Tag Archives: New York City

West Elm Pop-Up Shop

I feel like I’ve already been shouting it from the rooftops, but I’m just going to go ahead and drop this into a blog post too:

I’m having a Pop-Up Shop this weekend (Sat & Sun, Sept 17 & 18, 12-4pm) inside the West Elm on Broadway and W. 61st St in NYC!!!

southwest-mood

West Elm is a national furniture and home decor store. They have a really cool initiative to promote local artists and makers through pop-up store-within-a-store events as well as carrying locally-made goods.

And what’s truly amazing is that they donate the space and don’t take a cut of any sales at the pop-up event. It’s really incredible!

As you can tell, I’m super excited (and somewhat nervous). Please come by and say hi! I’ll have some new, not-yet-on-the-website original paintings, as well as some reasonably priced prints.

Sat Sep 17, 12-4pm & Sun Sep 18, 12-4pm

West Elm: 1870 Broadway (at 61st St.), 2nd Floor

Art Show & SALE 8/18/16

I’ll be showing small and medium-sized acrylic paintings at the M1-5 Lounge in Tribeca this Thursday evening, August 18, 2016.  Annnnndddd some of the paintings will be on SALE from prices listed on the website AT THIS EVENT ONLY.

Relaxing in Blue compressed

This show, like the last one, will be hosted by Conception Events, however this time, instead of purchasing tickets, I’m giving away free tickets to the first 15 people who let me know they’re coming.

I currently have THREE tickets left! So please let me know ASAP (if you haven’t already), if you’d like one. (You can also purchase them here.)

Please note the NEW time: 5-10PM

Address: 52 Walker Street (M1-5 Lounge)….food and drink available for purchase

Hope to see you there, and as always, thank you for your support!

xo

Hannah

Turnstyle The Pizza cheese pizza

NYC Pizza Review: Turnstyle

Recently, a new underground shopping mall and food court has opened in the Columbus Circle subway stop. It’s brightly lit, well decorated and has some excellent options for coffee and dining, including Starbucks, FIKA, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Doughnuttery, Pressed Juicery, Casa Toscana and many more.

There are cute handmade jewelry stands down the center aisle, and all manner of shops from a wine store to a shop that has a mishmash of random novelty gifts and home goods (like a giant gummy bear piggy bank).

Inevitably there is a pizza place down there. And it is just called: Turnstyle The Pizza, as in, there is only one pizza place down here, and this is it.

So of course we were going to get pizza from there. It was only a matter of time being that it’s literally on our commute home from work.

One night, Mark stopped and picked up a large cheese pizza for dinner.

Looking good so far in its extra large New York pizza way:

Turnstyle The Pizza cheese pizza
Turnstyle The Pizza cheese pizza

But then I went to pick up a slice:

cheese pizza from Turnstyle The Pizza
bye bye cheese

Ehhhhhh I can maybe even forgive a cheese slide, but I was overall disheartened at the way the cheese was kind of lumpy and crumbly and the sauce was particularly sweet and oversauced and the crust was particularly dry.

I mean, I ate it, duh. And maybe if you were really craving pizza, grabbing a slice down in the subway makes sense. But generally we can do better. That Italian Casa Toscana looks interesting to me, and they have gelato, so that might be the next place to try down in Turnstyle.

Has anyone else tried any of the other food down there?

margherita pizza

NYC Pizza Review: Masseria Dei Vini

Mark and I had a fun Memorial Day Weekend with friends from our building (and from life, since I’ve known her since we were five): eating pizza, seeing a Broadway musical and getting midnight gelato.

We had dinner at an unsuspecting Italian restaurant on 9th Avenue: Masseria Dei Vini. You would never know from a street full of hole-in-the-wall quick-bite eateries that a large, bright, white-washed upscale Italian restaurant lies behind huge glass windows.

Complete with white tablecloths, mannered waitstaff and a restaurant-length (and height) wall of temperature-controlled, beautifully lit wine bottles, Masseria Dei Vini felt luxurious in an off-beat part of town. Like we had been transported away from anything grungy….maybe to the suburbs even?

 

Mark and I split a pasta as a our appetizer (even split it was a lot of food), and then I had the Margherita pizza as my main, of course.

magherita pizza
margherita pizza

The pizza was excellent and actually fairly large. I ate the whole thing. But I probably could’ve taken half home and still been full!

The crust was a puffy and charred. There was a perfect ratio of sauce to cheese (not too much sauce) and lots of basil leaves. I ate it with a knife and fork, but you definitely could’ve eaten it with hands too, which is to say, it wasn’t too soggy in the middle.

I would definitely return, although next time I would probably split the pizza, or force myself to stop eating and take the rest home!

Affordable Art Fair brochure

NYC Affordable Art Fair

A few weeks ago, I attended New York’s Affordable Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in what I guess is Chelsea on W. 18th St. (I haven’t yet nailed down the boundaries of all the various NYC neighborhoods.)

I trucked down there, paid my $20 admission fee, and spent a few hours wandering around the galleries showcased within. While there were many art pieces that I loved, I can’t really say that the curators’ idea of “affordable” art and mine were in line.

They tout the exhibit as having art from $100-$10,000, with half priced at $5,000 or less. This may have all been true, but I don’t really think of $4,999 as affordable. Less expensive, maybe. But not affordable. Maybe the better question is, affordable to whom? I only counted a handful of artworks under $500.

But oh well. The affordability of the works didn’t deter me from swooning over some beautifully large animal portraits or giant abstract flowers in oil and acrylic.

Affordable Art Fair brochure
Affordable Art Fair brochure

What also caught my eye was that one of the booths exhibited works from the Art Students League that is a collective-like school just around the corner from us on W. 57th. I have been eyeing to join ever since my mom told me about it, but I haven’t done so yet because of the time commitment to become a member. You pay to be a full-time or part-time member, going to classes 2-5 days a week. And it’s open to anyone of any level which is very cool.

I would go to the Affordable Art Fair again next year, better prepared for what to expect. Maybe one day I’ll be able to go as part of an exhibit, rather than as a shopper!

Killer Bee pizza from B Side

NYC Pizza Review: B Side

I pass by B Side in Hell’s Kitchen at least once a week on my way to yoga. I knew it was a pizza place but the name didn’t inspire anything in me, so it wasn’t truly on my radar until a friend’s Italian boyfriend said it was one of his favorite pizza places in the neighborhood. Well now…

B Side is owned by a Hell’s Kitchen restaurant group that includes Vynl (the name B Side making more sense, as it is tucked around the corner from Vynl which is on 9th Ave and serves comfort food), El Centro (Mexican), Hell’s Kitchen (modern Mexican) and B Squared (another outpost of B Side farther down 9th Ave).

Mark and I went for dinner one evening and sat at the bar. I love the neighborhood feel of this place. It’s tiny, with mostly high top tables and a wrap around bar that provides a lot of seating. The front garage windows were thrown open this evening, and there is more bar seating along with window ledge. The decor is sleek wood with bright modern light fixtures shaped like star bursts along the wall.

We split the Marge (traditional cheese pizza) and the Killer Bee with sopressata, honey and chili oil.

Killer Bee pizza from B Side
Killer Bee pizza

Both pizzas were great! Chewy bubbly crust and not too soggy in the middle like some Neapolitan pizzas can be (I know, I know, they’re supposed to be like that).

I think my preference was for the Marge, just because the Killer Bee had a lot going on with it, and I didn’t love the sweet honey on this one as much as on other honey pizzas I’ve tried.

Also, the wine list is short and to the point, but includes some solid glasses. I had a light dry rose that was perfect for the early spring evening and the fresh hot pizza.

And they do carry-out. All wins!

Roman style pizza "al metro" - by the meter

NYC Pizza Review: Merilu in Hell’s Kitchen

As we make our way around the New York City neighborhood pizza joints, the next stop is Merilu Pizza Al Metro on 9th Ave in Hell’s Kitchen.

Merilu specializes in “Roman” style pizza (along with a classic New York thin crust), which has a crispy crust and is more often baked in long rectangles. Another discerning feature sometimes found in the Roman pizza, as in Merilu, is the “Al Metro” which basically means that you are purchasing it “by the meter.” So while the pizza I had delivered was some sort of regulation size, if I were in the restaurant, they would cut off a slab of pizza based on how many meters I wanted to eat. Or something like that….

Anyway, I tried the traditional “cheese” version of the Roman pizza, and Mark got a regular thin crust with jalapeños on top.

The traditional New York style pizza was 100% my preference between these two. My Roman style pizza was heavily sauced with kind of sweetish sauce for the lesser amount of cheese present. Now obviously I’m no expert on this style of pizza, so that could be totally typical and the ideal set up for this za. But it wasn’t really to my taste.

So there you have it: not for me, but doesn’t mean it’s not for someone else. And on to the next.

bright and metallic watercolors in Multiples of 30: 9

Multiples of 30

Her smile is genuine and warm. Her eyes sparkle with ideas. Her energy is friendly, soft, welcoming. And her watercolors are pure. Abstract but strongly reminiscent of nature’s colors, textures and movement. The babbling blue-green of backyard streams.  The colorful rustle of petals across spring flower beds. You lose yourself in the sweeping loops of pale oranges, almost smelling the sweet fragrance of peonies in bloom.

Multiples of 30: 6 watercolors
Multiples of 30: 6 watercolor

Jaadin Adele is a Brooklyn-based watercolor and ink artist, friend, and fellow New York Rising Tide Society member. In celebration of her upcoming 30th birthday, she’s throwing herself, not a party, but an art show!

wooden framed watercolors
wooden framed watercolors

For her “Multiples of 30” themed art show, Jaadin has painted 30 new watercolor triptychs specifically for her 30th birthday.

Jaadin Adele watercolor
Jaadin Adele watercolor

Her approachable and unique style evokes the beauty of nature in its lushness, light and bright colors. All the pieces clearly make her heart sing.

And for Jaadin, art is a family business. Her toddler, Charlotte, helped swirl the colors in #5 (below), and her husband, Jeff, handcrafts the perfect wooden frames for her work.

Multiples of 30: 5
Multiples of 30: 5

If you’re in NYC, head over to her show on Thursday April 14th at Rabbithole Projects in DUMBO (Brooklyn). Tickets are free but need to be reserved in advance here.

With advance ticket receive 30% off, AND to be frank, the work is already a steal at $30-$180!

Multiples of 30: 14 by Jaadin Adele
Multiples of 30: 14 by Jaadin Adele

She’ll be posting a painting a day on her Instagram (@jaadinadele) and Facebook so follow along in the lead up to the show. And a pre-sale shop will be coming soon to her website: http://www.jaadinadelestudio.com

When: Thursday, April 14th @ 7:13pm

Where: Rabbithole (33 Washington Street, Brooklyn…..walk down the stairs from the street)

bright and metallic watercolors in Multiples of 30: 9
My personal favorite: bright and metallic watercolors in Multiples of 30: 9
thin crust slice of cheese pizza from Sacco

NYC Pizza Roll…Just In Time

Eater put out it’s third list of the City’s best pizza parlors, just in time for me to repost it!

(Side note: Eater.com was my former employer in Detroit.)

Love the description of pizza being “carpeted” with cheese. Adding it to the lexicon 🙂

Lots to try, although not a ton here listed in Manhattan so may take me a while to get around. I’ll keep you posted as I do though.

Enjoy the list in the meantime ~ how many of these have you been to?

pizza margherita

NYC Pizza Review: Lil’ Frankie’s

With the advent of iPhone restaurant ordering apps, it doesn’t matter anymore if a particular restaurant delivers or delivers to your area because you can just place your order through this third party and they’ll pick up your food from pretty much any restaurant and delivery it to your door.

Now the problem arise when you choose to order from a pizzeria on the opposite side of New York City during rush hour on a weeknight. Not only does it take forever for your delicious pizza to arrive, but inevitably your pizza is cold.

Not to say that it’s not worth doing this, because obviously if the pizza is amazing, then it is. And the situation can easily be rectified by planning ahead so that you’re not ordering at 7pm, getting your cold pizza at 8:30pm, and by factoring in some oven-lovin’ time for the ‘za prior to consumption.

So last week, we downloaded one of these ordering apps and conjured up some classic Neopolitan [sic] wood-fired pizzas from Lil’ Frankie’s in the East Village.

I, of course, ordered my standard go-to pizza margherita and I got Mark a pizza salame piccante.

Even though they arrived cold, after some reheating, they were both thoroughly demolished. Obvi.

As you know, I really enjoy wood-fired pizza, and this was no exception with the chewy outer crust that you really have to rip hard with your jaw, super thin middle and perfectly portioned dollops of mozzarella and sprigs of basil. I also was pleasantly surprised by the very European touch of a black olive placed in the center of the pie.

I was, however, slightly confused by the image on the box….

Lil' Frankie's pizza box
Lil’ Frankie’s pizza box…What exactly is happening in this picture and should we all be baking pizza in the nude?

We will return. Perhaps in person.