Monday, 7 January 2013

Hawks and the Little Owl in Manhattan


I'm just about to board a flight home to London from New York, but just had to post about the wondrous sight of red-tailed hawks from our room at the Pierre hotel, overlooking Central Park. The picture at the top comes from a website devoted to the Manhattan hawks (named after Pale Male, the original founder of this extraordinary urban colony), and until I saw the hawks for myself, at dawn on Saturday morning, I'd never known of their existence. Since then, I've been watching them from my eyrie at the Pierre, in between meetings at the Hearst Tower (although that's another story; first, I feel I need to read more about Citizen Hearst Himself).
Oops, flight has just been announced, so had better rush, but before I go, I must also mention the loveliest downtown restaurant, the Little Owl, of which more later...

Apologies for the abrupt departure; home again in London now, and drooping somewhat with jet-lag and a long day at the office. Anyway, back to the Little Owl, a Greenwich Village neighbourhood restaurant that serves the most delicious food, in an atmosphere of friendly good cheer. I went a couple of years ago, and wondered if it could be as good again on this trip, but it was... so I'm already looking forward to a return visit next month during New York Fashion Week. (Roasted cod with squash risotto or crispy chicken with lemon, sherry and dijon? Yum yum...) Which may be why I've suddenly been overcome with a craving for chocolate, but there is none in the house, so will have to make do with Horlicks instead. Night night.



8 comments:

Lilac In May said...

Happy 2013 Justine, I've read the book Red Tails In Love, the story of Pale Male and his adventures, if anyone is looking for an inspiring NY read, I thoroughly recommend it. Your photos are lovely.

Justine Picardie said...

I didn't know such a book existed -- and must order it now! Synchronicity, that you should have read it... many thanks, as always, Lilac...

kairu said...

What a beautiful view! Happy new year, Justine, and Lilacs in May, and everyone else here!

In the midst of planning a trip to England in March, Bath to Cornwall to London, no time for Scotland this trip, but that only means we'll have to return again...Quite likely someone will have to forcibly drag me away from Persephone Books before I buy out the whole shop...

The Scrivener said...

Wishing health and happiness to all on this lovely blog for 2013.
Noticed the Grace Kelly/Rear Window mention in Feb issue, Justine! That made me very happy.

Kate

enid said...

Wishing all a happy and fulfilled 2013. Kairu the Persephone shop is a treat. Do look at Dorothy Whipple's books and Little boy lost by Lhanski. I am awaiting the next Harpers with anticipation.

Young at Heart said...

my envy knows no bounds......I so want to go to NY this year I used to live on Bedford Street long before Little Owl opened.....my new year treat to me was a subscription to Bazaar obviously because you're now at the helm...so no pressutre!!

Justine Picardie said...

Glad to hear from everyone, and especially pleased that the Scrivener noticed the Grace Kelly/Rear Window mention in the February issue.
Kairu: Cornwall will be lovely in March, and be sure to visit my friends at the Fowey bookshop: Bookends of Fowey, which has an amazing selection of vintage Daphne du Maurier books. The owners, Ann and David, are very dear people, and tell them you are a friend of mine. They took care of me when I was writing a final draft of Daphne in Fowey...

jaywalker said...

A belated happy new year to all from the antipodes. I bought myself Patience from the Persephone list for Christmas and the diary for a friend who was thrilled with it. Will be visiting the shop in person on our July trip to the UK.

Bush fires here quite nearby but we were not personally affected. Thanks Justine for more interesting photos and comments.