Bruce Bierman’s Plans for Summer

Local Pleasures: Like many other New Yorkers, I’ve been enjoying the recently opened Section 2 of the High Line, an elevated park on an abandoned railway that stretches from 14th to 30th Streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, planting designer Piet Oudolf, and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro have all done outstanding work on it.

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Section 2 of the High Line, where it snakes past architect Neil Denari‘s new HL23 condominium, which extends over the park. Photograph by Iwan Baan.

Travel: After a break staying with friends on Nantucket, we have a big European trip planned this summer. First, London, where we’ll stay at Claridge’s, shop the King’s Road, and have afternoon tea in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s amazing cafe.

The Art Deco entrance of Claridge's Hotel, Mayfair, London

The marvelous Art Deco entrance of Claridge’s in Mayfair, London.

The Cafe at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The Café at the V&A is in the museum’s original refreshment rooms, the Morris, Gamble, and Poynter Rooms, the world’s first museum restaurant, which was intended as a showcase of modern design, craftsmanship, and manufacturing.

Paris is next. We’ll stay at the grand old Georges V, now a Four Seasons hotel, eat the delectable macarons at Ladurée, and hunt for serendipitous finds at our favorite flea market, le Marché Serpette.

Hotel Georges V, Paris

Private terrace dining with an unbeatable view at the Hotel Georges V, Paris. 

Macarons from Laduree, Paris

Macarons from Ladurée, the most famous pastry shop in Paris.

Marché Serpette, Paris
Bruce Bierman’s favorite Paris flea market, le Marché Serpette.

Italy’s next, with visits to Rome and Capri. In the Eternal City, it’s the Hotel de Russie on the Via del Babuino, to stay, but also for drinks in the terraced garden courtyard, shopping on the Via Condotti, and playing tourist at the Ara Pacis Augustae. For Capri, we’ll be at the Hotel Scalinatella, smaller cousin of the Quisisana, visit the Blue Grotto, and people watch.

The Secret Garden at the Hotel de Russie, Rome

The Secret Garden, the tranquil planted terraced courtyard at the Hotel de Russie, Bruce’s preferred spot for a quiet drink in the heart of Rome.

Ara Pacis Museum, Rome

Ara Pacis Museum in Rome, designed by Richard Meier, houses the Ara Pacis Augustae, a sacrificial altar dating from 9 B.C. Photograph by Thomas Mayer.

Hotel Scalinatella, Capri

The delightful faux-Moorish facade of the Hotel Scalinatella, Capri.