Black-eyed beans with vegetables (bok choy, onions, tomatoes) makes for a light, palate-cleansing broth. Mango salsa! On steamy summer nights this is what I crave- freshly diced mango, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and peppers seasoned with a sprinkling of cilantro and chili. Lemon juice may be added. Simple raw broccoli salad with purple cabbage, carrots, orange slices and raisins. I’m shocked at how overpriced salads can be in Manhattan.
What I had for dinner one night- a homemade pasta salad and a raw salad in a medley of colors, plus a couple of fruits (not shown). The raw salad consisted of crunchy strips of lettuce, purple cabbage, snap peas, carrots and red peppers with chunks of mango, a sprinkling of spring onions and a dash of tabasco sauce. It was a perfect mixture of tart, spicy and sweet. I’m loving purple cabbage lately for the slight peppery flavour it lends to salads.
It’s been ridiculously hot these few days but I went ahead with a trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens anyway. Blooming lotus flowers, glassy domed observatories, and a black-and-yellow striped butterfly were just some of the treasures I found. I’m dying to return in autumn for the glorious foliage and during cherry blossom season as well.
The High Line is an old freight rail line repurposed into a public park set above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. I think it sets a wonderful standard for reconfiguring urban spaces in creative, constructive ways. Instead of tearing down old structures, why not give them a new lease of life while retaining their historic value? It’s great that the marks of a railroad e.g. converging tracks, bars on the tracks and side railings are preserved to some degree, as a reminder of its heritage and for interesting aesthetic effects. The gritty, industrial feel of the original structure and its surroundings (the historic Meatpacking district) is harmonized with natural elements like plants, water and grass patches for a truly unique urban experience.
I’m particularly drawn to museums not only for their collection of art and historical pieces but also their stunning interior spaces. Museums are purposefully divided into individual rooms yet possess an overall sense of flow. The clean white walls and high ceilings create a lofty, sanctified space that elevates the art objects displayed.
Museum of Modern Art (New York)
The architecture of MOMA is suitably modern with its minimal, angular lines (reminiscent of the Bauhaus movement) and punctuations of greys and blacks. In fact, it looks like an Ad Reinhardt or Barnett Newman painting in three-dimensional form. I particularly like how the MOMA integrates indoor and outdoor space and incorporates a strong sense of natural light through the towering glass windows.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
The Met is a must-see for its breathtaking architectural details, which include vaulted ceilings, soaring arches, Greco-Roman columns and marble floors. The museum is segmented into various wings with individual architectural identities that somehow blend together into a seamless whole. Modern touches are cleverly incorporated to preserve the historical value but keep it from appearing dated.