Yesterday my mom came into the city and we spent the day celebrating my grandmother's and her upcoming birthday on Saturday. It was one of the best days in New York that I've ever had! First of all the weather was a perfect high 50s low 60s all day long. With a cornflower blue sky it was a truly perfect autumn New York day.
Let's relive it together, shall we? I met my mom at the port authority and our plan was to head to Barneys to gawk at all of the designer clothes. But first we made a detour at the New York Public Library, which my mom had never visited before! Our first stop: the original Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals from the 1920's owned by the real Christopher Robin! Isn't Piglet the best?
Thee were two exhibits on display, one about the history of lunch in New York City which included an old auto-mat My mom said that she remembered whenever they would come into New York when she was a girl, that her father would insist that they get food from the auto-mat because he remembered it from his days in college at Columbia. Just looking at it in the library, she said she could smell it. There was also an exhibition on Charles Dickens's characters. Unfortunately no photos were allowed in that one, because if their were I would be able to show you his letter opener on display with his cat's paw on the end of it!!! It was so crazy and so old! The relation to a Dicken's character, you might be thinking? The cat with the preserved paw was named "Bob" after dear old Bob Cratchett. And it is on display at the New York Public Library right now!
After checking out the Rose Main Reading Room and lions out front, we decided to walk up Madison to Barney's. On our way however, we realized we were passing the back of St. Paticks Cathedral, and decided to duck inside. It wasn't on our list of things to do, but something about it was calling both of us in and made us feel really connected to my grandmother.
After a jaw dropping perusal of Barneys (we noticed that no one had shopping bags. Does anyone ever actually buy anything there?) we made it over to the plaza for our afternoon tea. It was so beautiful, elegant, lovely and delicious. I highly recommend trying it out at least once in your life! We both though Mama would have loved it.
After our leisurely afternoon tea, we decided to pop into Bergdorff Goodmans for more gawking (and decided we liked it better than Barneys!) then strolled up the park to 76th street where we ended the day sipping Manhattans at Bemelmans bar listening to live piano music and munching on their superior complimentary bar snacks! And on our way out we spotted the always fabulous Iris Apfel! The perfect end to the perfect day. If anyone is looking for a great day in New York city, follow this itinerary and I promise you won't be disappointed!
PS- Check out my New York Pinterest board for more pics from our day!