|Interior view of Albertine, 972 Fifth Avenue|
In addition to the interior design, Albertine's extensive selection of works in English and French led me to recall many more infatuations with notable French literary, cultural and philosophical figures. The shop, named for Marcel Proust's object of desire, is set up to evoke memories and trigger associations. I was delighted to find so many books by French writer Patrick Modiano, the 2014 Nobel prize winner, not just because I have wanted to know more about him but also because I couldn't readily remember his name.
|Entrance to Albertine. The former Payne Whitney mansion on Fifth Avenue houses the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.|
Albertine features extensive programming to keep the place vitally connected to the present as well as to things past. Consult the shop's website for details. Albertine is a project of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Albertine, 972 Fifth Avenue
Ideas: I'm tempted to pair a visit to Albertine with a drink at Bar Pleiades, 20 E. 76th St. It's something about the night sky. Conservatory Water in Central Park would also make a fine short walk from here, weather permitting.
Images by Walking Off the Big Apple.