The Breakfast at Tiffany’s date
This is a good weekend afternoon date. Get the popcorn ready, get comfy and snuggle up to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s a classic romantic New York movie with George Peppard and the timeless, inimitable Audrey Hepburn. It is loosely based on the Truman Capote novel of the same name and is also a bit of a New York time capsule, having come out in 1961. Directed by Blake Edwards, it won Henry Mancini two Academy Awards for Best Musical Score and Best Original Song (Moon River). Healso garnered a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album. Mrs. Hepburn was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her memorable role as the naïve, eccentric Holly Golightly.
Now for some fun. How about taking a stroll past Holly Golightly’s Upper East Side apartment and then shooting straight to Tiffany’s to have something engraved, just like Holly and Paul did in the movie? How awesome is that? The green-and-white candy-striped awning at 169 East 71st Street (between 3rd Ave and Lexington Ave) may be gone but you’ll still recognize the white limestone-colored townhouse (adjacent to the left of the brownstone). A nice walk would be to start at Park Avenue and 71stStreet and walk to 3rd Avenue, stopping a moment to gaze at that location where such a warm and touching (and often funny) love story took place.To continue your walk, make a left on 3rd Avenue and walk up to 78thStreet. Make a left on 78th Street. This four-block stretch is one of the most beautiful blocks in the city. Notice all the beautiful townhouses and brownstones, the different types of architecture, the abundance of trees overhanging the street. From Park Ave and 71st St to 3rd Ave to 78th St to 5thAve is about a 25 minute walk so make sure you pick a day when the weather is nice. This is a great stroll through a beautiful neighborhood.
When you get to 5th Avenue and 78th Street there’s a good chance you won’t want to walk another 20 minutes to Tiffany’s on the corner of 5thAvenue and 57th Street so just go ahead and hail a taxi for a quick ride (hopefully, if the traffic on 5th Ave isn’t too bad). Tiffany’s will be on the far left corner. Now remember in the movie when Paul, a struggling writer with no money, asked the man behind the counter to engrave something for Holly? He bought something inexpensive ($10 I think it was) andmade this romantic gesture to Holly. Go ahead and do the same thing! Hopeless romantics will love this. Of course you will probably not find anything for $10 but let’s have some fun with the counterperson and ask them if they’ve ever seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s and if they remember that scene when Paul and Holly were in the store. If not, go ahead and explain it to him or her. No doubt they will try to be as helpful as possible. Who can resist such unbridled romance as this!
Holly Golightly’s apartment, 169 East 71st Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.
Some interesting notes:
Author Truman Capote originally chose Marilyn Monroe to play the lead role but ultimately Paramount Pictures had the final saying and decided to go with Audrey Hepburn. Inside Tiffany’s along the wall to the left when you enter you’ll find the Tiffany diamond. It’s a 128.5 karat yellow diamond with 90 facets. It’s considered priceless. Only two women ever wore this diamond: Mrs. Mary Whitehouse and Audrey Hepburn during publicity photo shoots for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.