Long before the banks of the Seine were lined with imported sand, oversized lounge chairs and ice cream stands in honor of Paris Plage, the city’s makeshift beach getaway, the river bank was the capital’s economic and social epicenter.
The “Paris on the Seine” exhibit at the Hôtel de Ville (city hall) is a photographic journey that retraces the evolution of the river banks from the Middle Ages to present day where the Seine-side holiday punctuates the urban day-to-day for one month each year. Although Paris Plage has ended for the season, this free exhibit runs through mid-September and is not to be missed.
It’s no secret that the French are enamored with New York. Not the whole state, however, just the city. Astounding Parisians not only by its sheer size, energy, and unapologetic excesses but also by its boundless food choices, Manhattan is like a culinary amusement park. For the French, whose food scene has long been dominated by traditional, bistro fare, the diversity in NYC is understandably appealing. But what seems to seduce French appetites most is not the ethnic variety so accessible in NY but rather straight up, all-American comfort food—bagels and cream cheese, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, cupcakes and “real” NY cheesecake.
When I think of French food, images of smooth foie gras, flavorful duck confit, sumptuous cheeses and fluffy cream puffs instantly come to mind. But apples? A more unexpected association. Convinced of the limitless culinary uses of the forbidden fruit, brothers Daniel and Emmanuel Dayan opened Pomze in Paris in November, 2006 in a converted Haussmanian apartment in the 8th arrondissement, where more than 120 apple varieties are worked into their seasonally updated offering. Approximately 600kg of apples are delivered each week to satisfy client demand, proof that the fruit-focused hotspot has garnered a loyal following.