18.12.09

Christmas in New York City - Art Galleries & Theatre

Christmas in New York City - Galleries & Theatre

This Christmas visit to New York I was fortunate to see the Musical, South Pacific at the Lincoln Center, and two Art Galleries; Georgia O'Keeffe at The Whitney Museum of Modern Art and Kandinsky at the Guggenheim Museum. I love theatre in New York.  There is something very special about getting dressed up and the excitement of the opening strains from the Orchestra.It was a toss up between the new play 'A Little Night Music', the latest revival of Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical with Angela Lansbury and  Catherine Zeta-Jones, or the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical 'South Pacific' at the Lincoln Center. I am happy to say that I saw South Pacific and it was as good as the concierge at my Hotel said it was. There was something soothing about hearing songs that I have grown up with and are so familiar. The theme song "Some Enchanted Evening," stayed with me for several days. Here is the YouTube version of 'Some Enchanted Evening' you can listen to.

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South Pacific at Lincoln Center 

The Guggenheim Museum had a wonderful exhibit of the work of the Russian artist, Vasily Kandinsky, who was a pioneer of Abstract Art and broke new ground in painting in the first decades of the twentieth century. The Guggenheim designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was opened in 1959 and, rightly so, is claimed to be one of his most famous masterpieces. The spiraling design of the interior makes this museum one of the best venue's I have ever been in to view an art exhibit. As you walk up the spiral ramps you can view the pieces of artwork as a whole. Magnificent!!!

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The view from the roof top of the Guggenheim across the reservoir & jogging trail of Central Park.

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I want this townhouse!

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These are two of my favourite pieces by Kandinsky from the exhibit. 
You can view the exhibit on line here.

After the exhibit we got directions to a local's favourite restaurant on E. 73rd Street where I had a most memorable lunch of Arugula salad topped with sliced roasted artichokes and topped off with large, (very large) paper fine slices of Parmigiano-Reggiano.  Yummm!!

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Via Quadronno on E. 73rd Street. (left)
A Beautiful piece of street sculpture outside the restaurant. (right)

The walk back to the Hotel was in typical New York style down streets lined with beautiful townhouses all decorated for the holiday season, past apartments with uniformed concierges, among the locals walking their dogs, across streets with bumper to bumper honking taxis, and a short jaunt through Central Park.

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Townhouses decorated for Christmas on E 73rd Street

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Fifth Avenue

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart.

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Ano y Felicidad.

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Ano y Felicidad.

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas

From the bottom of my heart.

Patricia Gray Inc is an award winning Interior Designer firm  in Vancouver, Canada who blogs about WHAT'S HOT  in the world of Interior Design.
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26 comments:

  1. Looks like a ton of fun! I love that everyone puts up the simple white lights at christmas time....make everything look magical.

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  2. Patricia,
    When I was visiting Michelle's blog and saw her NY images, I had no idea she was with you! How fabulous, as I told her...I would so love to be there ( and how much fun it would be to be with you guys!)
    Have fun, absorb it all and celebrate the season!
    Merry Christmas!
    Blessings....

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  3. I'm so glad I stopped by to wish you a Merry Christmas. My family and I are to leave for New York on the 28th and spend 7 days there celebrating the New Year. We have plans to see Sondheim's 'A Little Night Music' and I can't wait! I have just added your visited spots to our agenda - Thanks for the tips and I hope you get to spend the holidays with people you love.

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  4. Patricia, I have missed you and am so envious of this trip especially to the O'Keeffe and Kandinsky exhibits, the Guggenheim must be amazing! I have a holiday greeting up on my site with new art.

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  5. Sounds like you are having a great time you and Michelle. Enjoy and Merry Christmas.

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  6. Like Michelle, you have such awesome photos that make me want to jump on a plane right now! The sights, sounds, and smells sound amazing. (unfortunately...and fortunately, I have a date with my family in Winnipeg over the holidays). Glad you're having an amazing time, and a very Merry Christmas to you (and Nicole too!)

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  7. That guy at the G took a great picture of us!! I approve :) What a wonderful time Patricia...just wonderful.

    Best,
    Michelle

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  8. Feliz Navidad!

    Patricia - It is so cool to read your travel experiences. Love to see NY through your eyes.

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  9. i am sick sick sick with envy and jealousy and every other commandment that I can break!!!!

    jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    no fair you are with Michelle!!!!

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  10. Cara Patricia,

    Missed your blogs this autumn. Seems you are full of energy. Thanks for sharing your Christmas chronicle. Guggenheim, Kandinsky, Christmas "New Your Style". Stupendo! Buon Natale e Buone Feste, cara. Bacione, Ingrid in Umbria

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  11. Oh, I enjoyed that post, Merry Christmas to you too...love your singing a song at the end...

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  12. Hi Patricia,

    I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas as well, the best one.

    P.s. the restaurant on E 73rd is really a fav, small and such good food. We often talk about and always try to pay a visit while in NY.

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  13. Lanell20/12/09

    Thanks so much...Best Christmas Card I have ever received! Hope your coming year is the best ever too! Sincerely, Lanell

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  14. These New York lights are so magic! I love it!
    Merry Christmas!

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  15. Ronald21/12/09

    Hi Patricia, Good morning. Looks like you had a nice time in New York...
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year !!!
    Best Regards,
    Ronald

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  16. ok....i am dying.
    you are having the most perfect Christmas.

    ...i would give anything to be there at Christmas...
    enjoy !!!

    xx merry Christmas
    great pics btw

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  17. Anonymous22/12/09

    Nothing like New York to inspire, Have a wonderful holiday. About the town house, Could I come and visit too? I could imagine how beautiful it would be made inside. Please continue sending us your wonderful posts. Would like to see more of interiors done for art collections.

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  18. Hi Patricia,
    Posting from Santa Fe, NM. I just discovered your blog and enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing the You Tube of Some Enchanted Evening.

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  19. Patricia-

    Wishing you a Happy Holiday!

    xoxo-

    Michelle

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  20. I have loved and savored every photo from New York! Thank you so much!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    xo xo

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  21. I really loved the photo's of New York City.They are very beautiful seems to be in the magical world.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    the marcel at gramercy hotel

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  22. all my favorite NYC digs!

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  23. Anonymous28/12/09

    Hi Patricia;
    The picture of you in the art gallery looked like your Mom and I wanted to reach out and hug you/her.
    Thanks Auntie Anne

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  24. Saw the Kandinsky exhibition here in London 2 years ago amazing ,Princess America used his work in her 1st year at Fashion college ,his designs work so well on welly boots and umbrellas.

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  25. l just love New York at Christmas, l live in the UK and every christmas me and my wife spend four days in the big apple, amazing city. x

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