I attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of New York recently in 5th avenue New York. Filmmaker Eric Marciano was the guest speaker. He spoke about the power of documentary filmmaking, and gave the club a brief history of some of the great artists in this field. He has various companies which deal with documentary filmmaking here in New York + I found his talk very inspiring. We had delicious skate fish for lunch.
I enjoyed ice skating in Bryant Park the other night! I was pretty good + couldn’t believe how beautiful it was to be in what seemed like the nucleus of the world. The “winter village” is open every day from 7am-10 pm. The number is 212-661-6640 to make reservations or to purchase gift certificates. Skate rental is around $15. They also offer skating lessons for 30 minutes for $60 per student. Heads up – bring your gloves, coat + scarf. It’s freezing on the ice! I had hot apple cider after which was pretty great for $4.
I went for brunch with a couple of friends on Sunday to a restaurant in Brooklyn called Five Leaves. Apparently Heath Ledger designed this bar + it’s funded by his estate. The address is 18 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. You should definitely stop by if you’re in the mood for Bloody Mary’s ($9) or their signature drink, hot buttered rum ($12). Their number is 718.383.5345.
Dinner at The Grand Hyatt was amazing. I enoyed prime skirt steak bites with crispy onions, pinot noir from California (nice to try wine that’s not South African for a change!) + finished off my meal with a cinnamon cappuccino. Definitely where all the good looking businessmen from New York’s upper east side come after work 😉 The address is 109 E 42nd St New York, NY. Check out their menu here.
I had an awesome day at the United Nations Headquarters in New York! Did you know their budget is $5.5 billion annually? The US pays 22% towards this every year, while other nations pay less as a “membership fee” depending on their country’s wealth. I got to see the room where Emma Watson delivered her speech on women’s rights, as well as where Malala Yousafzai received her Nobel Peace Prize. I really enjoyed looking at the gifts that member countries have given to the UN, such as the gift below from Malaysia.
Being in New York this time of year, I’m seeing snow literally for the second time in my life. I love it, I just really wish it wasn’t so cold! It’s around – 12 °C for my South African readers. I bought a cute fur headband from Macy’s + some leather gloves, they’ve helped a lot. Apparently Feb 15th was the coldest day in New York history in 20 years! Here are some photos from around Battery Park, Central Park, New York’s Theatre District + Jersey City.
Couture Fashion Week was founded in 2005 by Andres Aquino. CFW presents a series of couture and luxury fashion shows in New York City and other selected cities. The Starlit Path was front row covering the event + got to see some amazing designs! Designers such as Vo Viet Chung, Andres Aquino, Jill Setah, Lourdes Atencio + Antoinette Piesche were among my personal favourites. See the full list of designers here. See the Couture Fashion Week’s YouTube Channel here, their Blog here + Press coverage here. The event took place at The Crowne Plaza in Times Square New York.