THE NEW YORK EXPERIENCE
There's nothing more exciting than surprising a group of unsuspecting New York first-timers with a trip to Beauty & Essex. We surprised our daughter with a birthday dinner for her and four of her New York neophyte friends on a New York trip in early July. The culture in New York allows for commerce to survive and thrive when the location and the information is intentionally obscure. New Yorkers love discovery and the feeling of knowing something not everyone else knows.
We were ushered up the stairs past the lounge and the upstairs bar into the back seating area. I'm sure this is where they seat all of the out-of-towners but it didn't matter a bit to the girls.
But the kicker for them was the ladies room; a lounge in itself, with champagne served gratis to those old enough to take up a glass. This, of course, they couldn't imbibe but they could appreciate and dream of a future where they too could be handed a glass as if it was the most ordinary and expected thing to do.
5 NAPKIN BURGER
MADISON'S ENTRY INTO THE BUSINESS OF RESTAURANTING
A FRIEND REMEMBERED
The last time I saw him he seemed to look a little thinner and perhaps a little older than I remembered but his wit and charm hadn't skipped a beat. When I was back in New York in August I found those few available minutes where I could buzz the twelfth floor of his office building to say hello and see if he had a few minutes he could spare for a late afternoon cocktail and some idle chatter and juicy gossip. The receptionist told me he wasn't in and hadn't been in for a while. I knew something wasn't right. I wrote Laura an email asking if Peter was accepting visitors, I'd wanted to stop by for a few minutes if he was up to it. I had no idea of how sick he was; the receptionist had said he was fine. It was six days before he died. Living in Madison you don't immediately get all the information about the goings-on in the New York design scene. It wasn't until yesterday that I stumbled on an article about his death. Something made me google Peter. Something told me he was gone. I'm not sure what I'll do next time I'm in the city when I find those spare moments and that itch to buzz up Peter. My guess is he'd want me to have that cocktail, not take things too seriously and enjoy the rest of the day.
Carl Corey, photographer
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