The World in NY (Part 1)
From the MUG Dossiers
Over four hundred 17th- and 18th-century Africans are buried at what is now the corner of Duane and Elk downtown, rediscovered in 1991 when construction began on a new building. The site was designated a National Historic Landmark two years later. The African Burial Ground has inspired artwork including the sculpture Unearthed by Frank Bender (2002), now installed in the Ted Weiss Federal Building, 290 Bway [Duane/Reade]. Bender used forensic facial identification of three unearthed skulls as models for his sculpture.
Australia's version of football, called Footy or Aussie Rules, is played by the New York Magpies club.
• Argentine Pavillion, 32 W. 46th [5th/6th] 212.921.0835
• Azul Bistro, 152 Stanton [Suffolk] 646.602.2004
• Buenos Aires, 513 E. 6th [A/B] 212.228.2775
• Chimichurri Grill, 606 9th [43rd/44th] 212.586.8655
• Industria Argentina, 329 Greenwich St. [Duane/Jay] 212.965.8560
Maison Martin Margiela, 803 Greenwich St. [Jane/W. 12th] 212.989.7612. Mr. Margiela is an iconoclast and a resolutely mysterious figure – he doesn't allow himself to be photographed (WWD staked out his Parisian atelier and came up with a barely identifiable shot), won't give interviews, and, until recently, wouldn't put his designs on his website. But his devoted following knows he's a genuine talent who lets the cutting-edge clothes speak for themselves. See if they speak to you at the unmarked (naturally) store in the West Village.
Designed by Isabel and Julian Bannerman and privately funded, the British Memorial Garden in Hanover Square honors the British victims of September 11th.
Vancouver investigative reporter Terry Gould details the 11-year hunt for gangster Steven Wong in his book Paper Fan (Thunder's Mouth Press) $16.95. Wong faked his own death to avoid trial and then disappeared into the ether. Wong tracks him down through six countries and various crime circles in this book that Quentin Tarantino would love: a wild, sometimes funny ride into the underworld.
At the Cuba Art NY website, an online photographic exhibition called Scenes Lost to View, the work and vision of Dr. Roberto Machado.
The Holland Society Library, 122 E. 58th [Park/Lex] 212.758.1871, has an extensive collection of books and historical records of Dutch settlements, ancestry, history, and culture focused on the New Amsterdam and Hudson River settlements.
Linen maker Sferra has introduced a line of sheets called Giza 45. Until now, the yields of cotton grown in a small area along the Nile has been used only for high quality men's shirts. Sferra worked with Italian shirt makers to use some of the cotton for linens. Sferra's modest claim is that they're "finest sheets ever made." Priced accordingly.
A Political Education: Coming of Age in Paris and New York is a superb memoir by André Schiffrin. Schiffrin's father was a major publisher in Paris, but the family fled to New York during the Nazi takeover. Mr. Schiffrin has been a social activist and major publisher in his own right, founding The New Press after a long stint at Pantheon.
In Flushing, the Voelker Orth Museum may not have much of a profile, but it's worth knowing about: Conrad Voelker emigrated from Germany in 1881, and his house was in the family until his granddaughter established the museum in her will. The bird sanctuary and Victorian garden are highlights.
Anyone with an interest in classical antiquity and $10 can join the NY Classical Club, which holds occasional lectures and other events.
Even though it can be maddeningly difficult to get your hands on, when you see a container of Siggi's Skyr, thick, delicious Icelandic-style yogurt, grab it. A list of stores that sell it is here.