene Magritte exhibitions, and also sample the specially created Dante cocktails in the bar, genius!
The biggest reason for going to New York was to see Betrayal on Broadway starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall, definitely one of the hottest tickets in town. With a running time of just under 90 minutes it moves with great pace and fluidity. The set moves in synch as do the cast, who give brilliant, brilliant performances, and the audience couldn’t wait to jump to their feet and give a standing ovation at the end. It was a magical evening that also included a chance encounter with Barbra Streisand! We deservedly finished with cocktails back at The Pierre that night.
Why is it as soon as one New York trip is finished, you’re already planning the next? It’s a helluva town!
DC – Celebrity PA