Places To Be

Blue Tree

Since its beginning in 2005, Blue Tree has been a neighborhood staple. Located at 1283 Madison ave between 92nd and 91st, it is the heart of Carnegie Hill. What makes Blue Tree special is that it was the first "concept store" to be introduced in Carnegie Hill. The store's owner, Phoebe Cates, happens to be my godmother and in running a concept store, she hand selects both high end and affordable products to sell in the store. As a concept store, they sell everything from one of a kind jewelry to stuffed animals. 

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
The Corner Bookstore

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir is named after the first lady. Reason being, she ran the running track everyday, just as many preset day CH residents do, and I try to. JKO also had a killer view of the reservoir from her full floor apartment at 1040 fifth. Although the reservoir is manmade, it has an overflow system in which excess water flows under the park and out through east 106th and down to the east river.

The Corner Bookstore is and has been a neighborhood staple since its opening in the 70s, its owner, Helene "Lenny" Golay and her husband bought the building that sits on the corner of 93rd and Madison, after attending a cocktail party across the street, in which the former owner mentioned that he was selling the building at a "steal, because everyone was fleeing the city". They then divided the building into ground floor retail, and the top 3 floors as their home. The corner bookstore sells everything from children's books to novels and coffee table books.