Day 24 (02/02/13) Living in NYC

Saturday, February 2, 2013.
Temp 26F to 30F with light snow at night.

Starting my day with no water in the building.  I decided to explore the upper East side today.  I went to Rize Coffee for my Saturday latte as usual.  Then, I went to Grand Central to visit a special exhibition by the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store called Grand by Design.  Yesterday was the 100 years anniversary of Grand Central.  I attended their free tour at 11:30 AM.  The tour was informative and it explained the history of the building.  I bought this magnet from the store.  I was hoping to get a magnet to commemorate the centennial but they didn’t have one.

They decorated the building with the number 100 on the window.

Centennial at Grand Central

















Part of the exhibition, Grand by Design, at the Grand Central.  The slides show significant years throughout history.

Grand by Design at Grand Central























After the exhibition, I took the #6 train to E 86th Street.  I walked around the area looking for a place for lunch.  I found a new Mexican restaurant with a grand opening sign, El Aguila, and “100% Mexican,” so I tried.  I had a carnitas burrito.  It was good but very greasy.  While I was eating, there was a guy coming in and selling DVDs of new movies for $5 each or two movies for $9 (from overhearing the conversation at the next table).  Two guys next to my table bought two movies.  It was very interesting.  Then, I went to the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum since this weekend was a free museum weekend for Bank of America customers.  The spiral ramp was closed at the Guggenheim Museum because they were installing a new exhibition.  Whitney Museum showcases American artists and offers free tours.  I was my first time there.

Guggenheim Museum


















Whitney Museum























I wanted to explore the upper east side a bit more and I found Lady M Cake Boutique on E 78th Street.  The store was full so I bought a piece of their original Mille Crepe cake to take home.  I was on the fence between that and the green tea cake.  They both got great reviews on Yelp and Foursquare.  The original cake was very good.  I cannot wait to go back there to try their green tea cake.  Here is a picture of the cake.  It is made of many thin layers of crepe and cream.  So yummy.

Original Mille Crepe Cake at Lady M Cake Boutique























I ended my day with a quick trip to Harold Square.  I wanted to stop by H&M store to see the new collections and because I got a 30% off coupon for this weekend.  I did good and did not buying anything.

For dinner, I had kung pao chicken, a glass of hefe-weissbier, and a piece of delicious original Mille Crepe cake.