1. Public Art. There’s no better place to see public art than in New York City. But see as much of it as you can, because many of the public sculptures are changed-out regularly. Below are some of my favorites from this summer (clockwise from upper left: Jaume Plensa’s Echo in Madison Square Park, Egyptian Temple of Dendur permanently installed at the Metropolitan Museum, various sculptures by Sol Lewitt in City Hall Park, Robert Pruitt’s Andy Monument near Union Square).
2. Window Displays at Bergdorf Goodman. I thought the old days of glamorous hand-made window displays were over… until I passed Bergdorf Goodman on 5th avenue.
3. Chickpea and the La Maison du Macaron are two of the best places to get a quick snack. Chickpea, with several locations throughout the city, is known for baking instead of frying it’s falafel- a delicious and healthy alternative. But save room for Desset at La Maison du Macaron (where I learned that Macarons are not Macaroons). You can get these delicious Frrench treats made with egg whites, sugar and almond powder in almost any flavor imaginable. My favorite is the Rose variety, beautifully decorated with flecks of gold leaf.