Bon Weekend: 8 May 2021
Tulip season is over in New York and the city is now lush and green. Traffic is back too which is a sure sign the city is back to normal. It’s going to be a bit chilly and rainy here this weekend which makes it perfect for watching a new show or movie if you’re not celebrating Mother’s Day.
I was lucky to be invited to attend the Frieze Art Fair yesterday by La Prairie. It was the first big event in the city that most people have attended and it was very exciting. It was the first time it’s been held at The Shed next to Hudson Yards which gave it an even fresher feeling after a year without art fairs.Unfortunately, tickets are already sold out but I posted a full tour in my Instagram Stories and saved it in my Highlights under Frieze.
The star of the Frieze Art Fair was artist Ridley Howard and his romantic, nostalgic, and dreaming paintings at the Marinaro Gallery. They were almost all sold out which was great for him but bad for me. I feel like he’s going to be a big deal in the art world soon so remember his name.
Maman is opening on the Upper East Side soon but until they are officially open, they are having a pop up this weekend in honor of Mother’s Day. They’ll have specialty drinks, limited edition sweets, and even cookie bouquets. They are located at 1424 Third Avenue and will be open 10:00am to 5:00om Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th.
I watched Things Seen and Heard this week on Netflix. I was working on a blog post while I was watching so I didn’t realize that it was set in 1980 at first. I just thought everyone had great taste in old cars which is what I would buy is I was a New Yorker who moved upstate to a collegetown. I also didn’t realize it was based on a book All Things Cease to Appear. It was pretty scary in parts but I enjoyed it although I thought some of the special effects could have been left out. It reminded me a lot of What Lies Beneath to be honest but it’s definitely worth watching.
I’ve been watching Mare of Easttown on HBO Max and The Mosquito Coast on AppleTV and not been loving either of them. It’s pretty clear that they were written and filmed before the pandemic. After the most depressing year, I’m looking forward to more entertaining and aspirational television shows and films. I’m also tired of having to pay for so many streaming services to watch new shows when I already pay an arm and a leg for cable.
Although it feels like a reminder of quarantine, I am looking forward to finally watching The Woman in the Window which is also based on a book by the same name on Friday, May 14th. It stars Amy Adams as a psychologist and agoraphobic confined to her townhouse, who becomes obsessed with her new neighbors and solving a brutal crime she witnesses from her window. It also stars Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, and Jennifer Jason Leigh but apparently there were issues with test audiences not being able to follow the plot so some parts had to be refilmed. I think that says more about the audience and not the film but time will tell.
I’m most excited to watch the Halson limited series starring Ewan McGregor on Friday, May 14th as well. The series from Ryan Murphy follows the life of fashion designer Halston as he skyrockets to fame and his life starts to spin out of control. It’s based on the book Simply Halston by Steven Gaines and should be a wild ride.
Another sure sign that things are back to normal is the reopening of Bemelman’s at The Caryle Hotel on May 11th. It’s a favorite of everyone on the Upper East Side and even those downtown who will travel for great drinks in a chic room with live music. I have a reservation for next week and can’t wait to raise a glass of champagne to this wonderful institution. Reservations are required but there will be some seats available for walk ins.
I can’t remember where I saw this book on Instagram but Immersion: Living and Learning in an Olmstead Garden sounds like the perfect book for garden and history lovers alike. When author “Nola Anderson and her husband purchased The Chimneys in 1991, the estate’s Olmsted gardens had been neglected for more than 40 years and she had never gardened a day in her life. The restoration and renewal of these historic seaside gardens became Anderson’s three-decade, hands-on personal passion.” The house was just sold last fall so the book is a lovely record to have of the gardens.