Saturday, April 21, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Delmonico’s, located in the Financial District, opened in 1837 and is considered the oldest fine dining restaurant in the United States

 During the 1800s women were not allowed to dine in restaurants without men present. On April 20, 1868 a group of women decided to protest this archaic law and held a luncheon at Delmonico’s. The restaurant not only did not turn the women away but gave them a private dining room and served a special prix-fixe menu of $1 per diner.  In honor of the 150th anniversary of that landmark meal, Delmonico’s is hosting a “Ladies’ Luncheon”, featuring a special menu created by James Beard-winning chef, Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune.

Photo from 2010 appears in our book “New York Nights” along with more text about this historic restaurant @delmonicosnyc which also is known as the birthplace of Lobster Newburg, Eggs Benedict and the dessert Baked Alaska.



Monday, April 16, 2018

We are delighted to announce that C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries is a generous supporter of our Capturing the Faces & Voices of Manhattan’s Neighborhood Storefronts, a photography and oral history workshop

We are delighted to announce that C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries is a generous supporter of our Capturing the Faces & Voices of Manhattan’s Neighborhood Storefronts, a photography and oral history workshop we are leading in partnership with the Neighborhood Preservation Center. The free workshops, which are fully booked, begin tonight, Monday April 16th.

C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries was established in 1838. It is the oldest apothecary in America and specializes in such extreme customer service that most of its medicines, whether over-the-counter or prescription, are behind the counter to retain the intimate connection with the customer. Since 1939, three generations of Ginsberg’s have owned and operated the shop, passing down from father to son to grandson, Ian Ginsberg.

Photo and interview with Ian Ginsberg from 2010 appears in our book "New York Nights".


In the Spring in NYC, we love sitting outside with our #rescuedog @hudsonpittienyc and watching people walk by on Bleecker Street.

Overthrow Boxing on Bleecker near the Bowery is a #boxing workout gym located in the space that was once home to the Yippies, a social activism organization that arose out of the anti-war movements of the 1960s. Joey Goodwin, the founder of @overthrownewyork kept the workout studio space real with duct-taped wrapped punching bags and metal lockers and even decorated an entire wall with copies of the revolutionary "Overthrow Magazine" which used to be printed there and where he got the name for the gym. We love its #neon #signage and all of the #streetart and #graffiti surrounding the #storefront in addition to the bench they have outside for people watching.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Bamonte's Restaurant, Brooklyn, NYC

Bamonte’s is one of the first Italian restaurants in the United States and is also one of Brooklyn’s oldest restaurants. It was established in 1900 and is located on a side street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tonight, we dined there with our good friend @sign_of_the_time and met the fourth-generation owner, Nicole Bamonte. The Italian 🇮🇹 restaurant has changed little over the years, with an interior of dark wood paneling, brass chandeliers, white table-cloth covered tables and an open-windowed kitchen where you can see the chefs at work, that has existed before the idea became trendy. We absolutely loved our meal and had an assortment of classic red sauce favorites 🍝spaghetti with marinara, eggplant 🍆 rollatini, and chicken parmigiana and also baked clams oregano as an appetizer. This photo was taken a few years ago but the exterior with its oversize #signage remains unchanged too.