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Herbal Bouquets at The Little Glass Slipper

Sending flowers? Add some jasmine, sage, and poppy pods to the bouquet.

July 15, 2013

Move over, flowers, herbs are taking their rightful place in floral arrangements and bridal bouquets at a charming new Greenpoint shop, The Little Glass Slipper. "Brides are demanding more unique elements for their weddings, and adding herbs gives that extra touch of something different," says herb florist and The Little Glass Slipper owner Cary Pereyra. "Aside from the standard herbs like mint, lavender, and sage, the most popular wedding herbs right now are poppy pods, jasmine, seeded eucalyptus, geraniums, and even raspberries. All of these elements have herbal components and add a tremendous amount of texture and interest."

Both aromatic and beautiful, herbs dominating bridal bouquets is hardly a new phenomenon. In fact, brides in ancient Greece were all about herbs, in part for their medicinal and aromatherapeutic properties. Herbs were also believed to bring luck and ward off evil—perfect for a happy wedding. Things changed around the 19th century, when Queen Victoria chose flowers over herbs in her own bridal bouquet. But thanks to herb enthusiasts and shops like Little Glass Slipper, herbs are trending once again.

Herbal arrangements also have health benefits: sage helps improve memory while poppies relieve pain. Beauty and healing notwithstanding, scent is another herbal selling point, Pereyra confirms. "For me, the most useful summer herb in a bouquet is a scented one. I especially love scented geraniums for their invigorating, lemony scent, especially if you feel like you're wilting in the summer heat." 



Art Exhibit Helps Relaunch Pier 57

A new art show turns shipping containers and the floor beneath them into public art.

July 15, 2013

Repurposed shipping containers are reincarnated into creative life at Pier 57, thanks to a new art exhibition and installation now open to the public at this New York landmark throughout the month of July.

Entitled "Pier Pressure," the collective exhibit is part of the Pier 57's ongoing refurbishment. Slated to open in 2015, the Marina at Pier 57 in Hudson River Park, will also includes a marketplace, rooftop park, restaurants, retail spaces, entertainment, and cultural programs.

The show takes place on the floor, below a temporary shipping container installation in which 36 containers are suspended from the ceiling, 10 feet above the ground. Designed by Spanish architect Josemaria de Churtichaga, the adaptable installation can be reconfigured simply by raising or lowering each container, thus creating various unique spaces to suit the other cultural programming events planned for the summer.

As for "Pier Pressure," commissioned by the pier's developer, Young Woo & Associates, eight artists have painted the floor beneath the shipping containers: Subtexture, Sinned, Daniel Patrick, Bruce Wall, RJ Raizk, Depoe, Garrison Buxton, Icy, and Sot. 15th St. at West Side Highway

By Simona Rabinovitch
Photography by Benjamin Potter


What We're Reading

Jay-Z performs with Marina Abramovic, new New York Times mag in the works...

July 12, 2013

Jay-Z performs at Pace Gallery

Businessman and rapper Jay-Z's next frontier? The art world, it seems. 

Jay-Z created a tizzy at Pace Gallery this Wednesday, performing his new song, "Picasso Baby," to an unsuspecting audience for six hours straight. The footage, which includes collaborators such as Marina Abramovic, will be used for the song's video. The best way to catch a glimpse right now is via these 15 Vines. [Metro]

New York actor and playwright Jesse Eisenberg (yes, he of The Social Network) writes this hilarious essay from the perspective of his mother as she takes him to the ballet. [The New Yorker

Michael Schulman pens this New York Times Style profile on one of the city's most illustrious (and long-standing) nightlife personalities, Susanne Bartsch, who currently does four parties a week. [The New York Times

Speaking of the Times, executive editor Jill Abramson is fine-tuning her newsroom (and shuffling staff around) "to find the best digital talent." One of the biggest changes: national editor Sam Sifton transitions to create a new digital magazine described as a "lean back read," as well as a new dining news project. [New York Observer]

Famous people have high school friends, too. In this Buzzfeed list and photo gallery, celebs share childhood anecdotes about each other, pre-glory days, and of course, yearbook photos. [Buzzfeed




Where to Eat on Bastille Day

Tuck into cassoulet, steak frites, and tarte tatin at beloved brasseries and cafés.

July 12, 2013

Tarte tatin at Buvette West Village

At Buvette, you'll be tempted to start with dessert.  

This Sunday, July 14, marks Bastille Day, and there’s no finer way to celebrate than with traditional French cuisine. From the more obscure tournedos rossini to meaty cassoulet or the classic croque monsieur, you'll find all you're looking for—and them some—at these beloved French restaurants. 

Cassoulet at Benoit
It doesn’t get more French than a proper cassoulet. At Benoit, chef Philippe Bertineau’s version is legendary. (Bertineau was the first U.S. chef to become a member of France's Universal Cassoulet Academy). Think braised country sausages, duck legs, and breasts with caramelized, melt-in-your mouth pork belly and tarbais beans happily soaked in all the savory drippings.
60 W. 55th St., 646-943-7373

Tournedos Rossini at Le Philosophe
Tournedos Rossini is a treat rarely found in Manhattan. But at Le Philosophe, the dish is not only on the regular menu, but also impressively executed. It's served in a decadent stack, with a crouton-like crust of bread topped with filet mignon, seared foie gras, and demi-glace speckled with black truffles. 55 Bond St., 212-388-0038

Croque Monsieur at FP Patisserie
Head to François Payard’s Third Avenue flagship for a classic croque monsieur done right. Plush slices of Pullman loaf are layered with Gruyére and ham, and then finished with a pour of silky béchamel, a second helping of Gruyére, and a quick broil until bubbly and golden. 1293 Third Ave., 212-717-5252

Steak Tartare, Coq au Vin, and Poireaux en Vinaigrette at Buvette
The menu at Buvette tempts with hearty coq au vin and an excellent steak tartare, but don’t overlook the seemingly modest poireaux en vinaigrette, wherein leeks are simply braised and served chilled with a mustard vinaigrette. It's an deal order on a warm summer night, especially when tarte tatin (ABOVE) is on the dessert menu. 42 Grove St., 212-255-3590

Steak Frites at Balthazar
Craving steak frites? Balthazar is your target. Grab a seat at the bar and a glass of rosé (it is summer, after all) and dig into a plate of crisp, well-salted fries and a perfect medium-rare steak with maître d’ butter. The consistency of deliciousness is guaranteed every time. 80 Spring St., 212-965-1414



All Star Game Festivities for Fans

Celebrity softball, player meet-and-greets, signings, and more.

July 12, 2013

Opening ceremony of the 2013 T-Mobile All-Star FanFest

Tim Brosnan, executive vice president of business for Major League Baseball, at the 2013 opening ceremony of the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest.

As the city kicks off a five-day All-Star celebration, baseball fans around town won’t just be sporting their Yankee pinstripes or Mets orange. A wealth of baseball activities will have New Yorkers and visiting out-of-towners divided into Team National League and Team American League as Citi Field plays host to the 84th annual All Star game on Tuesday, July 16.

“It’s very exciting, especially for the Mets organization—they haven’t hosted [an All Star Game] in such a long time,” says former Mets pitcher John Franco, a New York native and four-time All Star. (The last time an All-Star game was held at the Mets home field—then Shea Stadium—was 1964.) “Now with the new facility, they get to show the country and the world how beautiful the stadium is, and how great the New York fans can be.”

While pitchers are selected, remaining All Star players are voted in by fans. “As a kid, you always dream about playing in the All-Star game if you ever make it to the major leagues,” says Franco, one of this year’s ambassadors for the All Star Game. “It’s a great feeling to represent the organization you play for.”

Leading up to big game, will be myriad interactive fan experiences:

Friday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 16
The T-Mobile All Star FanFest, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, will include “400,000 square feet of baseball activities from baseball clinics to baseball signings,” says Franco.

Saturday, July 13
MLB is partnering with the New York Road Runners for an All-Star 5k in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Franco will be on hand to recruit runners for Team Franco, which will raise money to support those in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Visit nyrr.org to register.

Sunday, July 14
SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball game—Mookie Wilson and Edgardo Alfonzo will manage teams from the US and Latin America in a face off of rising minor league baseball stars. Afterward, past MLB All Stars such as Rickey Henderson, Bernie Williams, and Ozzie Smith will join celebrities including Ashanti, Chris Rock, and Kevin James for a softball game at Citi Field.

Monday, July 15
Yankee Robinson Cano and Met David Wright head up teams from the American and National Leagues in the annual Home Run Derby; Franco and Darryl Strawberry will be hosting a viewing party at Slate (54 West 21st St.).

Tuesday, July 16
MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field.

Visit mlb.com for full schedules and tickets.



Weekend Recommender: July 11-14

Bastille Day bacchanalia, an Off-Broadway musical must-see, and more.

July 11, 2013

Bastille Day on 60th Street in New York

Get down with your French self at the Bastille Day on 60th Street block party.

Choir Boy at City Center
July 11-12, 7:30 p.m., July 13 at 2:30 p.m.
Manhattan Theater Club has another potential hit on their hands with Choir Boy, a new Off Broadway musical that just opened to rave reviews. Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, this upbeat romp tells the story of prep school boys struggling with various coming-of-age issues (from homosexuality to uncertain futures) who find comfort and meaning by singing classic spirituals. City Center, 131 W. 55th St., 212-581-1212

Bastille Day on 60th Street Party
July 14, noon-5 p.m.
Bastille Day celebrations abound this weekend, but don't miss the official fête of the French Institute Alliance Française. For 15 years and counting this French block party of sorts has immersed three blocks of 60th St. in joe de vivre. Highlights this year include French Beaujolais wine tastings, a tasting feast of French food from Le Cirque, Brasserie Cognac, Dominique Ansel Bakery, François Payard Bakery, Épicerie Boulud, Financier Pâtisserie, and more, plus music and dance performances (can can, anyone?). There are also French workshops, prizes, and more family-friendly surprises. 60th St. between Fifth and Lexington Aves. 212-355-6100

Gangs of New York at W Downtown
July 14, 8 to 11 p.m.
St. Lucia, the musical alter ego of South African artist Jean-Philip Grobler, and Chrome Sparks (a.k.a. synth-loving Jeremy Malvin) are the dueling artists this Sunday evening in W New York's Gangs of New York summer music series. The series sees nine music labels battling it out, two per Sunday, to see whose artists have the hottest sounds. This week's shindig takes place at W Downtown. 123 Washington St., 646-826-8600



Shining Light, Italian Style in SoHo

Upscale lighting house Foscarini Spazio brightens up a landmark SoHo building.

July 11, 2013

An immersive plastic art installation called Algae is among the eye-catching centerpieces of a hot new lamp and lighting design shop in SoHo. As the only non-Italian retail outpost of Italian design brand Foscarini, Foscarini Spazio SoHo brings that bright and stylish Milanese spark to Manhattan—literally.

As such, the 3,500-square-foot shop aims to be a retail, art, culture, and design space intended to stimulate emotions and creativity. Case in point: Italian artist Stefanio Arienti's Algae installation, which is the first of many installations at the store, panels, and educational sessions planned for the venue. Made from plastic bags that have been cut and reshaped into plant-like and aquatic forms, the bright piece hangs from the shop's 17-foot ceilings and is an adventure in texture and form—much like Foscarini plays with materials and transformation.

Another highlight of Foscarini Spazio SoHo is its unique modular display system, designed by Ferruccio Laviani, which invites you to see each unique lamp individually, but also as part of a beautiful group. Similar to light itself, which is both a wave and particles, one might add. 17 Greene St., 212-257-4412

By Simona Rabinovitch


New Tasting Menu at Fatty 'Cue; 31 Days of Riesling

Plus: Danish pancake pops at Sugar and Plumm and more food and drink news.

July 10, 2013

Pig ear salad with sea urchin at Fatty Crab Williamsburg

On the new five-course tasting menu at Fatty 'Cue Williamsburg: pig ear salad with sea urchin, avocado, and tobiko

Five-Course Tasting Menu at Fatty 'Cue: Summertime favorites like watermelon, barbecue, and yes, pie are on the new five-course tasting menus at Fatty 'Cue West Village ($49) and Fatty 'Cue Williamsburg ($39). While both menus pack a barbecue plate and your choice of pie, other courses vary. We're partial to the newly re-opened Williamsburg outpost's menu, which includes a delightful (and light) pig ear salad with sea urchin and avocado smear and shisito peppers with yuzu yogurt. 50 Carmine St., 929-5050; 91 S. Sixth St., Williamsburg, 718-599-3090

Cronut Alternative at Sugar and Plumm: It’s all about Cronuts lately, but before you go getting in line, have you ever had ebelskivers? They're Danish pancake pops, and they can be found at the new Back Room at Sugar and Plumm. These delightful morsels come in sweet and savory flavors—apple caramel, berry jam, chocolate Nutella, spinach-mushroom, and more. 36 Cornelia St., 212-388-5757

Bastille Day Suckling Pig Dinners: The resurgence of French restaurants in New York means Bastille Day celebrations this year will be many and varied. Consider the Tour de France restaurants (Nice Matin, French Roast, and more), which will offer up a three-course, family-style whole roast suckling pig dinner amongst a number of seasonal dishes. Each establishment in the restaurant group will offer two dinners on July 14. Reservations must be made by July 10 by e-mailing rsvp@chefdriven.com.

31 Days of German Riesling: Mention Riesling and many people think of cloyingly sweet white wine. During the 31 Days of German Riesling wine tastings this month, the nuances of this famous varietal will show a much broader range. At restaurants and wine shops across the city, there will be various promotions and tastings as part of this nationwide program. Click here for a complete listing.



India Hicks Launches Jewelry

Fans of the décor and lifestyle designer's island aesthete will not be disappointed.

July 10, 2013

For designer India Hicks, island living is more than just a passion, it's also the name of her gorgeous new jewelry line. Inspired by travel, tropical life, adventure, and "a dash of rebellion" (much like the designer herself), the line is made up of three collections—Love Letters, Hicks on Hicks, and Island Life. 

A British former model who at age 12 was a bridesmaid in the royal wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Hicks remains 678th in line to the British throne. Currently she lives in The Bahamas with her partner, interior designer David Flint Wood, and their four children. She has always been a wanderer, and her father, David Hicks, was an influential interior designer as well. In fact, his famous geometrics pattern is another muse for Hicks' new jewelry designs. 

Island Living joins the other curated collections available on the India Hicks website, which include island wear, bedding and décor, gifts, toys, and other life souvenirs. Hicks also designs for Crabtree & Evelyn.



Sustainable Design Takes Manhattan

An eco-friendly loft in Chelsea proves urban living can be sustainable and toxin-free.

July 10, 2013

Eco-friendly living in the middle of Manhattan can sometimes seem like a challenge. But increasingly so, New Yorkers are opting to design homes for their families that are not only VDC- and fiberglass-free, but also incorporate intelligent technology, innovative construction, ecological materials, and an environmental approach to energy supply. And it's not as hard as we might think. A new, 3,600-square-foot Chelsea loft by contractor Design Development proves that even an urban abode can be a healthy indoor climate.


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