The Sherry-Netherland Hotel

April 12, 2008

The Sherry-Netherland hotel was built in 1927 at 781 Fifth Avenue, which intersects with E.59th street, also known as Central Park South. This hotel has always played second fiddle to The Plaza, its glamour seeking cousin across the street and is little known outside native New Yorkers. It is not advertised and is barely mentioned in travel publications. It 50 rooms are individually decorated and can be viewed before booking on the Sherry-Netherland website. The hotel, was granted a 4 and a half star rating by Tripadvisor, which shows that it is not in the same league as the CPS Plaza or Ritz-Carlton, but still is a high quality hotel in an amazing location. The lobby contains panels that were salvaged from the Vanderbilt Mansion that was razed to make room for the Bergdorf Goodman department store. The intimateness of the hotel allows for personalized service that could not be enjoyed in the Waldorf-Astoria or the New York Palace, as their size could not allow.


The Lobby inside the Sherry-Netherland Hotel


Another view of the Sherry-Netherland Lobby


The Harry Cipriani Restaurant is located in the Sherry-Netherland Hotel


Inside Harry Cipriani


The famed Sherry-Netherland Clock

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HarborEast in Baltimore Part Two

January 29, 2008

Page two of the HarborEast photography set


Courtyard Marriott hotel


Looking north down Exeter Street from Lancaster street


Cinghiale Restaurant (Northern Italian) on Exeter and Lancaster Streets in HarborEast


Spinnaker Bay building on Exeter and Lancaster streets


Another shot of the Spinnaker Bay building


Spinnaker Bay and 1000 Lancaster Street (on right); 1000 Lancaster Street, contains The Charleston restaurant


Spinnaker Bay and 1000 Lancaster Street buildings


The Eden apartment building on South Eden street bounded by Lancaster and Aliceanna streets


1000 Lancaster Street


The Charleston Restaurant on 1000 Lancaster Street


Looking west down Lancaster Street with 1000 Lancaster Street in the foreground with the Eden Apartments in the background


The Baltimore Civil War museum located in an old railroad station


Looking east on Fleet Street with the Baltimore Civil War museum and 800 Aliceanna street


800 Aliceanna Street


HarborEast in Baltimore Part One

January 29, 2008

The HarborEast development was a brainchild of H&S Properties and Streuver Bros. Eccles Rouse. It was designed to bring revitalization and gentrification to an area southeast of the Inner Harbor, one block across from Little Italy and a few blocks west of Fells Point.


The Marriott Waterfront Hotel on Aliceanna Street in HarborEast. The only accomodations at this point in HarborEast are either Marriotts (Waterfront (pictured), Courtyard) or Hiltons (Garden Inn, Homewood Suites). However, in a year or two, a Four Seasons condominium/hotel will be constructed bringing in luxury accomodations to the area.


A shot of the Marriott Waterfront hotel from Little Italy


A shot of the Marriott Waterfront Hotel with the Legg Mason/Four Seasons construction lot


720 Aliceanna Street building with the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in the background, 720 Aliceanna street contains above ground parking, and three restaurants: Fleming’s steakhouse, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion restaurant, and James Joyce bar


Fleming’s steakhouse located on the ground floor of 720 Aliceanna Street, it is connected to the Marriott Waterfront Hotel by an above ground walkway and also contains two other restaurants: Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion and James Joyce as well as parking


800 Aliceanna Street containing two hotels: Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites as well as many condominiums


800 Aliceanna Street building with a Haagen Daz on the ground floor as well as a Landmark Theatres movie theatre


The Oceanaire Restaurant located on the bottom floor of the Spinnaker Bay condominium building


The Marriott Waterfront entrance on the left side with 800 Aliceanna Street and Spinnaker Bay in the background


800 Aliceanna Street from Little Italy


Down Aliceanna street west


800 Aliceanna street on the left, and Courtyard Marriott/1000 Aliceanna street on the right


The Harborview Condominium Building and Ritz-Carlton Residences


The Ritz-Carlton Residences located across from HarborEast on the western side of the Inner Harbor


The Intercontinental HarborCourt Hotel, is the only 5-star hotel in Baltimore until the Four Seasons is built is located on the other side (west) of the Inner Harbor


Paris Restaurants: Angelina, Brasserie Lipp, Laduree

December 25, 2007

Angelina

Going to Paris and not going to Angelina would be like going to New York City and not getting a slice of pizza. Located in the arcades of the Rue de Rivoli opposite the Louvre, it has been serving hot chocolate and pastries for almost 100 years. Angelina with gilt, marble covered tables and the copious amounts of mirrors creates an atmosphere that is not stuffy at all. Even with the opulent interior, casual attire is fine but business casual often receives you better service. Angelina serves breakfast, lunch and light dinner and is a great respite from the crowds and pushing of the nearby Louvre. It is difficult to get a table from about 12pm on, but if you arrive early, a table is often available for the taking. The L’chocolat Africains (6.80 eur), a thick hot chocolate is the special here as well as an accompanying Mont Blanc (8.60 eur).


Pommes Frites (5 eur) (french fries) at Angelina


Pommes Frites (5 eur) and Tarte aux Pommes (5.10 eur)


L’Chocolat Africains (hot chocolate) with whipped cream (6.10 eur)

Angelina
226 Rue de Rivoli, 1st
Daily: 10:30am-5:30pm
Paris
Credit cards accepted

Brasserie Lipp

This brasserie, called by some the best in Paris, has had a big reputation. Ernest Hemingway was the first man to drink here, after its liberation in 1944, and the owner, before it was purchased, used to choose who would get a table and who wouldn’t. The restaurant has character, as the sign on the door says “no shorts” in English, which is definitely designated towards Americans. The specialty is the choucroute garnie, which is a mixture of ham, bacon and sausages over sauerkraut and potatoes.

Brasserie Lipp
151 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 6th
Paris
Daily: 12:15pm-12:45am
Credit Accepted

Laduree

Laduree, the Parisian café has three locations throughout Paris, two are antique and one is modern. I went to the modern one, which is located on the Champs-Elysees. It is located on the ground floor of a building that had scaffolding and hid most of the beautiful exterior. The restaurant’s color was mint-green and used dark wood and gilt, where green would not be appropriate. The specialties of the café were the pastries and without a doubt, were the best that I had in Paris. This café seems to be the most popular for tourists, especially those from Asian countries who have seemed to have built a following for Laduree.


French Toast in upper left background, Croissant and Tarte aux Pommes (apple turnover), iced tea (very bitter tasting), and omelette in upper right background.

Laduree
75 Avenue des Champs-Elysses, 8th
Daily: 7:30am-12:30am
Credit accepted