Keeping up a decent pace of checking out New York City spots hither and yon would take years. And then you could just start again because things change. Susan and Mark Lusk's book 111 Shops in New York That You Must Not Miss: Unique Finds and Local Treasures is an example in point. While many of the awesome places still do exist, some are gone. In fact, some of the most famous stores in the history of awesome stores in NYC don't exist anymore.
|There is a weekend flea market full of all sorts of things.|
Jewelry and art and lotions and tee shirts and clocks made out of old books.
And a lot more.
Artists and Fleas - worth a visit
One booth was this girl who makes jewelry out of
silver and dolls eyes. Eyes that open and close.
Weird? Yes. Wonderful. Yes.
|As I was standing waiting for the subway,|
a man was on the other side of the tracks singing
"Oh, it's so good to be home, mumble mumble, oh
it's so good to be home."
How bad could it be? I'm an adult! I've traveled! I was intimidated anyway, but for no good reason. For the most part, I made all the mistakes that would teach me not to do that again. Where are you going? Uptown or Downtown? Ok! Any maps phone app will have a subway/bus icon, you just follow the letters and numbers (and try not to get turned around; I did, but not for long). What's intimidating about a few thousand people striding purposefully in one direction or another? All of whom seem to know where they are going.
But guess what? Almost everyone I asked (at first) for information (is this the right subway letter/number? was the biggie) had no idea where they were going, how could they help me? Said in a very nice way. So I looked a little harder. Local knowledge is good knowledge. Find someone who looks like they really live here. Look for working people carrying work stuff, including lunch boxes. That worked; all were willing to take a moment and give a hapless visitor the necessary information to get from Point A to whatever the next letter/number was.
Along with the phone map thing. That was very helpful (until it wasn't).
My destination was Bonnie Slotnik's Cookbook shop. My daughter has given me a mission to pick up cool things that will be a part of the NY experience (on her dime, naturally, she doesn't just want matchbooks and flyers) and while she'd actually mentioned another store, something about Bonnie's web page called to me (yes, Sarah, I will get to Kitchen Arts and Letters; promise).
Bonnie's store doesn't open until one, so I had some time to kill. I killed it in two of John Derian's stores. Beautiful, well crafted, sometimes funny objects of desire. A plate I picked up, a plate about the size of a coaster, was 200+ dollars. But hey, I was just browsing. And I actually found some little things (small goods, they call them) to purchase. The staff was as friendly as if I'd bought much, much more, always a nice experience. In fact, friendly has been the byword of any transactions I've had here, whether asking for information or purchasing bits and pieces for Sarah's goodie bag. New Yorkers are friendly and not in some fakey way...or if it's fake, they are also brilliant actors.
|I didn't even ask how much this couch was, but I fell in love with it.|
|Random architecture that caught my eye|
One of my missions was to go to the Strand bookstore. I was in the neighborhood, so I went to find it and I did. Let's just get this out of the way, it's overwhelming. One of their sayings is 18 miles of books and I believe them. Tables and shelves are stacked with books, books read and millions unread. Books with little descriptions on them written by store employees (and not always nice reviews either; I liked that). There are bags and socks and cups and cards, water bottles and kitchen ware and magnets and lunch boxes. Not all are Strand promotions but plenty are and I wanted to buy all of them. I didn't, but I did have to finally pull myself over to the check out line.
Once there with books and magnets and tote bags and socks (hey, who can resist knee socks with the 100 foot woman on them? Not me), I was thinking about carrying all of
|I couldn't fit the whole church building into the photo. |
You get the idea, it was a mammoth, beautiful cake.
I just realized I've missed posting a LOT of photos from our trip to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It's touted as one of the very hip places to be and see. We got there when it was quiet, but things picked up rapidly from a lazy Sunday morning to an active Sunday afternoon.
|I liked this door. I like this doorway. I like the brass plate on the door.|
I wanted to go in and find it 1897.
Which is why I didn't go in.
|It was hard just getting past the first 10 feet without stopping.|
|Ann and I had a lot of fun finding photos of our relatives,|
journeying back in time to that crazy Christmas with Uncle Henry.
I was laughing to the point of tears. No one noticed or cared so
I guess that happens a lot.
|From hand mixers to giant pulleys and shackles, it was all there|
|If this hadn't weighed about 20 pounds I'd have brought it along.|
|Plastic bottles. From the back, that's all I saw. But while I was paying for some things,|
Ann, who had ignored them as well, walked around to the other side.
I think this might be the weirdest thing I've seen in NY.
|I love buttons. I used to collect buttons.|
It was time to get the hell out of there.
|What is this? Why is it there? I have no idea |
and you don't want to know my guesses
|We saw a few of these. Luckily, waiters DON'T talk|
except among themselves.
|Not to be found on any island I know about in the Caribbean|
(but there are a LOT of Caribbean places here)
|We didn't go in but it looked pretty cool|
|Because of course I love this fence and gate|
|Because it's there|
|I could do a whole series on bike racks of NYC|
The Beaux-Arts architecture and neo-classical details of Metropolitan Pool are typical for the period. The pool and bath at Metropolitan were designed by the architect Henry Bacon (1866-1924), who also designed Washington, DC's Lincoln Memorial."
source - New York City Gov't Parks
|There are plaques like this everywhere.|
This one covered a lot of history.
|Because I like Honky Tonk!|
|This used to be a toy factory!|
|A gin concoction. A beer cocktail. Just what the doctor ordered.|
|If you see a cool bathroom, sure, take its picture.|
|No signage explaining, it was just there|
|No, I have no idea what this means.|
Whoever Henry is after, it wasn't us.
(take on a Henry Rollins song? who knows?)
|For the car buffs|
|Graffiti covers so much that should be left alone|
|I took this photo for Rosarito.|
We came back later and ate here.
|Just another awesome restaurant out of an old warehouse|
Too many choices!!! Maybe another day.
|After a LOT of deliberation, we got the fish taco and the frito misto.|
Both were incredibly good.
|3 D sidewalk art|
|After spending more than we wanted at Rosarito's, we came to this place.|
Scones with desserts. Scones with Thai Chicken. Cheap prices!
|Too full to just say yes|
Next up, more fun. Stay tuned.
Have a warbling Wednesday. Do something that makes you say wow!