The Frick Collection opened in 1935, in the Upper East Side at the impressive Fifth Avenue mansion which once the residence of coke and steel magnate Henry Clay Frick. The mansion was built in 1914, however it was made to look much older. The gilded ornamental interior decor makes for a perfect setting for art exhibits. Home to numerous great works of art, this gallery offers a spellbinding crawl.
The permanent display shows off works by European legends such as Rembrandt, Whistler, Vermeer and Goya. Apart from these, you can find gilt bronzes, sculptures, fascinating eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelains, Oriental rugs, and other awe-aspiring works of decorative art.
When you get tired of all the walking, take a break by the decorative fountain at the indoor garden court. Visitors can also take the ArtPhone audio guide, cost of which is included in the admission fee. Visitors can sit in on lectures, most of which focus on the artistic styles of various eras. For special exhibitions, make sure to call for the calendar of events.
On 10 East 71st Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues, The Frick Library, has a nice collection of precious art books. The library is free to use and open to researchers.
At Kai (212-988-7277) on Madison Avenue, stop by for some Mishima rib-eye steak, in a sleek and elegant ambience.
Art lovers may want to continue their crawl at the nearby Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Later, unwind at one of the benches of Central Park, where the rolling pastures are sure to take you over.
Just a short walk from Central Park, the Plaza Athenee is nestled among the fashionable houses of the opulent East side of Manhattan. As one of the Leading Hotels of the World it offers plush amenities and is home to Arabelle, a Zagat-rated restaurant. Artsy and creative kinds will like the feel of The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel. Sculpture art pieces, walls adorned with artworks and mirror-like polished marble floors add a glamorous feel to space. The Gallery is where you can experience traditional English-style afternoon tea with delectable petite-fours in an elegant atmosphere.
Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Senior (62+) $10
1 E 70th St.
New York, NY 10021-4967
Tel: (212) 288-0700
Trains: 4, 5, 6 to 68th Street
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