New York

This Neoclassical NYC Garden Is Opening to the Public for the First Time

The renovation project will celebrate its completion on June 18.

Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum
Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum
Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum

New Yorkers will soon be able to set foot on a gorgeous 1900s library garden site, the grounds of which have never opened to the public before.

On Saturday, June 18, the Morgan Library & Museum will unveil the recently restored facade of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library and the new Morgan Garden. The project, which revolves around the restoration of the 115-year-old library’s exterior, has been in the works for the past six years and cost $13 million. Aimed at improving access and visibility to the historical building, the renovation will also allow access to the exterior grounds of the 36th Street location for the first time in the Morgan Library & Museum’s history. The library building itself was first opened to the public in the 1920s.

Originally, the building was commissioned in 1902 by John Pierpont Morgan, who wanted it designed to be his private library. The project came to completion in 1906, and showcased a beautiful Neoclassical architecture style featuring a combination of majestic sculptures. The interior of the library was later renovated in 2010, and in 2016, the Morgan Library & Museum started planning for its exterior restoration, which effectively began in 2019. Now, the restoration project is completed, and it managed to tackle issues such as sculpture and sidewalk deterioration as well as metalwork corrosion and roof conditions.

The new garden is one of the most important products of the restoration project. In fact, the revamping efforts allowed the Morgan to actively reimagine the library’s surrounding space and allow public access to the site for the first time in the museum’s history. This was a chance for the institution to create a garden that matches and enhances the library’s renovated features while providing a place to admire the library’s exterior.

“For over century, there has been a blank canvas sitting in front of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library,” Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Landscape Designer, said in an official statement. “Our goal was to develop a new garden that was respectful of the historical context in which it is situated. The garden is designed to create a welcoming setting that allows visitors to experience the library up close and see details they may not have seen before. Making the landscape surrounding the building more worthy of the institution will be the greatest legacy of the garden.”

Those wishing to visit the library and new garden will be able to do so with tours offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 12:30 pm. On Saturdays, visitors with museum admission will get the chance to relax in the garden and enjoy its space during the day. On opening day, June 18, the Morgan will welcome guests to its Garden Family Fair and the day after, on June 19, it will host a Free Community Weekend event. Both days, activities like garden tours, story time, and live music will be free to attend. Reservations are encouraged.

After its grand opening, the Garden will stay open seasonally through Sunday, October 9. For more information, you can visit the Morgan’s website.

Take a look at these beautiful photos of the renovated library exterior and its new garden:

Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum
Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum
Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum
Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum
Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum
Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum
Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum
Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum
Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum
Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum
Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum
Photo courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum

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New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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