• Patricia Isen
  • 02/4/23
Happy Valentine's Day!
I hope everyone had an incredible holiday! 
Wow, February is upon us!
I hope you are beginning to think about what you are going to do for the ones you love...whether it's for a spouse, partner, parent, child, or any and all of the above. I have included many options within this issue. There are events to attend, art shows to visit, resorts for a quick weekend trip, flowers to send, bakeries to order from, and a few new ateliers that offer unique gifts for your special someone or someones.....
In addition, I want to make sure you have visited my new website at  PatriciagreeneIsen.com and know that you can always at any time link into all the past CityNotes if you need a reminder of an idea or place to visit at  CityNotesNYC.com
​​​​​​​No judgment, I'm a bit late to the game, but I just learned how to link directly to the places I recommend within the email blast. Cross your fingers and hope they work. If not, please feel free to let me know.
Have a beautiful February.
Please always feel free to reach out to me with any suggestions and/or comments.
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Be Safe!

Let's always come from being together in a safe world filled with acceptance & love!

Much Love to you & your families,



For the love of THEATER
Kimberly Akimbo
Booth Theater 222 West 45th Street
Kim is a bright and funny Jersey teen who happens to look like a 72-year-old lady. And yet her aging condition may be the least of her problems. Forced to maneuver family secrets, borderline personalities, and possible felony charges, Kim is determined to find happiness in a world where not even time is on her side. Based on the play of the same name.
Fat Ham
American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd St
I cannot say enough good things about this show! We saw it with friends the last week it was at the Public theater. It's INCREDIBLE! FAT HAM, the Pulitzer Prize-winning new play, comes to Broadway following a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at The Public Theater. Playwright James Ijames and Director Saheem Ali reinvent Shakespeare's masterpiece, creating what The New York Times calls “a hilarious yet profound tragedy smothered in comedy.”
Juicy is a queer, Southern college kid, already grappling with some serious questions of identity, when the ghost of his father shows up in their backyard, demanding that Juicy avenge his murder. But here's the rub! Revenge doesn't come easy to Juicy, a sensitive and self-aware young Black man in search of his own happiness and liberation. From an uproarious family cookout emerges a compelling examination of love and loss, pain and joy.
145 West 45th Street
My good friend Henry is one of the founders of the Museum of Broadway. If one loves the theater in Manhattan, then this is a must-see! The Museum of Broadway is an interactive and experiential museum that celebrates Broadway's rich history, the behind-the-scenes, and its game changers. See hundreds of rare costumes, props, and artifacts up close and experience Broadway like never before. 
For the love of FOOD
45 Bond Street
weekday breakfast 8-11 am; lunch 11:30-3 pm; and weekend brunch 8 am-3 pm.
Walk-ins only.
Beyond excited to have GJELINA in the city now! It's a BIG must! For those of you who have been in LA or own the cookbook...the food is SPECTACULAR! It's not easy to get in without waiting a while.... as there are NO reservations currently and NO dinner service...However, go for an early lunch at 11 am or go for breakfast during the week. I promise you will not regret it! 
186 Grand Street
Weds/Thurs: 3-9 pm
Fri/Sat: 12-11 pm
Sun: 12-10 pm
Kitsby has so many wonderful parts....The Dessert bar is one of the best...You can also order in advance of Valentine's Day and get one of their baking kits. The "bake from scratch" experience with their selection of baking kits is incredible. Simply choose a recipe! Each kit comes complete with a recipe booklet and pre-portioned, individually packaged ingredients. You might need to have some butter or eggs at home, but they send you all the rest. It's also great to order in advance or go and eat in.
Sweet Maressa
291 Wall Street
Kingston, NY 12401
They are based in the Hudson Valley in the heart of Kingston's Stockade District.
They are open 7 days a week. However, the best thing about them is that they ship all of their yummy desserts all over the country! It's crazy how delicious their offerings are!
44 E 21ST ST NY, NY 10010
LYSÉE (lee-zay) is a new pastry boutique by chef Eunji Lee in the Flatiron District. Inspired by her love of pastry as edible art, Lysée is named for Chef Lee’s sweet museum derived from the French word Musée. Lysée’s menu, like Chef Lee, is influenced by three cultures - French, Korean, and New York City.
The logo is inspired by Giwa, traditional Korean roof tiles 
Throughout the dessert gallery, there is a harmony of traditional Korean culture and modern NYC design using vintage wooden beams from Korea, nacre (‘Jagae’) Korean material to blend both cultures in a landmark area of the city.
Their assortment is so beautiful.
Apartment 4F
115 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights
Their assortment of croissants is delicious. They started their business baking bread since the owner, Gautier, couldn't find any bread up to his standards in NYC; you can get the items in the bakery until they sell out. Gautier moved from France to NYC in 2012. He met Ashley in 2016, and the two have been inseparable since. The only thing missing in his life was good bread. That is, until he started baking. With a background in engineering, he perfected his recipes down to a science. They are also famous for their croissant cereal
For the love of GIFT GIVING
365 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217
The outline was started by a former buyer from Opening Ceremony, a set designer, and a farm manager! There are undiscovered clothing designers as well as a garden shop in the back. They have a wonderful subscription flower service you can get by going online. A PERFECT Valentine's Day gift! FYI- the subscription is for pick-up only! So ideal fro Brooklynites!
360 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn
I don't know about you, but every magazine I love or every item I come across online is suddenly from Porta! Across the street from Outline! Alice and Francesca have known each other forever. Growing up in London, they often popped into poky neighborhood shops on a whim, finding inspiration in the beautiful odds and ends on display. Now settled in Brooklyn with their own young families, the lifelong friends have launched PORTA as a space to channel that same exciting sense of discovery.PORTA opened in October 2022. Designed by Studio Giancarlo Valle, it is an intimate space bringing together natural materials and domestic textures, the perfect setting for an ever-evolving array of tableware and homewares to discover and delight in. I am particularly obsessed with their palio plates!
60-50 Catalpa Ave, Queens, NY 11385
(615) 310-6659
NO Website
Eric Oglander, an artist with a refine and objectified eye, opened Tihngs in Queens. Tihngs is a gallery of unusual antique objects and his art pieces.
Open most Saturdays or by appointment. [email protected]
LoremI included SAleter House when they first opened in CITYNOTES in 2019. Since then, SAlter House has only expanded. This past November, Sandeep SAlter grew the store even more. Firstly she added an adorable cafe. Now she has added an area from where she will sell clothes she designs as well as more products for the homes. I really like her nighties! I would say her sense of style is minimalist amish. :) 
For the love of 
Wildflower Farms


2702 Main Street, Gardiner, NY12525
Wildflower Farms represents the apogee in a wave of nature-focused Upstate hospitality projects that have opened since the pandemic. The excellence of its surprisingly progressive food-and-beverage program to its spacious, thoughtfully designed cabins. Thistle Spa speaks to the growing importance of wellness. But maybe the most appealing aspect of Wildflower is, as its name suggests, a working farm, as you are reminded of in delightful ways throughout your stay. There are 65 free-standing cabins. Wildflower is located in one of the most classic and accessible corners of the Catskills, just two hours north of the city. The historic, 17th-century hamlet of New Paltz is the closest regional point of interest, with the great dining options in the fast-changing river city of Kingston a bit north of that and the beloved villages of Woodstock and Saugerties a bit further. For hikers, cyclists, and mountaineers, the Gunks are right there, and countless trails and natural wonders are a short drive away on either side of the Hudson River. 
Little Cat Lodge


37 Catamount Road

Hillsdale, NY 12529
More low-key than the above Wildflower.....Just west of Massachusetts in Upstate New York, Little Cat Lodge has taken one old stagecoach station, upcycled some mushroom wood, and added a few felines to create every New Yorker’s new favorite hideaway. The Alpine import has kept all of its best Swiss-chalet features, but it now comes with extra bright red paneling, striped, checked, or floral soft furnishings, and a healthy scattering of granny-chic cushions. Locals love the Tavern, which is the perfect place for carb-loading before or after trips to the Piste (helpfully located directly in front of the hotel).
For the love of ART
Theaster Gates-“Young Lords and Their Traces”
New Museum
235 Bowery 
Theaster Gates’s work in the areas of sculpture, social practice, collaborative performance, and archiving has made him one of the most compelling artists active today. Gates emerged in the early 2000s with a sculptural practice characterized by the use of salvaged materials and deeply researched interdisciplinary histories. The elegiac formalism of Gates’s large-scale tar paintings, experimental clay vessels, and immersive architectural installations can be linked to both personal and collective narratives of labor and spirituality. HURRY!
Oh, Sandy? Sandy, Sandy
Karma Gallery
188 & 172 East 2nd Street
January 12th -February 25th
One of my favorite artists! Alvaro Barrington (b. 1983, Caracas, Venezuela) is a multidisciplinary artist based in London. Raised in the Caribbean and later Brooklyn, New York, Barrington harnesses abstract painting, embroidery, and site-specific installation to explore communal and personal histories and disrupt art historical narratives. Hibiscus flowers, tulips, gestural passages of paint on burlap, and reimagined configurations of readymade and industrial materials such as concrete, chain, and metal rolling gates become grounds for Barrington’s lyric explorations, ranging from the life of Marcus Garvey to the legacies of hip hop and modernism. Working in an ever-evolving practice, Barrington’s multivocal art-making reconfigures the relationships between communal narratives and contemporary culture.
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
David Zwirner
January 12—February 25, 2023
David Zwirner presents an exhibition of works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Spanning the gallery’s three locations at 519, 525, and 533 West 19th Street spaces. The exhibition features four major installations—two of which have never been realized in the manner envisioned by Gonzalez-Torres before his untimely death in 1996 from complications related to AIDS. 
For the love of Movies & Documentaries
Moonrise by Granger Smith
Lorem I have to say I am incredibly proud of my God Daughter Piper Clurman for her incredible performance in Moonrise!
White Noise
White Noise had its world premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2022, and was released in select cinemas on November 25, 2022, before its streaming release on December 30, by Netflix. 
All the Beauty & The Bloodshed
Rare footage and intimate interviews provide insight into the life and work of renowned photographer and activist Nan Goldin. An incredible Documentary
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