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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Seeking NYC Tips and Shopping Recommendations

*Update*- apparently the weather has other plans for me this weekend and all the trains to NY are cancelled because of the snow, but please keep sending your tips since I am going to reschedule for later in Feb!

Heading up to New York City this weekend, and in between visiting some friends I'm looking to expand my repitoire of must-do stores and get a little off the beaten path. I figure I can go to Saks in any city...though I do usually end up getting sucked in for a few hours there! If anyone out there has any must-see store recommendations I'd love to hear them- you know we're adventurous shoppers here at MoS. I'm particularly interested in:

-Flea market recommendations- Hell's Kitchen? Or go somewhere else?
-Fabric/trim/notion store recommendations- I've hit the usual suspects such as MJ Trim but am looking for anything else that you think is particularly fabulous. 
-Any great furniture resale shops
-Any must-see vintage clothing stores
-Any unique independent boutiques- clothing, home accessories, jewelry, etc.- I'm open
-Century 21- been there? Worth it? Or waste of time? I hear mixed reviews.

Our readers are always a wealth of info (and I know there are a lot of you in New York!) so I'd appreciate your feedback!


meredith said...

Go to Maleeka! It's my FAVORITE store in NYC. Please don't let it scare you when I saw it's in Brooklyn beacuse it's minutes from downtown NY and easy to get to.
Here's the website.
You can also find a review on my blog:
Enjoy the city and let me know if you have any questions :-)

Anonymous said...

Brooklyn Flea - every Sunday
Darling - on Horatio Street
the Meat Packing District and don't miss the High Line Park

Lacquered Life said...

My favorite bookstore is Archivia Books on Lex b/w 71 and 72--all design books, amazing selection, chic store. Also, when you're in the neighborhood, Roberta Roller Rabbit on Lex b/w 73 and 74-check out my blog to get a sense of what's there, I'm a huge fan! Also two doors down from Roberta is Malvina Solomon, best vintage costume jewelry you have ever seen. Especially the earrings. Amazing. Trelliage and Mecox Gardens are also in the neighborhood (just for inspiration tho, prices are whoa)! Hope this helps!

Mel said...

i love trelliage! definitely worth a visit.

central bark designs said...

Housing Works Thrift Shops - there are several - I go to the one in Chelsea. Pippin Vintage Furniture in Chelsea. Chelsea Garage Flea Market - perfect in lousy weather since it's in a covered parking garage....and yes - you can see a Chelsea theme here!

Jan Jessup said...

Dear Allison & Sarah, these tips may be too late for your weekend in NYC, but for next time, here are some suggestions I sent to another friend recently:

1. The Carlisle outlet store--Limited Editions--is a good place to shop. The store is at either 429 or 439 West 55th between 9th & 10th Avenues (north side of the street). I've bought a lot of things here--but timing is everything when shopping the Carlisle outlet! The first floor is the main store--and on the fifth floor is where the major markdowns are, but you have to be a fast selective shopper on this floor or the quantity can be overwhelming. I usually skip the fifth floor.

2. The new Museum of Art & Design (MAD) is the former American Craft Museum, now in a fabulous new building on Columbus Circle at 59th & Central Park South (next to Time Warner Center). They have great exhibits! There's also a restaurant on the top floor--Robert's--that's been open a month and I read a very good personal review in Zagat's.

3. Soho has changed a lot over the past several years if you've not been there in a to explore and lots of great shopping. Dean & DeLuca, Kate Spade, even Bloomingdale's has a branch there now.

4. In Soho, there's a swish new hotel with very distinctive decor, the Crosby Street Hotel (on Crosby Street of course) near Spring St. I think--it's a fun place for lunch or to have a drink. It's owned by a couple who also own about six hotels in London.

5. If you're going to see something on Broadway, Joe Allen's on Restaurant Row (46th St. between 8th & 9th Avenues) is always reliably good and not outrageously expensive. Barbetta and Orso in the same block are Italian, more expensive and also good. Orso is more contemporary, Barbetta more old world. Most all will have prix fixe theatre menus.

6. If you've not been to the Frick Museum, it's at 70th & Fifth Avenue and it's a fabulous collection with a wonderful free audio guide tour. Bring your local museum membership cards and they may get you into some of the NYC museums for free.

I also like the International Center of Photography on Sixth Avenue at 43rd Street (across from Bryant Park). Their exhibits are usually quite interesting.

7. I take subways and busses a lot--the former is usually the fastest way to cover any distance. You can get free transfers between these modes of transport within any 2-hour window. All the stations have kiosks that sell Metro cards--and you can "reload" them if needed; they're good on busses too.

8. For a special breakfast or brunch, I recommend Sarabeth's Kitchen. They're on Central Park South (next to Mickey Mantle's bar and near the St. Moritz hotel), also at 92nd & Madison (not far from the Met) and also on Columbus Avenue.

9. Try to get tickets to see SOUTH PACIFIC at Lincoln Center. Tickets are expensive but worth every cent! The music is so gorgeous that you'll leave singing the score--and there were a few times when I almost had tears streaming down my face, it was so moving.

10. If you're near Lincoln Center, Rosa Mexicana is a fun place to dine (they also have a restaurant on the East side). And you have to have the guacamole that they make tableside. It's the best you've ever eaten.

Hope this helps--enjoy!
Jan Jessup, Calico Corners

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