What an incredible couple months it has been! In October, some fellow ISH residents and I had the opportunity to explore the White House and the gorgeous architecture of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (commonly referred to as the EOB). When many people think of the White House, they do not think about the beauty of the EOB that is adjacent to the property the White House is on. However, it is within the halls of the EOB that one can feel the amount of history that has gone throughout the building as time has gone on.
The EOB houses the Secretary of War suite that was used by Henry Stimson during World War II. As I stood in this suite and observed the beautiful architecture held within the walls of the room, I wondered what it must have been like to have stood in this room during days such as the day Pearl Harbor was bombed or the invasion of Normandy. Following my time in the Secretary of War suite, I was able to visit the Indian Treaty Room which housed the first presidential press conference in 1955 when President Eisenhower was in office.
It is still a mystery as to why the room was named the “Indian Treaty Room” as no major treaties were signed in this space. One theory is that the room received this name because the war department used to house many documents in this room including treaties, however, that has yet to be confirmed. The final stop on our tour of the EOB was the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office which houses the desk used by President Theodore Roosevelt during his time as president. This desk houses one of the most exciting and well-kept secrets in the EOB. It is tradition on the vice president’s last day in office for them to sign their name into the desk. When opening the drawer to the desk you will see signatures of various vice presidents and presidents. Some of the individuals who have signed their name into the drawer include Vice Presidents Cheney, Gore, Quayle, Mondale, and Rockefeller; and Presidents Truman and Eisenhower.
I very much enjoyed my time touring the White House and I hope that I am able to return in the future to explore other areas of the property that I was unable to see this time around!
In the middle of November some fellow residents at ISH and I decided that we wanted to make another trip up to New York City to continue our search for excellent pizza while exploring the amazing art housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exploring this incredible art museum was by far one of my most memorable New York City experiences! Inside there is a gallery which houses a reconstructed Egyptian temple where you can find ancient hieroglyphics dating back to 3000 B.C.
In front of the Met
Other famous works housed in this museum include the famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware River (the painting is ginormous) and beautiful works by two of my favorite artists, those being Claude Monet and Winslow Homer. Following our time exploring the beautiful works of art housed in The Met we decided to head over to Joe’s Pizza located in Greenwich Village for a slice of their world-famous pizza. Joe’s was established in 1975 and has been serving up incredible slices of pizza to crowds of people which stand outside for sometimes up to an hour to get a slice. Beware there are several shops that have opened which have tried to brand themselves as the original Joe’s Pizza (the owners of the original Joe’s will tell you all the time they’re suing them). So long story short - if you want to try the original, authentic, Joe’s Pizza you must go to the one in Greenwich village. Needless to say, it was incredible and some of the best I have had to date.
Pizza at the original Joe’s Pizza in Greenwich Village
Hummus Cauliflower Salad at Kubeh's in Greenwich Village
Following the completion of our pizza eating conquest, we decided to go shopping near Columbus Circle where there are several boutiques that would take days to go through if visiting them all. Following this shopping trip, we decided to dine at a lovely middle eastern restaurant called Kubeh in Greenwich Village. I ordered the cauliflower and hummus salad and it was absolutely incredible!
I look forward to keeping you updated on my travels with residents in the future and I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!