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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Got my chocolate, got my brownies! My work here is done!

Magnet #806 - L'Eglise San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

We passed the San Giorgio Maggiore, designed by Palladio, a few times during our half-evening trip to Venice late last year.

I picked this Monet painting of a church, because I wanted to share my sidetrip to the Limelight Marketplace, which just opened up this weekend here in town.

When I was little, my sisters and I used to play "Nightclub" in our living room - and we always used to name our club, the Limelight. Who knows how three little girls ever knew what the Limelight actually was, but it was still a good pretend nightclub name.

So, one of my first nightclub visits here in town, was to the Limelight. I remember a couple of things about that night - first, that they had a bubble pool. Second, that my friend saw John Norris of MTV fame there. And third, that in the darkened hallways there was open drug use. Hahaha. Scandalized was I!

It was hard to believe that such a den of iniquity was actually a former Episcopalian church that could count John Jacob Astor and Cornelius Vanderbilt among its parishioners. But then the nightclub was finally shut down, and for years, it sat quietly in the heart of Chelsea.

Until they decided to throw $15 million at it to renovate the church-cum-nightclub into a 35-space marketplace - the Limelight Marketplace. I went yesterday, and of course bought way too much by way of MarieBelle chocolate and Mari's brownies. But, it seems fitting that the building went from one sort of sinning to another.

Of course, when I got home, I realized that the latest UK Doctor Who episode was set in Venice, so this was the perfect magnet for today after all, especially given that the very first scene of the Doctor and Amy and Rory in Venice is actually this church across the canal. Oh, that Monet, who knew he could be so useful.

And, yes, I totally just stole Amy Pond's best line from tonight's episode and made it my blogpost title.

Oh! And the fun part about New York? I'm assuming because it was opening weekend, Maribel from MarieBelle was in her own boutique. And Mari from Mari's brownies was in hers! In fact, Mari taught me how to tie a bow, like the Bergdorf's and Tiffany's folks do it. I've been practicing and I'm almost, almost there.

But come on. You can't get more New York than that!
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