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#61 MarketStEl

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 11:59 PM

I finally made it over to the kitchen around 11:00.  We have a Flavia machine on all the floors...it's not terrible but it's not great, either.  No, that's not my CoffeeMate - ick!

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You can find a local angle for just about anything these days.

Here's the local angle for these devices.

You will note from the story that the home version is sold through the Tupperware-party model.
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#62 Megan Blocker

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 07:20 AM

What are you going to do with your chicken carcass?  Did you truss it yourself?

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It's in the freezer, waiting to be made into stock! I actually have another one in there, too...I'm not using my last batch fast enough, I guess!

I did truss it myself, while talking on the phone. Lots of intrafamily phone calls tonight... :smile:

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Forgot to tell you all about where I bought the chicken. I went to Schaller and Weber, the German market/butcher, whose New York store is a block north of my apartment. We ran in and grabbed some milk and a Murrey's chicken!

Schaller and Weber has the best windows in the neighborhood. Exhibit A: their stein collection.

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#63 Megan Blocker

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 07:35 AM

Trans fat detective on the beat, eh? How do I figure out if trans fats have made an appearance, other than asking? I am relishing the idea of sneaking into various kitchens and checking their cupboards for contraband Crisco... :wink:

Today's schedule is pretty open...I'll be doing laundry (why does this always seem to happen during my blog weeks?) and visiting Jeremy and Miriam over on the Upper West Side. I'll be bringing them the leftover tart tatin, and probably a bottle of champagne, so we'll have to go pick one out. Which I know is going to be fun!

I have to do some work tonight, but hopefully I'll be able to bribe myself with some good food to keep the energy up.

So stay tuned!
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#64 Megan Blocker

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 11:58 AM

How has your life has changed since you last blogged? Have you been cooking from Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table? Enquiring minds wanto to know.


Hey, Bruce! My life hasn't changed too much...I'm hosting more dinner parties these days, and staying at work longer. Which has meant less cooking on weeknights and many more dinners in the office. :sad: Hence my neglectful behavior toward the Dinner! topic. Hopefully, though, things will even out a bit over the next few months.

I have been cooking from POVT, and I'd like to do more Vietnamese cooking, particularly since I have a HUGE bottle of fish sauce in the pantry. :wink:

Back to the story of my day...

I walked up to the laundromat and threw in two loads; while they dried, I walked over to Midnight Express, a diner on the corner of 89th and 2nd. I used to live in that block, so I've ordered many a hangover-cure burger from them, though now I mostly stop in when I'm hungry and doing laundry at the same time.

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I settled into a little booth near the front, ordered coffee and the Four Seasons egg white omelet (broccoli, spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms), and opened up my current reading material, a biography of Queen Isabella of England.

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The omelet arrived a few minutes later, piping hot and accompanied by french fries and wheat toast. It was good, nice and moist, and the veggies - the spinach and broccoli in particular - were very fresh and tasty.

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On my way back to the laundromat, I passed Cafe d'Alsace, where I had dinner on Friday night...here's a shot of its exterior:

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I just saw that Dracula is on Masterpiece Theatre tonight...what's a good meal to go along with that?!?
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Posted 11 February 2007 - 12:17 PM

something with a LOT of garlic in it?? :smile:

#66 KatieLoeb

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 12:41 PM

Megan:

So glad to see you blogging. This has been fun already, and I look forward to the rest of the week.

Will you be meeting up with any of the other New York board "usual suspects" on your cocktail runs to Death & Co. or Pegu? Any chance you'll be doing any spirits shopping at LeNell's in Brooklyn? Do tell...

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#67 little ms foodie

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 03:49 PM

Megan that meal sounds awesome!! I'm missing roast chicken with our oven still TU :sad:

Gee, what's a La Ratte potato?  I hate it that we get so few varieties of potato here in the States, and now I see that you can get some I've never seen.  I always love that in Europe, all the different potatoes. in the markets. 

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Abra we get La Ratte taters- our CSA farmer just delivered a cute net bag full of them to me last week. Check the farmers markets!

Megan, when we were in town we tried to go to L'Etais Uni but they were closed- if you go I'd love to see some pictures!

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 06:37 PM

ohh, ohhh

nice omlet but off topic - great book about isabella and i love weir's writing and she has her first faction(fact/fiction) book coming out this month about lady jane grey. she started it about 20 years ago and her publisher basically said "make up your mind - either you are an historian or you are a novelist" she shelved it and with the resurgence of historical fiction (phillipa gregory, robin maxwell, etc) she brought it out, reworked it and voila - i think a best seller.

damn - i wish we had farmers markets more - june - oct just doesn't do it for me
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#69 little ms foodie

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 07:00 PM

megan small world- I was just reading Seattle Magazine and those Phat Beets were in it!

#70 Megan Blocker

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 07:21 PM

megan small world- I was just reading Seattle Magazine and those Phat Beets were in it!

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Oh my goodness! It really is a tiny little world. The pickles are quite delicious - I highly recommend them.

So, I went to visit my brother and his new fiancee this afternoon. They were very kind and fed me a honeybun purchased on their weekend jaunt to Connecticut. It came from the Silvermine Tavern in Norwalk and was, as my mother would say, too-licious. Sticky and not overly sweet.

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I got home around 7:45 and decided to make a quick dinner using some of the leftovers from last night. I have about half a chicken's worth of meat, and I also had a decent amount of leftover roasted veggies. Taking insomniac's advice, I decided to add some garlic to the mix, and yesterday's bacon conversation meant its appearance was a foregone conclusion.

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I rendered the fat from some lardons, then added a touch of olive oil and the garlic to the pan. Once that had gone golden, I added the chopped leftover veggies (mainly brussels sprouts) and the chicken, and sauteed until warmed through. Added the bacon back in, some chopped parsley, and lots of black pepper. Then I tossed it all with some spaghetti and a bit of pasta cooking water, letting everything come together in the skillet.

Topped off in the bowl with some aged balsamic, more parsley, and grated Parmesan.

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After the pasta, I had a salad (of course!) - tomatoes with sweet onion (Maya in this case) and toasted pine nuts. topped with a teeny bit of olive oil, some balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

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My throat's feeling a bit scratchy, so I think I'll have a cup of tea with some leftover tarte tatin for dessert...

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 07:39 PM

I walked up to the laundromat and threw in two loads; while they dried, I walked over to Midnight Express, a diner on the corner of 89th and 2nd.

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When you mentioned Schaller and Weber upthread, I was going to ask whether you lived in Yorkville.

This post answers that question.

I had a friend of German descent who lived at 151 East 83d; I've fallen out of touch with him. He did take me to a German restaurant on 86th Street one evening back around 1980 whose name I've long since forgotten. Perhaps you could rattle off a few names on the off chance that one of them might trigger a reaction?

New York rents and rent control being what they are, I suspect he may still be living at 151 East 83d. Maybe I should see if I can track him down.
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#72 I_call_the_duck

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 08:04 PM

Great looking dinner, Megan!

Congrats to your brother. Is his fiancee a Gilmore Girls fan too?
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#73 Pan

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 08:13 PM

Megan, I was in your hood today. I played a morning rehearsal at the 92 St. Y and then felt impelled to walk to Two Little Red Hens. I got a butterscotch brownie, a lemon square, and a coconut-lime square (the "squares" were actually rectangular :wink:). I love the place.

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 08:21 PM

asted veggies.  Taking insomniac's advice, I decided to add some garlic to the mix, and yesterday's bacon conversation meant its appearance was a foregone conclusion.

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Please tell me you tasted a lardon after the fat was rendered...cook's treat, in my book.

And, were the brussels sprouts from the Green Market?
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#75 Megan Blocker

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 09:04 PM

asted veggies.  Taking insomniac's advice, I decided to add some garlic to the mix, and yesterday's bacon conversation meant its appearance was a foregone conclusion.

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Please tell me you tasted a lardon after the fat was rendered...cook's treat, in my book.

And, were the brussels sprouts from the Green Market?

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I did! I threw them back into the pasta...not to worry, not a morsel was wasted. :wink:

The Greenmarket, sadly, turned up no brussels sprouts. :sad: However, I just happened to have some in the fridge. My new addiction has its uses!

Pan, I LOVE that place...just had a carrot cupcake from there last week...

I_Call_the_Duck, I'm not sure about Miriam's affiliation...will have to find out. She is a recovering vegetarian (sorry, veggies :wink:), but that doesn't preclude a love for Al's Pancake House, does it?
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#76 Megan Blocker

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 09:10 PM

Tea with lemon has been consumed, throat is wrapped in a big scarf (a trick from my days as a singer back in high school and college), and I am off to bed for some healing/preventative slumber.

See you in the morning! On tap tomorrow, I'm headed to Rockefeller Center for my India inoculations, so we'll probably grab lunch over that way. What's a good lunch for a sore arm (FIVE shots!!!!)?
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#77 C. sapidus

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 09:18 PM

Tea with lemon has been consumed, throat is wrapped in a big scarf (a trick from my days as a singer back in high school and college), and I am off to bed for some healing/preventative slumber.

I hope your throat feels better. What is it with bloggers and sore throats lately?

See you in the morning!  On tap tomorrow, I'm headed to Rockefeller Center for my India inoculations, so we'll probably grab lunch over that way.  What's a good lunch for a sore arm (FIVE shots!!!!)?

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A shot for each shot? :wink: What makes you think the five innoculations will be in your arm? :shock:

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 09:39 PM

i'm not megan, but i used to live near her and the only surviving german restaurant which is near schaller & weber is 'heidelberg'...not great, but the servers wear dirndles and lederhosen!

i also know the history of why there were so many germans living in yorkville, but i'll save that for another time, sandy :smile:

I walked up to the laundromat and threw in two loads; while they dried, I walked over to Midnight Express, a diner on the corner of 89th and 2nd.

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When you mentioned Schaller and Weber upthread, I was going to ask whether you lived in Yorkville.

This post answers that question.

I had a friend of German descent who lived at 151 East 83d; I've fallen out of touch with him. He did take me to a German restaurant on 86th Street one evening back around 1980 whose name I've long since forgotten. Perhaps you could rattle off a few names on the off chance that one of them might trigger a reaction?

New York rents and rent control being what they are, I suspect he may still be living at 151 East 83d. Maybe I should see if I can track him down.

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#79 Meredith380

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 10:39 PM

Tea with lemon has been consumed, throat is wrapped in a big scarf (a trick from my days as a singer back in high school and college), and I am off to bed for some healing/preventative slumber.

See you in the morning!  On tap tomorrow, I'm headed to Rockefeller Center for my India inoculations, so we'll probably grab lunch over that way.  What's a good lunch for a sore arm (FIVE shots!!!!)?

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Ouch! I didn't know that scarfs helped sore throats, although I always do it out of comfort. I think most of the Northeast has some type of illness now, thanks to the temperature drop.
A good lunch for a sore arm (and throat?)-- probably soup and a glass of wine! :raz:

#80 Megan Blocker

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 07:46 AM

i'm not megan, but i used to live near her and the only surviving german restaurant which is near schaller & weber is 'heidelberg'...not great, but the servers wear dirndles and lederhosen!

Alanamoana is totally my Yorkville pinch-hitter...yes, the restaurant at 85th and 2nd is called Heidelberg, and it's still there. We also have a Hungarian place, Andre's Cafe, and, of course, Schaller and Weber. I believe there are some German bakeries on some of the side streets in the low 80's/high 70's between 1st and 2nd...
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#81 Megan Blocker

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 07:52 AM

Tea with lemon has been consumed, throat is wrapped in a big scarf (a trick from my days as a singer back in high school and college), and I am off to bed for some healing/preventative slumber.

See you in the morning!  On tap tomorrow, I'm headed to Rockefeller Center for my India inoculations, so we'll probably grab lunch over that way.  What's a good lunch for a sore arm (FIVE shots!!!!)?

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Ouch! I didn't know that scarfs helped sore throats, although I always do it out of comfort. I think most of the Northeast has some type of illness now, thanks to the temperature drop.
A good lunch for a sore arm (and throat?)-- probably soup and a glass of wine! :raz:

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When I wrap it around my throat and then a bit over the mouth, it helps keep the whole system warm...don't know if it really does anything toward fending off sickness, but it does keep things a bit more limber, and it definitely helps me feel better.
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#82 I_call_the_duck

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 08:30 AM

Ouch! I didn't know that scarfs helped sore throats, although I always do it out of comfort. I think most of the Northeast has some type of illness now, thanks to the temperature drop.
A good lunch for a sore arm (and throat?)-- probably soup and a glass of wine! :raz:

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Preferably the wine before the shots. It'll numb the pain. :laugh:

I heard somewhere that silk is good for a sore throat. Probably an old wives tale, but they're purty anyway.
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#83 Megan Blocker

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 08:44 AM

Am now off to get a cup of coffee with my colleague...no, not from anywhere exciting, just trotting down to the kitchen. I feel guilty that there aren't any culinary delights to savor right now, but my workdays are pretty mundane, food-wise.

For your perusal, to keep you amused until I do something worth reading about (!) here are a few of the places I'll be visiting later in the week...

- The Modern (Bar Room)

- Degustation

- Etats-Unis
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Posted 12 February 2007 - 08:54 AM

Wow, those restaurants sound awesome. Especially the last one with their crab souffle, that sounds to die for. Do you typically go to those types of restaurants on a regular basis in a regular week?

#85 Megan Blocker

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 09:09 AM

Wow, those restaurants sound awesome.  Especially the last one with their crab souffle, that sounds to die for.  Do you typically go to those types of restaurants on a regular basis in a regular week?

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Usually at least one...though, to be fair, the menu shown for Etats-Unis is the restaurant menu, which is a fair bit pricier than the smaller-plate menu at their wine bar (which is across the street - they run the plates over 81st Street, and wine goes the other direction when ordered in the restaurant), which is where I'm planning on eating this week. You can get the full restaurant menu or the bar menu, which is fantastic.

I actually get to visit The Modern a fair bit, since it's so close to my office. It's a great, moderately-priced place to suggest to vendors (I get taken out a lot for my work), and, even better, it's somewhere I actually want to eat.
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#86 Megan Blocker

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 11:22 AM

Hey, all!

Well, I managed to survive my "travel consultation" - five shots and one anti-malaria prescription later, I headed out to find sustenance (before those vaccination side effects like low-grade fever and fatigue set in). I took a short walk back through Rockefeller Center, shaking off the soreness in my arm and generally enjoying the above-freezing temperatures.

I really love Rock Center...it's mobbed during the holidays, but it's pretty ok the rest of the year, foot-traffic-wise, and it's such a gorgeous, majestic group of buildings. I love Art Deco, and the murals and sculpture in and around the buildings are breathtaking and, in many cases, awe-inspiring. I also really like how the elaborate artwork contrasts with the very reserved design of the buildings themselves, so tall and straight and clean.

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In summer, the rink turns into an outdoor bar. (Named, oh-so-cleverly, RinkBar.)

Since I was in Rockefeller Center, and since I wanted soup, I decided to head for Dean & Deluca - they always have a good selection, and I rarely eat there, because it's usually so crowded. It was nice and quiet today! You may recognize its windows...they figure heavily in crowd shots on the Today Show, since the store is right across the path from Studio 1A...

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They've managed to cram a lot into a small space...a big candy rack, a salad bar...everything is pre-prepared (not made to order), but the sandwiches are still pretty good. I thought about the salad bar...

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But decided to go for a cup of soup and half a sandwich. I wound up with a vegetarian pasta fagiole soup and half a roast beef sandwich, topped with horesradish mayo, lettuce and tomato. (Pics of these soon!)

Then it was on to the desserts...they always have a very tempting assortment, brought in from bakeries around the city, including Sage and Balthazar. How pretty are these tarts?

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I did get a dessert...but more on that later!

Edited by Megan Blocker, 12 February 2007 - 11:23 AM.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 11:41 AM

As for India - no, you haven't missed!  I am headed there for a week, flying out on March 1st.  I'm going for work, and I'll be in Mumbai and Bangalore.  We're flying through London, and I'll be staying there for three nights on the way back.  It should be a pretty amazing trip.  I've never been to Asia before, and I'm really looking forward to it.

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There are egulleteers in London, you know...

#88 Megan Blocker

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 11:48 AM


As for India - no, you haven't missed!  I am headed there for a week, flying out on March 1st.  I'm going for work, and I'll be in Mumbai and Bangalore.  We're flying through London, and I'll be staying there for three nights on the way back.  It should be a pretty amazing trip.  I've never been to Asia before, and I'm really looking forward to it.

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There are egulleteers in London, you know...

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I know it! I'll be posting for advice once things calm down (read: blog is over)...not even sure yet where we're staying!
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Posted 12 February 2007 - 12:03 PM

I really love Rock Center...it's mobbed during the holidays, but it's pretty ok the rest of the year, foot-traffic-wise, and it's such a gorgeous, majestic group of buildings.  I love Art Deco, and the murals and sculpture in and around the buildings are breathtaking and, in many cases, awe-inspiring.

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You know the story behind the mural in the lobby of 30 Rock, right?

It's a replacement for what was to have been the original work.
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Posted 12 February 2007 - 12:24 PM

I really love Rock Center...it's mobbed during the holidays, but it's pretty ok the rest of the year, foot-traffic-wise, and it's such a gorgeous, majestic group of buildings.  I love Art Deco, and the murals and sculpture in and around the buildings are breathtaking and, in many cases, awe-inspiring.

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You know the story behind the mural in the lobby of 30 Rock, right?

It's a replacement for what was to have been the original work.

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Yes, it was originally conceived and worked on by Diego Rivera, who painted in Communist figures and themes (those of you who have seen Cradle Will Rock will recognize the story), thereby angering Nelson Rockefeller, who had the mural painted over. Here's some info from Wikipedia:

Diego is perhaps best known by the public world for his 1933 mural, "Man at the Crossroads," in the lobby of the RCA Building at Rockefeller Center. When his patron Nelson Rockefeller discovered that the mural included a portrait of Lenin and other communist imagery, he fired Rivera, and the unfinished work was eventually destroyed by Rockefeller's staff. The film Cradle Will Rock includes a dramatization of the controversy.


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