A day in New York with Pauline Lévêque
Our guest artist Pauline writes about NYC
I love taking my kids to school in the morning and admire the gorgeous blue sky above us.
All year long, New York shines and becomes a constant source of inspiration for my drawings. A little street, an insanely high skyscraper, hundreds of water tanks flying on the roofs, a busy park, a child rushing on his scooter, a dogwalker…
New York is a paradox. An awfully noisy city but peaceful, dirty but beautiful, built but never suffocating.
Once I dropped my kids, I love going for breakfast at Buvette – they have the best pastries, on Grove st, a super charming little street in West Village. At the corner of Barrow, you’ll see tourists all day long who come to see the building from the tv show “Friends”. Not far from there, you can stop at Three Lives & Company, a beautiful and cute bookstore. On the other side of the street is Van Leeuwen ice cream, some very healthy and organic ice creams. And if you prefer a quick coffee, then you can stop at Jack’s stir Brew coffee, right next door or Joe coffee - they also have delicious homemade donuts.
For lunch, I love the terrace of Sant Ambroeus, corner of Perry street and W4th, but also l’Artusi on W10th st, or Tartine, on w11th and W4th.
Soho is a very attractive neighborhood; stop in the gorgeous garden of Laduree for a cup of tea and enjoy some macarons, the best ones in the world. Not far from there you have Nolita with so many small exciting clothes stores (in all the streets between Lafayette and Bowery, East Houston and Kenmare st). Definitely worth a trip.
I love walking along the High line and shopping in the Meatpacking district. The new Whitney museum of American Art is there, you have some gorgeous Hudson river views from the inside. I would also go closer to the river on West st and go to Little Island, a pretty recent fun park at the end of W13th. From there, I go north to the galleries in Chelsea and stop to say hi to my friend Philippe Labaune on W24th and his amazing gallery.
But the best way to discover New York is to get lost.
Just enjoy walking around for miles, admiring the perspectives of the streets, stopping by the craziness of Times Square, enjoying the beauty of Central park, ending up in Harlem with the amazing murals in El Bario.