From somewhere deep in the bosom of TriBeCa.
Buying a home is an emotional roller coaster and some serious relaxing is paramount after you’re closed and moved in. One way to relax is with a great new coffee table book and a fabulous glass of wine.
For these buyers who love food and America, we found this phenomenal book showcasing classic American menu design at the Taschen Store at 107 Greene Street in Soho. They have an amazing collection of beautifully designed books on art, architecture, food, photography, and sex. Go get lost there for an hour and spend some money.
And for something special in the wine department, go to Chambers Street Wines at 148 Chambers Street in Tribeca. They have an incredible selection of old, rare, and dusty vintages. Their collection is curated from wine enthusiast from all over the world. This time we went for the 1990 Dominus Estate Cabernet. Voluptuous, multi-dimensional and magical.
Built in 1967, Baruchim Ha Ba’im, also known as the Synagogue for the Arts, sits between classic loft buildings in Tribeca. It’s distinct shape is exactly the kind of departure from classic neighborhood architecture that makes the Landmark’s Commission cringe as this 1989 Times article speaks to. I’ve always thought the massive wave of white marble bricks was interesting, but have to be honest in saying that interesting has always been a euphemism for ridiculous and out of place. A trip inside converted me.
I am not a religious man, but the inside of the aforementioned wave blew me away in a divine sort of way. From where the congregation sits, the floor and its boards gradually rise up in a swooping motion to a skylight that spans the entire width of the building. It is as if the minions of your soul are being swept up into the eternal light of the lower Manhattan sky. Nifty!
It’s at 47 White Street. Check it out if you ever have the opportunity.