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Wednesday, December 19, 2012


On Monday night, I was invited by my dear friends Jesselyn and Nick to  Norwood.
I gladly accepted as I had never been to Norwood before, non the less heard about it.
Although, me not hearing about something means absolutely nothing as I am not that "cool"
these days. I've gotten old. Going out is very rare for me these days, especially on school night.

All images and information provided by the Norwood website. 

"Norwood is a private club that draws its membership from the international 
creative arts community. We provide our members with a salon of discovery 
through a variety of talks and events, food and beverage tastings, and 
stimulating screenings and performances. The house offers a unique, stylish and 
comfortable environment ideal for meeting, dining and drinking right in the 
heart of Manhattan."
"A home for the curious."
Owner, Alan Linn

After my invitation from Jessely and Nick, I did some research on Norwood. I
remember my friends Kristen and Mike pointing out this unidentified townhouse on
14th street one evening after dinner. Mike, knowing a little about Norwood
explained it was a private club. As soon as the location came up on the map, I
remembered this conversation I had with Mike. 

 "Norwood has reciprocal membership relationship with several private clubs in 
central London and one in Toronto. In addition, the Club has special relationships
 in place with The Armory Show, Fieze, British Airways, Clay Health Spa, 
Thompson Hotels and Hazlitts Hotels."

On Monday night after work, I changed, magnificently only once, and waited for
Jesse to stop by and pick me up. As it was still gloomy and misting outside, we
hopped a cab and headed out on the town.

We arrived before Nick, so we checked in and headed upstairs to the third floor
to grab a drink. That night was Norwood's third original music showcase
showcasing four different musicians: Thorald Koren, Walter Parks, Sky
White Tiger and Sam King.

After our second glasses of champagne, it was time for our dinner reservation
on the second floor. We were seated in this wonderful circular booth in the
 front room of the townhouse. With a first round containing tuna tartar and
 truffle french friends with shaved Parmesan and a round of cocktails,
we laughed and enjoyed this wonderful New York evening. 

Dinner was wonderful. Every dish was deliciously filling. With a wide selection
 ranging from chicken breast, Steak Frits, Macaroni and Cheese and a filling
 Mushroom and Butternut Squash Risotto, we were all very happy and full.

The Andrew Norwood House is an elegant urban residence designed in a 
transitional style which combines Greek revival and italianate features. A 
remarkably preserved slice of early Victorian architecture and lifestyle - 
both inside and out; the House is listed on both the National Register of Historic
 Places and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Inside is a perfectly preserved 1847 mansion with 13 fireplaces, huge mahogany 
doors and intricate plaster crown molding. Hidden touches abound, like the 
carved bird pecking a flower among the mantelpiece's Carrarra marble foliage.

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