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  • Used to create decorations from icing. The size and shape of the opening on the tip will determine the decoration produced when icing is placed in a decorating bag and piped out through the tip.

  • Comes in different sizes and used in conjunction with the decorating bag to make different designs.

  • cut (e.g, beans) lengthwise in preparation for cooking; "French the potatoes"

  • the Romance language spoken in France and in countries colonized by France

  • of or pertaining to France or the people of France; "French cooking"; "a Gallic shrug"

  • Of or relating to France or its people or language

The Kleeberg Residence

The Kleeberg Residence

3 Riverside Drive, Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States

The Kleeberg Residence, designed by noted architect C.P.H. Gilbert and constructed in 1896-98, is an elegant French Renaissance Revival style town house exhibiting a combination of Gothic and Renaissance details characteristic of the period of Francois I. It is located on a prominent site at the intersection of West 72nd Street and Riverside Drive, and is one of four grand town houses remaining at that corner. Built in accordance with restrictive covenants in an area long intended for high-quality residential development, it is an impressive town house designed for that area. Designed with an American basement plan, the KLeeberg Residence is faced in limestone and brick and displays a wealth of carved detail and an elaborately decorative roofline. Its striking design and appearance give the town house a grand presence at the gateway to Riverside Drive.

Development of the Upper West Side

The Upper West Side, known as Bloomingdale prior to its urbanization, remained largely undeveloped until the 1880s. In the early eighteenth century, Bloomingdale Road (which approximated the route of present-day Broadway) was opened through the rural area, and provided the northern route out of the city then concentrated at the southern tip of Manhattan Island.

The Upper West Side of Manhattan was included in the Randel Survey of 1811 (known as the Commissioners' Map) which established a uniform grid of broad avenues and narrow cross streets in Manhattan as far north as 155th Street. However, years elapsed before most streets on the Upper West Side were actually laid out, some as late as the 1870s and 1880s, and land was subdivided into building lots.

Improved public transportation contributed to the growth and sustained development of the Upper West Side. In 1864 the Eighth Avenue horse car line was extended to 84th Street; previously the only transit facility was a stage coach line along Bloomingdale Road (renamed the Boulevard and later Broadway in 1898). In 1879, the horse car lines on Eighth Avenue were replaced by street rail service up to 125th Street, and the Ninth Avenue (Columbus Avenue) Elevated Railroad was completed with stations at 72nd, 81st, 93rd, and 104th Streets.

Development of the West End (the area between the Boulevard and the Hudson River) began slowly, due, to a large degree, to the hesitation of would-be residents, but, by 1885 the area had emerged as the part of the city experiencing the most intense real estate speculation. The expectation that the blocks along Riverside Drive and West End Avenue would be lined with mansions kept the value of these lots, as well as adjacent land, consistently higher and developers were willing to wait to realize profits from the potentially valuable sites. The real estate developers, including the West End and West Side Associations, ultimately stimulated the demand for houses in the West End. Real estate brochures and the local press drew attention to the territory west of the Boulevard, emphasizing the scenic quality of the setting and the availability of public transportation. The biggest boost to the development of the West End was the creation of Riverside Park and Drive (a designated New York City Scenic Landmark).

Riverside Drive and West 72nd Street

In 1865 the first proposal for converting the land on the Upper West Side along the eastern shore of the Hudson River into an ornamental park was presented by Parks Commissioner William R. Martin. He and his colleagues believed such a plan would initiate the flowering of the West Side by drawing residents to the area and by encouraging further real estate development and the extension of rapid transit lines. The purchase of the park site and initial plans were approved in 1866. The drive, as proposed at this time, was a straight 100 foot-wide road. Commissioners soon realized this plan was impractical due to the existing topography. In 1873 they hired Frederick law Olmsted (1822-1903), already distinguished by his role with Calvert Vaux (1824-95) in the successful design for Central Park, to propose an alternate design.

Olmsted's design for Riverside Park and Drive evoked simplicity and elegance. Considering the pre-existing topography, landscape, and views, he designed a drive that would wind around topographic features, would be comfortable for horses and pleasure driving, would provide shaded walks for pedestrians, and yet would give easy access to real estate bordering it on the east. Olmsted's plan was adopted by the Commissioners but the park was not executed under his supervision. Actually developed betwen 1875 and 1900 by designers including Calvert Vaux, Samuel Parsons (1845-1923), and Julius Munckwitz (1829-1902), Olmsted's original design was not adhered to in its entirety, with paths and plantings being added by the later designers. The Drive begins at West 72nd Street and today continues north to approxima

Riad Marrakech,dar najat"coolest ryad in marrakesh",great location five minutes walk from the big square with a car access.

Riad Marrakech,dar najat"coolest ryad in marrakesh",great location five minutes walk from the big square with a car access.

This was the first place we stayed at in Morocco and it was fantastic! The sights, sounds, smells and other worldness of (the) Marrakech (medina) can be quite overwhelming at first so this was a great place to come home to. Olivier, the owner, was very helpful in giving us tips, arranging anything we needed (including the airport transfer and a spectacular tour into the atlas mountains), and spoke great english which definitely comes in handy when your french isnt so great. The place itself was beautiful, tranquil, clean and had a perfect roof terrace with a lounge and plungepool to cool off in with a beer after a sweltering day. The rooms have been decorated beautifully and lovingly, have a/c, are quiet (unless the lounge music is switched on upstairs, which could be slightly annoying to some when too loud. they will switch it off at request though) and the beds and shower are good. Do keep in mind that it's not uncommon for riads to have doors without locks on the rooms. There wasnt a moment we felt unsafe though as al the staff seemed very trustworthy (and very very friendly). The breakfast was served on the roof terrace every morning and was a rich mixture of pastries, local pancakes, baguette, fried eggs and fruits. The riad serves dinner too which we didnt make use of but appearantly was very good.
The location of the Dar Najat is ideal. It's in a nice and quiet part of the old medina, about a 5 minute walk to the Djemaa el Fna (which a staffmember showed us on the first day). Also, its around the corner of a little square to which cars can get. This comes in handy when arriving/leaving with your luggage and the same for tours by car/4x4 or arranging a taxi.
All said and done, and in comparison to other riads we stayed in during our two week trip, this was a definate highlight which I would very much recommend.

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