Avenidas de Buenos Aires: Pres. Figueroa Alcorta

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PH: Raul Antonio Alvarez

Los hinchas en horda con banderas, bocinazos, el tránsito de los porteños que van hacia el centro de la ciudad donde conviven bancos y librerías, torres, edificios bajos, local y extranjero, puentes y parques donde los adolescentes se besan. ¿Por dónde se empieza a conocer una ciudad tan grande como Buenos Aires? El mapa puede ser un lugar tan bueno como cualquiera para ver adónde van a ir los hinchas de River este domingo, adónde van a festejar los estudiantes el Día de la Primavera, para ver arte latinoamericano; en la Avenida Presidente Figueroa Alcorta.

La famosa avenida, que va desde el Estadio Monumental de River Plate hasta la Facultad de Derecho, se inauguró en 1910, en el centenario de la Revolución de Mayo. El afamado arquitecto y paisajista Carlos Thays ayudó a diseñarla.

Algunos de los puntos de mayor interés para explorar en esta avenida son:

Estadios

Estadio Monumental River Plate: Uno de los estadios más frecuentados de la ciudad, tanto por sus partidos de fútbol como por los recitales que ofrece. Además, tiene un pequeño museo. Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 7509, CABA

Estadio GEBA: Ubicado en Palermo, este pequeño estadio que linda con Figueroa Alcorta es uno de los elegidos por musicos internacionales.  Marcelino Freyre 3831, Palermo

Museos

MALBA: Este museo, que se convirtió en uno de los polos culturales de la ciudad, tiene una colección única de obras de arte latinoamericano del siglo XX. El museo también proyecta ciclos de cine, tiene muestras temporales de artistas internacionales, y ofrece conferencias y talleres relacionados al arte, a la estética y al lenguaje. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Parques

Parque 3 de Febrero: Carlos Thays también participó del diseño de este conjunto de 15 parques públicos y 21 clubes deportivos. Algunos de los puntos más emblemáticos en esta extensión de verde incluyen el Rosedal, el Museo Sívori, el Planetario y el Jardín Japonés.

Floralis Genérica: Ubicada en la Plaza de las Naciones Unidas en Recoleta, esta hermosa escultura metálica fue donada a la ciudad por el arquitecto Eduardo Catalano. La flor está diseñada para abrirse a la mañana a las 8 y cerrarse al atardecer. En las noches del 25 de mayo, del 21 de septiembre, y del 24 y 31 de diciembre, permanece abierta. Avenida Presidente Figueroa Alcorta 2301, Recoleta.

Con sus árboles y sombras, Figueroa Alcorta es una avenida que vale la pena recorrer a pie para apreciar también su arquitectura. Incluso tiene su propia canción:

Buenos Aires Avenues: Pres. Figueroa Alcorta

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PH: Vinicius Pinheiro

A hoard of football fans waving flags and honking cars, a traffic jam of unruly commuters trying to get to the busy downtown area where bookstores and banks coexist, high rise, low rise, local and foreign, bridges and parks where teenagers kiss. Where do we begin the exploration of a city so big? A good place as any could be a map, and there, on the map of Buenos Aires, we can see where the River fans will be next Sunday, where students will celebrate Spring this Thursday, and some of the city’s best places to catch a glimpse of Latin American art; all on Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta.

This famous avenue that spans from the River Plate Monumental Stadium to the Buenos Aires Law School (Facultad de Derecho), was inaugurated in the 1910 centennial of the May revolution, and was planned with the help of the great landscape architect Carlos Thays.

Some of the avenues hotspots include:

Stadiums

River Plate Monumental Stadium: One of the most visited stadiums in the city, it hosts both football matches and live international acts. Plus, there is a River Plate museum close by to check out. Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 7509, CABA

Estadio GEBA: Right off Figueroa Alcorta, in Palermo, this smaller stadium is also often the host of live international acts. Marcelino Freyre 3831, Palermo

Museums

Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA): The museum, which has become one of the most popular cultural centers in the city, offers a unique collection of sculptures, drawings, paintings, collage, photographs and objects by twentieth century artists from Central and South America. The museum also hosts film screenings and interesting temporary exhibitions and conferences .  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Parks

Parque 3 de Febrero: Carlos Thays was also involved in the landscaping and design of this group of parks which is composed of 25 ha., and made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs.  Some of the highlights for those getting to know the city include the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden, the Sivori museum of art, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens which host a myriad of activities related to Japanese culture.

Floralis Genérica: Located in the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas in Recoleta, this beautiful metal flower sculpture was donated to the city by architect Eduardo Catalano. It has a built in system that allows it to open in the mornings at 8 am and to close at dusk. On the special nights of the 25th of May, the 21st of September, the 24th of December and the 31st of December, it remains open. Avenida Presidente Figueroa Alcorta 2301, Recoleta.

Shady, and full of trees, Figueroa Alcorta is also a nice Avenue to walk down as it has some beautiful architecture.

The Avenue even has its own song:

Guest blog: Allie Lazar’s BA

allieFood blogger and writer Allie Lazar shares her favorite panoramas around Buenos Aires.

While most of my Buenos Aires domain consists of picking up forks and consuming chorizos by the mouthfuls, an essential part of porteño living means finding that idyllic city view and having a good old-fashioned zone-out session. Up high in the sky, walking over busy intersections, or gazing at terrifyingly awesome plastic surgery post ops, these are my favorite spots to really soak in the distinguishing views of what makes Buenos Aires bueno.

Courtesy of Daniel Estrada

Courtesy of Daniel Estrada

Tree Tunnels, Lake Sunset, Tranny Central @ Bosques de Palermo

We have a trifecta up in the Palermo woods: begin the afternoon chilling underneath the fairytale-like tree tunnels, move along to the lake and watch the sky turn vibrant pink and purple at sunset, and stick around to catch the trannies put on their Sunday best getting ready for the nightshift.

Courtesy of Fio via Foursquare

Courtesy of Fio via Foursquare

McCafé @ Recoleta Mall

Yes, I just recommended going to McCafé in Buenos Aires. If you are not familiar with McCafé, you really should be – he’s Ronald McDonald’s classier and more sophisticated younger brother (?) serving elegant coffees and luxurious medialunas. No, none of that is really true. But if you head up to the top floor, the most magical view of the Recoleta Cemetery will await you… of course as magical as magical can be while sitting in a McDonald’s.

Courtesy of Allie Lazar

Courtesy of Allie Lazar

Mirador of the City @ Panamericano Hotel

I’ve never quite bathed in such an iconic Buenos Aires view as at the Hotel Panamericano Club & Spa. High up on the 23rd floor, the space is enclosed head to toe in glass with skylights and massive windows. Nothing quite beats this view over Avenida 9 de Julio: look left and you see the Obelisco, right and you can glimpse Río de la Plata, and straight ahead a direct shot of the Teatro Colón. Extra bonus: find your way up here during purple blooming jacarandá flower season.

Courtesy of Allie Lazar

Courtesy of Allie Lazar

Bridge over Avenida Figueroa Alcorta @ Recoleta

Hovering over Figueroa Alcorta Avenue, this bridge gives a direct shot of the law faculty, the Bellas Artes museum, the defected solar flower sculpture, hippie haven Plaza Francia, and not to mention all the mental bus and car traffic below.

Courtesy of Buenos Aires Playa

Courtesy of Buenos Aires Playa

River, Hot Bods and Beachwear @ Buenos Aires Playa

No need to travel all the way to the ocean to get into the beach vacay mood – you can  stay in Buenos Aires and get the whole playa experience complete with city coastline: families, yellow umbrellas, beach volleyball, surf simulator, outdoor showers – you know, all the important stuff minus the actual ocean. The sand might be as artificial as some of the fake tetas and culos MILFs parading around, but you’ll feel as if you kinda-sorta-not-really are at the beach with a lovely river outlook. Moving even further north to Perú Beach or outside Alvear Abajo restaurant, there’s another more tranquilo view of the capital’s subdued skyline.

Courtesy of Allie Lazar

Courtesy of Allie Lazar

Coffee Town @ San Telmo Market 

Okay, so I guess I can’t write a whole blog post without mentioning something ingestible, but Coffee Town’s coffee hut inside the San Telmo market never fails as a prime spot for people watching: Nordic-looking confused tourists dressed as if they are ready to hike the Himalayas, loud Brazilians in Adidas track suits loudly asking where to find the San Telmo market, classic barrio characters roaming around hitting on anything in a skirt and regulars shopping for their daily dose of meat and veggies. Sit for a while and observe the weird and wonderful.

Allie Lazar is a freelance eater and writer. She shares her culinary finds on Pick Up The Fork.

Buenos Aires Architecture: La Casa de los Lirios

(Photo by FJTUrban (sommelier d mojitos))

The Balvanera neighborhood is home to two stunning buildings, both designed by Eduardo Rodriguez Ortega. The first is a residential building with a façade reminiscent of Gaudí and is known as La Casa de los Lirios. The other is nearby and has a stunning cupola with an insignia in Catalan that says no hi ha somnis imposibles (which translates to “there are no impossible dreams”). And in fact, the beauty of the constructions illustrates this idea to perfection.

La Casa de los Lirios was built between 1903 and 1905. The facade is ornamented with leaves and iris flowers (lirios) that give the building its name. Crowning the ledge is a plaster face of an old man that is presumed to be either Poseidon or Aeolus, his son. The entrance and windows are decorated with fluid lines made of iron.

If in the neighborhood, don’t miss the chance to stop and admire these two examples of the gorgeous local architecture. La Casa de los Lirios is located on Av. Rivadavia 2027 and the cupola is on Av. Rivadavia 2009.

Tours of Buenos Aires – Art Nouveau

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One of the stunning attractions of Buenos Aires is its beautiful architecture. The city walls, staircases and windows are full of stories each told in their own architectural style.

One of the aesthetic tendencies that marked the city was art nouveau and there are a chock full of buildings that embody this trend. The Art Nouveau Association of Buenos Aires has just launched a map identifying 50 emblematic art nouveau landmarks in the city and they also offer five different tours, each covering a different neighborhood (San Telmo, Balvanera, Recoleta, Downtown and Congreso). In their tours, they not only describe the art nouveau movement, and point out the relevant landmarks, but also tell the stories behind them with the aim of building an idea of how the local cultural identity was constructed.

Tours must be booked in advance with Cecilia Alzano at 15-5376 1305 or at ceciliasalzano@hotmail.com. A full list of art nouveau buildings in BA is listed here.

Fierro Loves Soho: Interior Design

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The Soho area of Palermo is shoppers’ heaven, and one of the aspects it is strong in is interior design. Argentine design has seen a boom in the last 15 years and has veered towards innovation and creative new tendencies merging art, engineering, and architecture. Soho´s top spots for checking out furniture, lighting and decorations for the home include:

Paul Deco– Pablo Chiappore is a renowned local interior designer and his Palermo centered store is one of the area’s most beautiful spots for interior design and also for stopping for a sip of something in the store’s patio. Gorriti 4865, Palermo. 

Pehache– This is probably one of the most successful design stores in the city and for good reason. The design hotspot is set in a remodeled old Palermo house where every room displays a different style. The cafe in the garden is perfect for unwinding after a long shopping day. Additionally, Pehache regularly hosts different events. This Saturday, they will be celebrating their third birthday with live piano music in the garden. Gurruchaga 1418, Palermo. 

La Mersa- Retro designs inspired in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s are La Mersa’s trademark style. Here you will find designer furniture, and mundane objects such as bicycle wheels acquire a whole new dimension. Nicaragua 4835, Palermo. 

Gaby de Grazia- Florid curtains and bedspreads, and a whole section of the store dedicated to babies and children’s rooms makes for the success of this cozy decoration store.  Armenia 1914, Palermo.

Wathemala– This is a cute spot to stop by if you’re looking for decorations and household objects with an antique twist. Grandma style teapots, candleholders and vases are what you’ll find! Guatemala 6090, Palermo.

Violraviol– For super retro accessories such as aprons, tote bags and flowery place mats then head to this sweet spot which will surely inspire you to head home to cook cakes and sugary goods. El Salvador 5894, Palermo.

New in Town: El Perlado

Palacio Barolo is one of our favorite spots in the city, and now, there is finally a great new restaurant right around the corner to lunch or dine in after visiting the beautiful historical landmark. The restaurant, which opened in May, is a little bistro with a unique art deco setting that was designed by one of the four owners, Julián Benedit, who is also an artist. Portions are generous, and the menu features auteur dishes (by another owner, Sebastián Vollert) such pan fried prawns and lamb burgers. There is also a bright and colorful bar to either stop for a drink or grab a bite.  Just what the area needed!

El Perlado opens from Monday to Saturday from midday to 4pm and from 8pm to closing.  Hipólito Yrigoyen 1386, Congreso. 4382-8689.