What is there to say about this museum that has not already been said? The Museum of Modern Art is one of the premier destinations for art-lovers from around the world. There are masterpieces on display from the likes of Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh, Mark Rothko, Pablo Picasso and an incredible host of others - it is a must-see, plain and simple. I am particularly drawn to the sculpture garden designed by Philip Johnson, the museum's first curator of Architecture and Design. It is a beautiful space in its own right, containing imposing Modernist sculptures, entrancing water features, and even a small cafe where exhausted museum-goers can relax.
The delectable assortment of French pastries was only the beginning of the excitement for me when I first visited Eclair Bakery. Getting to observe and speak with owner Stephane Pourrez, as he was preparing pastries, macarons, croissants and, of course, a variety of eclairs made the experience very special. An alumnus of Ferrandi, the French School of Culinary Arts in Paris, Pourrez worked in New York for a year as a pastry chef before he fulfilled his "childhood dream" of opening his own bakery. No matter what time I chose to pop in, I always found others sipping on their cafe au lait, and mingling with fellow French natives.
Lyn Trotman describes Quest as “a peaceful sanctuary in the heart of midtown.” President of the New York Theosophical Society, which studies the wisdom behind various world religions, Lyn also operates the Society’s book shop, Quest. The store is a pleasantly-scented oasis, with a section devoted to incense, candles, and gemstones. People interested in esoteric studies and rituals can browse through books on every conceivable spiritual tradition, from Kabbalah, to Sufism, to Buddhism, and all things in between. “A lot of other metaphysical bookstores are gone. We are the oldest one left.”