Sunday, May 2, 2010

HIDDEN TREASURES IN THE BIG APPLE

A large-scale printed silk kerchief made during the Civil War from "SEEING STARS" Politics and Patriotism at Union League Club exhibit by Ameircan antique dealer:Jeff R. Bridgman

THE EMPIRE ROOM
















THE HERALD SQUARE HOTEL

Hidden Treasures in the Big Apple ©
By Polly Guerin

Historic hotels, a nostalgic Art Deco cocktail lounge, Greenwich Villages’ Lion’s Den and “Seeing Stars “at the Union League Club celebrate the hidden treasures on the side streets of Old New York. Here’s the scoop!!!

In the heart of midtown Manhattan the charming Herald Square Hotel , 19 W. 31st Street welcomes guests through its portals with “Winged Life” the winged cherubic mascot by sculptor Philip Martiny , which perches above the main entrance in gilded glory on the Boldbuilding where LIFE magazine was born and published. The iconic cherub, the symbol of LIFE throughout its entire existence reappears in the hotel’s refurbished front lobby. Built in 1894, the hotel still retains the charm of its original celebrity occupants including Charles Ames Mitchell creator and publisher of “LIFE” magazine and Charles Dana Gibson, the creator of The Gibson Girl and The Gibson Man. Framed “Life Magazine” covers throughout the hotel by celebrated artists of the day includes the iconic cherub on the cover, “What makes it go ‘round?” and the answer is Love! By artist William Balfour Ker in 1907. With all the amenities of modern day comfort the hotel’s slogan is “Spend a Night, Not a Fortune.” www.heraldsquarehotel.com. 212.279.4017.

THE EMPIRE ROOM, New York newest hospitality landmark, is a toast to another time with an Art Deco themed interior and plush barrel chairs and sofas, polished stainless steel in cozy conversational settings. The color and d├ęcor evoke the warm glow of the sophisticated cocktails themselves. Vintage selections include Martinique Daisy, Ramos Gin Fizz and today’s signature libation, The Empire Cocktail. The menu of accompaniments include Truffled Popcorn, Rib Eye Sliders, and the Cobb sandwich. Located on the lobby floor of the Empire State Building, there is a side entrance on 33rd Street. 212.643.5400. www.hospitalityholdings.com.
SEEING STARS: POLITICS & PATRIOTISM: Jeff R. Bridgman, the leading dealer of American Antiques presents “SEEING STARS,” American Flags, Political Textiles and Patriotic Folk art on view at the UNION LEAGUE CLUB OF NEW YORK, 38 East 37th St., a venerable building founded during the Civil War to aid in Lincoln’s quest to preserve the Union. On view from May 12-19 the exhibition features a very important portrait of George Washington, a very unusual, homemade Civil War flag, a large-scale printed kerchief featured Confederate President Jefferson Davis and eight of his staff members. info@jeffbridgman.com. The firm is located in Historic York County: 717.502.1281.
THE LION’S DEN, Chef John Delucie’s new digs on a leafy stretch of West Ninth Street in Greenwich Village, set in a landmark brownstone features a spacious dining room with double height ceilings and a skylight canopy. A comfy, cozy restaurant antique furniture and decorations complement the stone fireplace and round iron chandeliers. Eyes will focus on the art and numerous vintage photographs from the Daily News archives. If you’re a fan of the Waverly Inn, where DeLucie dished up the menu, then you ought to check the Lion’s Den out. 62 W. 9thSt. 212.353.8400.
Ta Ta darlings!!! I’m sashaying over to The Empire Room to toast to tradition and join the swells in the Art Deco cocktail lounge. Fan Mail to: pollytalk@verizon.net and Blogs: amazingartdecodivas, thefashionhistorian, awakenyoursleepingbeauty.

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