Ah, the City of Light… Oh wait. This is New York–the Big Apple. Luckily for us New Yorkers, there are plenty of things to do, see and (most importantly) eat when we want to feel like we’re being transported across the ocean to that magical place known to some as “Baguette Town.” Yesterday, Untapped Cities reader Akeem Bailey asked us: “Hey guys, I want to plan a ‘Paris’ day in NYC this weekend. Any ideas on things to do, places to eat?”
Here are our “untapped” suggestions for a Parisian day in NYC.
Macarons, macarons, macarons. There are plenty of places to get them. Our top picks are Macaron Café, François Payard and the most famous of the French pâtisseries, Ladurée. Or for the ultimate Paris-meets-New York gastronomic experience, line up at Dominique Ansel’s Soho bakery for a Cronut. The latest hyped import is Maison Kayser, and while excellent, know that it’s just like any other good pâtisserie in Paris.
This fun comparison comes via Richie King on Quartz, who mapped out the line for the new iPhone 5C and 5S at the SoHo Apple Store to the line for Cronuts just nearby at 9am Friday when the new Apple product launched. The lines seem pretty comparable, testifying to the staying power of Dominique Ansel’s famous pastries. In fact, perhaps a quick comparison of the two seemingly dissimilar items is necessary:
Unless you’ve been out of the city for the last nine months, you’ve heard of The Cronut – a half croissant, half doughnut by Dominique Ansel Bakery. Having taken on an almost mythical aura (only 200 sold per day with group pre-orders rumored to have 30 day wait), the Cronut was bound to get some knockoffs. Reports of Cronut imitators have been spotted worldwide: the “Croissant Donut”in Manila, “New York Pie Donuts”in Dunkin’ Donuts South Korea, the “Dosant” in London:, the “Curlyssant” in Germany, the “Crescent Doughnuts” by Pillsbury. And now New York City-based Crumbs has revealed….The Crumbnut. We haven’t tried it yet, but do let us know what you think.
We checked out the pop-up shipping container market at Pier 57 this weekend, which is a preview for the upcoming upcoming renovation into the SuperPier, a $200 million food and retail complex arriving in 2015. Construction begins next month. Some highlights:
Rendering of the A2 Hypersonic Jet
Last week, we reported on the Solar Impulse plane showcased at JFK Airport which can fly for 26 hours straight without fuel. Equally groundbreaking, but more on the traditional path of aviation development, is the A2, a planned hypersonic plane that will go from NYC to Paris in 57 minutes. The A2 is part of a project called LAPCAT II by the European Space Agency (ESA). The aim of the project is to “reduce the duration of antipodal flights (that is, flights between two diametrically opposite points on the globe) to less than two to four hours.”