NYC, July 22nd, 2016
5:30 in the morning. Can you believe it? Why I woke up this time? Who wakes up at this hour anyway?!
- My mother.
Yes, that's true. 5:30 a.m. every day, in fact, in Brazil must be 6:30 a.m. now and it's already time to work. But what about all this lazyness? The alarm clock will ring at 7:00 a.m., I can go back to sleep.
It's Friday again, it would be a reason to celebrate if I was working and needed a weekend to rest. But as I'm not doing anything here every day is like a Friday for me.
So, I'm up at 8:30 a.m. (laughs). I'm tired, sorry! Yesterday I walked for 10,16 Km (a lot for a sedentary as I'm) looking for an apartment to rent. Detail: I haven't found anything yet and I have to move again next week (3 times in less than 2 months).
For new readers that just got here: yes, I'm almost for 2 months in NYC now. Looking for a job, place to live and passing through a few basic "grips".
Life here is not easy. It's a daily struggle - like the guy from the residence I visited yesterday told me:
- Welcome to NY. It's a fight everyday. You have to fight for your job, you have to fight for the apartment, you have to fight for your morning coffee..
Understand the drama?
Song from the 'Creed' (2015) movie... and people still asks me why I love Rocky Balboa so much...
Speaking of job..
Today I will do something useful. The photographer that I met (I'll explain in the next chapters + music of suspense at the bottom) called me for help in a photo shoot of some old furniture and objects of a restaurant is closing and will go to an auction.
Meanwhile, my roommate is still asleep.. The train still coming and going downstairs. And the Sun is cracking out there - better hurry.
I arrived at 50 St station and chose to walk to the 52nd Street crossing the 7th Ave, the Ave of Americas + 5th Ave, Madison Ave and Park Ave. It's an interesting path in terms of architecture - a lot of corporate buildings and its squares called my attention, so I could take some pictures and do snaps until get on the site.
'Credited with introducing seasonally-changing menus to America, The Four Seasons opened in 1959 and is one of the most talked about restaurants in the world. It was designed by Modern architects Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe and serves dishes that inspired the New York Times to rave, “one bite is enough to make you moan."
An only-in-Manhattan phenomenon that offers two public dining rooms, The Four Seasons is a favorite of locals and critics who appreciate culinary classics and innovative seasonal dishes.
The Pool Room is airy and romantic and serves an a la carte menu of what New York Magazine called “surprisingly adventurous new flavors and marvelous pairings,” as well as the deal-of-the-decade $59 three-course menu that changes seasonally to satisfy any palate.
Known for its legendary power lunch, the Grill Room is more masculine with luminous French walnut-paneled walls and soaring two-story windows. It features an unfussy menu of Maryland crabmeat cakes, burgers, perfectly grilled fish, impressive rack of lamb and the filet of bison that GQ Magazine gave its “dish of the year” award.'
OOTD: H&M jumpsuit
The restaurant will cease to exist inside the Seagram Building at 99 East 52nd Street. Although proprietors Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder plan to revive the restaurant a few blocks away, maybe it won't be the same thing. There was an atmosphere of sadness and "nostalgia" in the air.. old employees arriving to pick up their certificates from years of work dedicated to the place and old customers taking advantage of the service that was still being offered by the bar for storytelling what they'd lived there.
The Four Seasons sign (estimate: $5,000–7,000)
It were almost 3 hours of photo shoot of furniture, silverware, cutlery, etc as I said before, designed the most famous architects in the world - at this point I thanked my mother for having taught me how to prepare a nice table - if everything in life has a reason to be, maybe the reason could be a photo for the New York Times. (Who knew?)
Well, unfortunately, not everything is about flowers on the island. My daily struggle was just beginning. Something even more unpredictable happened, but I'm not going to tell you now - you'll have to stay tuned for the next chapters of my adventure here ;)
Wish you all a great week!
*For more information about The Four Seasons auction that is happening tomorrow, please visit the official page here.