Winter’s chill couldn’t keep me from trekking to New Windsor, NY to experience the Storm King Art Center. This outdoor museum, situated in the Hudson Valley, showcases works from artists such as Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and Nam June Paik. The museum sits on 500 acres of rolling hills and has unobstructed views of Moodna Creek. Unfortunately, Storm King Art Center is closed until the spring, but make sure to add it your must-do list and awe at installations like Menashe Kadishman’s massive Suspended, pictured above.
OMG, PRramblings is turning into a theatre blog! Well, only until I have more activities to share. In my last post, I lamented that the entertainment industry has run out of original ideas. Big Fish proves that point. The big screen version, an adaption of the 1998 novel, was one of my favorite movies in 2003. Unfortunately, the Broadway interpretation, currently playing at the Neil Simon Theatre, fell flat. What I did enjoy was the elaborate set design and the subplot about a mermaid. Other than that, fish elsewhere.
I’m convinced the entertainment industry has run out of original ideas: a reboot of Murder She Wrote is in development; Miley Cyrus has re-branded herself as the Caucasian Rihanna; and furthermore, the theatre community has re-imagined Romeo and Juliet as an adult interracial love story. I recently saw the David Leveaux directed retelling of Romeo and Juliet, starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. I walked away with one impression: “ A 36-year-old should never be cast to play a teenaged lothario. It’s just not believable.”
Ellis Island: My ancestors came to this country through a different route but I can still appreciate the history.
The town of Greenport had repeatedly come up in conversation among friends, and myself so I decided that I would spend my birthday getting to know the area. For my two-night stay I choose The Sunset Motel, a quaint little abode with a private beach. The property is gorgeous: lounge chairs sprinkle the great lawn and the property has unobstructed views of the Long Island Sound.
My room, which was stationed on the first floor, had a screened in porch that overlooked the great lawn. Excuse my candor: My room wouldn’t be considered for a pictorial in the Architectural Digest, however it was clean. The walls were a bit thin and I could hear a few activities I would have preferred not to hear. Other than those minor infractions, the room was sufficient for my short stay.
The major amenity at the Sunset Motel is its proximity to the beach. The property has its own private beach where I spent most of my time. When I wasn’t lounging, I was cruising around Greenport in a bike that the amazing staff assisted me with renting. Overall, the Sunset Motel is a great option for travelers seeking to be near Greenport and North Folk’s many wineries.
As a resident of NYC, I rarely stay in hotels in The City because, well, I live in Brooklyn. A recent late-night work event justified an overnight stay in Manhattan so I picked The London NYC. Just like its sister property, The London West Hollywood, The London NYC’s rooms are all suites. Upon entering my suite, I was immediately soothed by its soft colors and ample space. To create the suite, French doors divide the living room and bedroom. Flat screen TVs are in both rooms so you wont miss your favorite show. The bathroom: superb. Room service was prompt and delicious. My only qualm: the lack of a real closet. Besides that, The London NYC is a great hotel and I’d gladly trade in my Brooklyn apartment for residency in one of its suites.
I prefer to steer clear of large, high-trafficked hotels because they normally have no style. The Westin Seattle, situated in the downtown area of the northwest metropolis, is big, I mean really big. The hotel is made up of two large towers where hordes of travelers traipse in-between Starbucks and the Relish Burger Bistro located in the lobby. What the hotel lacks in style, it makes up with an affable staff and great views.
Upon arrival at the hotel, I was warmly greeted by the valet and directed to the lobby where a knowledgeable front desk attendant quickly checked me in. Because I’m a Starwood gold member, I was upgraded to large room on the 38th floor, which had a jaw-dropping view of the Pugent Sound. The room was so large I felt guilty being a single traveler. The bathroom wasn’t as spacious but it was clean. My only qualm was that the room was directly facing the slow moving elevator. Despite that minor infraction, my two-night stay was pleasant and I recommend the property as a good base near Seattle’s notable offerings.
It’s safe to say people don’t vacation in Bellevue, WA. My one-day trip, spawned by a “meeting,” was anchored at the Sheraton Bellevue. The aesthetic of the property won’t draw comparisons to a Frank Gehry masterpiece, but what it lacks in appearance, it makes up in customer service. Here’s proof: Scheduling a shuttle ride to the mall was effortless; obtaining a taxi for a weekend trip to Seattle was easy; a request for more syrup for my waffles while dining in the Sheraton Club Lounge was met with a smile and a speedy delivery (Yes, I can be high-maintenance). In addition, my room was comfortable, spacious and clean. What else is needed when visiting a nondescript suburb of Seattle?
As a 12-year veteran of the music industry, I’ve come across hundreds of ingénues striving for the type of success achieved by Beyoncé. There have been days when I cursed her for not being more experimental with her craft and image; and then there were days when I played “I Care” non-stop, singing along like a scorned lover. At times I’m conflicted about her artistry, but today, September 4, 2013, I acknowledge her birthday. Thanks Bey for the music and the tours (#MrsCarterShow): You’re one of kind.