Joan plays hooky in NYC!!

After that exhausting (and COLD) buying trip to Atlanta, the boss (me) gave me a day off!

I invited my friend, Rosey, to spend the day with me  in NYC.   No shopping for Hammertown  involved!

Our first stop was  a wonderful exhibit at the Poetry Society of AmericaPortraits of Poets (on exhibit through January 15th, at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South).  It was curated by Rosey’s friend, Alice Quinn, PSA Executive Director, and formerly the Poetry Editor for The New Yorker for over 20 years.   The exhibit, which features oils, drawings, lithographs, collages and photographs, was a delight.   These portraits reflect the creativity and intensity of the artists…from childhood to adulthood.  Photographs of Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and Alice Walker…to name a few.  Click photos below to enlarge.

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You can read more about this exhibit by clicking here.

lunch-at-Le-Pain-QuotidienThen we headed to Le Pain Quotidien, 38 E. 19th Street (right next to ABC Carpet which I didn’t go into).  The restaurant had family tables, fresh bread and soup and salad…you can’t ask more from a fresh, humble lunch.

jerseyboysEven though it was cold, it was a beautiful day, so we walked up to 52nd Street to the August Wilson Theatre to meet our friend Grace, and see Jersey Boys. Long time customers, Michael David and Lauren Mitchell, are the show’s producers.  We were able to get great seats (7th row center!), so for this Jersey girl who came of age with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, it was a trip down memory lane.  Whether or not you are a product of the sixties, you can’t help but have fun.  Great music, dancing, and a reminiscent “book” that takes you back to the way things used to be, on so many different levels.

Rosey, Grace & I ended the day with Greek Tapas at Nick’s on 52St and Broadway.  Good wine, delicious tapas and very reasonable…try it!

Rosey, Me & Grace at Nick's

Here are a couple more pictures.  I stopped in at Fishs Eddy…just had to because I love their store.  And, on my next visit to the city, I’m going to make time for ice skating at Bryant Park! [click to enlarge]

joan-visits-fishs-eddyskating-at-Bryant-Park

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