New York, New York!

Happy FriYAY!

I went to New York this past weekend with fellow blogger, podcast host, and publicist Clarissa Bannor also known as This Afropolitan Life. In today’s post, I will share details of our trip. I hope you find this information useful for your next trip to New York and even if you live in New York.


Where We Stayed


Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Chelsea

Set a mile from the High Line, this chic hotel is 8 minutes’ walk from Madison Square Garden, and 14 minutes from the Empire State Building –Four Points Chelsea

This hotel is in a great location as the website describes. There is plenty to see and do within walking distance. I rate it three stars because of it’s location, otherwise I would’ve rated it 2.5 stars. My bed was comfy and I slept well.


Food


Cinnamon Snail at The Pennsy

Vegan Restaurant-The Cinnamon Snail- The Pennsy- Manhattan New York

Clarissa Bannor, ThisAfropolitanLife.com

I was a semi vegan for the weekend because Clarissa is vegan and she found The Cinnamon Snail via the Happy Cow app. It’s useful for locating vegan and vegetarian restaurants based on your location. We dined there twice.  I am open to trying new restaurants especially for healthier food options.


Beastmode Burger Deluxe

Ancho chili seitan burger grilled in maple boubon bbq sauce with jalapeno mac n cheese, arugula, smoked chili coconut bacon, and chipotle mayo on a grilled pretzel bun

The Cinnamon Snail Beastmode Burger Deluxe- The Pennsy-New York

This vegan burger was delicious! I especially enjoyed the pretzel bun and I am still thinking about it.


Bruce Cost Ginger Ale Unfiltered-The Cinnamon Snail at The Pennsy-New York

This drink was amazing, I ordered it both times we went. Definitely try it, especially if you like ginger.


Korean Barbeque Seitan

served open faced on a grilled tortilla slathered with chili butter, kimchi and greens

The Cinnamon Snail-Korean Barbeque Seitan- at The Pennsy-Manhattan New York

This was ok but a little too spicy for my taste buds. The texture of the kimchi took some getting used to. Once I got past that and the food cooled down, I began to enjoy it. The tortilla slathered with chili butter was the best part. However,the meal portion was too large, I mostly ate the tortilla and discarded the rest. I wished I ordered the Gouchujang Burger. I tried some of Clarissa‘s and it was delicious. The pastries were also delicious. I had their cinnabon and one of their vanilla cream brulee donuts. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the desert because I KILT it both times! Definitely try their burgers and pastries!


Golden Krust

Golden Krust

Clarissa Bannor, ThisAfropolitanLife.com

We ordered vegetable patties from Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill. It was divine!



What We Did


The Bishop Gallery

The Bishop Gallery

Clarissa and I went to the The Bishop Gallery to view  Solomon Adufah’s current solo exhibition Homeland Ghana.

In his New York City debut, West African artist Solomon Adufah challenges the negative perceptions of his homeland. Born and raised in Ghana and currently residing in Chicago, Adufah often returns to Africa to volunteer in orphanages and small villages to teach and expose children to various art techniques. He uses his artistic practice to illuminate the beauty of Africa and its people. A self-taught artist, Adufah creates work that aims to “empower, promote, and celebrate the African culture.” His large-scale portraits are bright and bold, narrating his most recent trip to Ghana through the people he encountered. Using an extensive palette and a wealth of detail to emphasize human expression and traditional patterns, Solomon Adufah highlights the cultural landscape of Africa. –The Bishop Gallery

he Bishop Gallery-Solomon Adufah solo exhibition Homeland Ghana
The Bishop Gallery-Solomon Adufah solo exhibition Homeland Ghana
This IS my FAVORITE piece.  It’s a painting of Solomon’s grand-aunt, view a real picture of her here. She has the face of every Ghanaian grandmother.

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The eyes of this young boy are piercing. Clarissa and I both agreed that there is something distinct and engaging about how Solomon paints the eyes of his subjects.


The-Bishop-Gallery-Solomon-Adufah-solo-exhibition-Homeland-Ghana

This painting is Clarissa‘s favorite. We were informed that it sold the night before at the opening reception for Homeland Ghana.


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Meet Jake and read below what Solomon said about him:

People often ask me why and how I’m able to continue helping children through my #homelandseriesghana mission. The truth is, it’s never about me. There are 3 things that comes first before my talent. My faith in God, Purpose in Life and the People who inspire my work. To me, my work has no value without these three. I’ve experienced first hand the impact just the little act of kindness can make in the lives of the less privileged. The amount of joy and happiness they have in their heart despite their living conditions speaks volume about their inner beauty. Jake was one of the children I taught in Ghana. He was always gentle and quiet.. Ever present in class and was eager to learn everyday. That’s what I loved about all the children. Their enthusiasm and high spirit was refreshing and encouraged me to continue helping them.

Solomon Adufah

Exhibition on display at The Bishop Gallery throughout June.



 MoCADA Museum

MoCADA Museum gift shop

Clarissa Bannor, This Afropolitan Life.com

MoCADA was underwhelming and much smaller than I imagined. It made me appreciate the free museums I have access to in DC.  However, they had some great books and other items inside their gift shop.



They also had a lovely window display featuring five beautiful images by Shani Crowe. I found this window display more exciting than the actual exhibition inside MoCADA.



She Leads Africa #SHEHIVENYC 

She Leads African SheHive NYC #SheHIVENYC

In a separate post scheduled for next week, I will recap the #SheHiveNYC conference. For now read Clarissa’s latest post Why you should be at the next SheHive conference and 6 tips to make the most of it. It’s and excellent article on what to expect at this conference and how to prepare.



Reel African Launch Mixer with Maame Adjei

AllThingsAmmaMama- ThisAfropolitanLife-Reel African Launch Mixer with Maame Adjei

I will also cover this event in a separate post next week. This event is why Clarissa and I traveled to New York. I did the social media coverage for Reel African’s Instagram on this day, see here. I will share next week more on them, their launch mixer and the BIG giveaway they’re hosting. For now check out their website here.


My Final Thoughts

Amma Mama in NY

New York offers so much even if you’re just visiting for the weekend. There is ALWAYS something to do. I  appreciate how big their stores are. Manhattan’s H&M is like no other!


Madison Square Garden remembers Muhammad Ali

Madison Square Garden remembers Muhammad Ali


All Things AmmaMama and This Afropolitan Life

Pack your walking shoes and hit up that Uber if you need to. I Don’t Do Clubs is a great resource to find out what’s going on in NYC and other major US cities this summer. Thanks for reading and have a blessed weekend.

~Amma Mama

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