Saturday, January 28, 2012

Things I Miss About New York

It's been about 7 months since I left New York but I'm beginning to get a little homesick for it, especially as it turns the corner Fashion Week. Obviously, I miss my friends, family, and working in the heart of the fashion world most but here are a few other things I miss:

Lunch at MacarOn Cafe: Macaron has the best French macarons in the prettiest assortments and yummiest flavors. My favorite thing to get there is the "Farm Salad" which is a salad of mixed greens, beets, carrots, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and an amazing dressing. MacarOn Cafe, 161 W. 36th Street (Between Broadway and 7th) and 625 Madison Ave. Entrance on 59th Street, New York City, NY

Duane Reade: Duane Reade is the major drug store that lies only in the NYC Metro-Area. I have a weird obsession with perusing drugstores and DR is one of my faves. Duane Reade often have amazing beauty sections with high quality products mixed amongst your favorite beauty brands.

Brunch at Papillon: I am a big brunch person, and my friend Alison and I would often hit up Papillon for mimosas and eggs benedict on weekend mornings. They have a great location in Midtown East right near the park and 5th Avenue shopping.  Papillon Bistro, 22 E 54st Street (between Madison and 5th), New York, NY

The Amazing Fur Coats Styles: If you read this blog on the regular, you can see my love of furry things. Here in San Francisco it is A. Too Warm (It never gets below the mid-40's here) B. Too Animal Friendly (Get ready for people to throw paint on you) to wear fur. In New York, the most beautiful furs are part of the street style and they definitely make me smile.

Snacks at Pret A Manger: There is a Pret A Manger on almost every block in Manhattan and they have the best fresh healthy snacks.  Pret (A London-based company) creates handmade, natural food, avoiding the obscure chemicals, additives and preservatives common to so much of the 'prepared' and 'fast' food on the market today.

Fashion Week: When working in fashion, Fashion Week can be very stressful and busy -that means long days, tons of fittings, meetings, and organizing.  However, there is also something so amazing about Fashion Week, the whole city changes overnight, it is the culmination of thousands of people's hard work and a new season of wearable art.

7th Avenue/Fashion Avenue:  No street in the world has more amazing designers, fabrics wholesalers, factories, and showrooms in a concentrated area. The Garment District has been home to worlds greatest designers for over a 100 years. In fact, my great grandfather and grandfather worked on the avenue in the industry for over a combined 75 years. Many people of Jewish and Italian ancestry can trace their roots back to 7th Avenue where they were able to find work in the Garment District after immigrating.

Bergdorf Goodman: is a luxury goods department store based on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City.  It has the most gorgeous designer clothing, I love their 5F contemporary section and their cute purple toes.  The company was founded in 1899 by Herman Bergdorf and was later owned and managed by Edwin Goodman. Today, Bergdorf operates from two stores situated across the street from each other at Fifth Avenue between 57th and 58th Streets. Bergdorf Goodman's main store, which opened at its current location in 1928, is located on the west side of Fifth Avenue. A separate men's store, established in 1990, is located on the east side of Fifth Avenue, directly across the street. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 5th Avenue at 58th, New York City, NY

Sitting in the snow in Central Park: I love Central Park especially in the snow. We don't have snow here in San Francisco, so I still get excited by it. I didn't mind the harsh winter in New York, sometimes I'd head off to work early to sit on the benches and watch people walk their dogs in the snow. I loved to get wrapped up and watch the squirrels run around the nearly empty park. That was the coolest thing about Central Park, that in the midst of one the busiest cities in the world, on a weekday morning, it could be completely quiet.

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