Four Freedoms Park, L’Entrecôte, and the Russian Turkish Baths: Bettina Korek’s New York

Next week is Frieze New York, where the spring 2017 edition of Whitewaller New York will debut. We’ll be there to guide you through the must-see and be-seen-at spots around town. This week and next, we’ll share the  “Insider Tips” from those in-the-know on what to see, do, and consume in New York during the fair. Below, we’re sharing trips from Bettina Korek, the founder of ForYourArt and president of Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

WHERE TO EAT AND SIP
I usually stay in Midtown on the East Side so I love Shun Lee Palace, on East 55th, which is great for a cozy Sunday dinner with friends. L’Entrecôte, on Lex and 52nd, is a favorite place for a long—if heavy—lunch. They only serve steak and french fries in a secret sauce. There’s always a huge line at the one in Paris, so walking right in at this location feels like a luxury.

WHERE TO SEE ART
It’s always fun to walk around gallery neighborhoods like Chelsea or the Lower East Side. I’ll make a plan depending on how much time I have and what’s on where. It’s always special to visit Dia’s Walter de Maria long-term installation sites in SoHo: the New York Earth Room (at 141 Wooster) and the Broken Kilometer (393 West Broadway).

WHERE TO HAVE FUN AND RELAX
New York isn’t the most relaxing city! But for a break, I will, on occasion, head to the Russian Turkish Baths on 10th St. in the East Village. I also like to take the tram to Roosevelt Island and walk to Four Freedoms Park, Louis Kahn’s posthumous memorial to FDR. It’s an oasis.

 

Check out Whitewaller New York in print, available during Frieze Art Fair.

 

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