If all Junes are like this June, then I always want to be here in June! What a gift it has been for us – a second glorious week in the city.
Yes, we are dodging the seemingly murderous e-bike and scooter riders who routinely plow through red lights and terrify unsuspecting pedestrians, but walking the city still seems safer than riding the subway, which even some longtime New Yorkers are currently avoiding. There’s work to be done here, but it feels generally safer than the headlines would suggest, and there is (finally!) a joyful buzz to the city.
Five reasons I wouldn’t have wanted to miss it:
1) The light! Okay, maybe it’s not Paris, but there is something about the summer sky in NYC that I cannot resist.
2) The Met! You have until July 11 to see the Winslow Homer “Crosscurrents” exhibit, called “wondrous” by The New York Times and “a knockout” by The Washington Post. I call it positively sublime and not to be missed.
The exhibit and the narrative are organized around Homer’s iconic “Gulf Stream” painting (pictured above), although I was more drawn in by the 1895 “Northeaster”…
and especially “Fox Hunt”, Homer’s single largest format work:
There are seventy-seven paintings in all, so it bears seeing and seeing again. Almost too much to take in in one pass.
3) Also in the “almost too much to take in” category is the signature cheese soufflé at La Grenouille. The dining in general has been superb but this was a special meal in a very special setting. If you go between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. it only costs half a fortune instead of a full fortune. And that soufflé – well, there’s nothing like it anywhere else.
If only we could have smuggled out the peonies…
Arguably the prettiest restaurant in the city…
4) The ABT! June is ballet month and how lucky we were to attend a presentation of “Don Quixote”. So great to be back at Lincoln Center (albeit with masks and vaccination status checks). Such a special evening.
5) And, of course, The Park. Always and forever, in any season but so lush and lovely right now.
Where else can you happen upon something like this on your morning walk?
And then head over to the Boathouse for lunch…
We’ve had a magical time. And hopefully many more going forward…