NYC is one of my favorite places. I have been coming here regularly since I was in high school seeing Broadway shows and exploring the city. I’m lucky to live a train ride away. I love architecture. The angles and lines of the cityscape are entrancing to me. Midtown is the tourist destination, but I like to visit Chelsea and go downtown to Soho. I love the cast-iron buildings. The brownstones. The intricate windows and doors. So much history and artistry wrapped into one.
We stayed at the Hotel Edison near Times Square. The hotel is in a great location, it was clean and check-in was easy. I have stayed a few places in NYC and the room was updated compared to others. Just a tip: Hotel rooms in NYC are small because they are really just for resting, if you are in the city you should be out in the city! Fun fact about Hotel Edison, the bar The Rum House is the one featured in Academy Award winning movie Birdman.
Last week I got to enjoy my Christmas present of tickets to see Jersey Boys! I know this musical has been around for some time now and why I am just getting to see it?? well I don’t know!? I recently saw and loved the movie version. The show on Broadway (my 12th!) was nothing short of entertaining! I have a lot of respect for those performers on that stage. What they do, 6 days a week, 7 shows a week, it is impressive! I always tell people who think they don’t want to see a show to please just go. You will love it. You will be entertained. There is no doubt. And it’s important to support theater arts and keep that culture going.
It was an overcast, drizzly night in the city, but luckily it was not extremely cold. We dined at one of our favorite restaurants in Chelsea called Crispo. If you love Italian food, you will love Crispo. It has a quaint & warm atmosphere. There is even an outdoor seating area in back during the summer months.
Just have to add they have the cutest candle-lit restrooms!
The Spaghetti Carbonara is life changing – Now I can’t contemplate making it at home without the poached egg on top.
Whatever you do save room for dessert. I recommend anything really, but the zeppoles and crème brûlée are a perfect combination! (not pictured unfortunately)
I generally just love to take in the outdoors of NYC, walk the streets and relax in Central Park. But it was a rainy day, so we did the next best thing…shopping! I decided to stop by a few fav spots.
My favorite store of all Tinsel Trading Company now exists on Lexington Avenue, between 63rd and 64th street. The rain was holding off a bit, so we made the half hour walk and enjoyed some Starbucks along the way. Bonus: there is a puppy store near Tinsel Trading – holy cute!
I browsed the store a few times and ended up getting some items to use for displays. A metal chain that comes complete with clips and is about 5-6 feet long. Also these cool spiral wires for hanging banners that have cute custom hooks created by Wendy Addison. The possibilities are endless, and I am planning to use them for my massive mantle which I am working on decorating right now. I’ve also had vintage metal clips on my list for a while and found the perfect ones. It’s great when a plan comes together! Everything I love right now is industrial style, french cottage meets rustic farmhouse with a very small hint of retro. It’s kind of eclectic, but that’s where I am at.
We hopped the subway to Grand Central station to check out the shops. I love the buzz of the station. It was lunchtime so it was busy. There’s a darling shop called Cursive with unique stationary items and gifts.
We were getting hungry, so we hopped the subway further downtown to Bleecker street and headed into Little Italy. We popped into a pizzeria on Mulberry street just as it was raining for some salad and a margherita pizza. Fresh and hot.
We stopped at Studio Manhattan. It’s an innovative photographer/designer of small canvas photos of NYC. I ended up selecting this one of the Flatiron building. It’s unique to more of the district that I visit and I like the contrasting yellow taxi. I love finding things in travel that I can add to my gallery wall.
Next up were the paper stores. I was disappointed to find out Kate’s Paperie currently does not have a brick and mortar store! That was always a favorite for me. I visited Paper Source and Papyrus instead, picking up a few letterpress cards and gifts. I am on the hunt for thin washi tape, but no luck here. After a little more browsing, we flagged a cab to head back to the train station and make our way home.
It wasn’t until later that evening that we realized at that moment we were in the cab the gas explosion in the East Village occurred. Such a tragedy and sad sight to see in a place with so much history. My thoughts go out to the victims, their families and those affected by the tragic event. If you are interested in helping out, check out this woman’s story and donate to help her family!
What do you like to do when visiting NYC?
Have you seen a Broadway show yet? I highly recommend it!
Any recommendations for thin washi tape?