We Can All Be Fashionistas, Can’t We?

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If you’ve noticed a horde of extremely tall, whip-thin, effortlessly stylish ladies with shiny hair parading up and down the streets of New York for the past few days (well, even more than usual), there’s a reason: it’s Fashion Week!  You may or may not be one of the chosen few invited to compare notes with Anna Wintour at the Zac Posen show or swoon over Carolina Herrera’s 2014 spring line; I’m certainly not. But even if you can’t count yourself among the couture elite, fear not–at least you can look the part if you check out these sample sales:

The Scoop NYC Clothing & Accessories sale features 80% off on men and women’s clothing, outerwear, shoes and handbags. Designers include Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, Paul Smith, DSquared and John Varvatos. Sale runs from 11 am to 8 pm in their Soho store.

There’s an Elie Tahari warehouse sale at the Chelsea Market from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 7 pm.

Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Prada and others are all featured in a sale at European Classic in the garment district. Everyone’s welcome, but you must have an appointment. Call 917-821-7751 to set one up.

Sand by Saya sells elegant footwear and accessories. Get up to 75% off until the 21st from 10:30 am to 7 pm at their offices at 37 West 39th St. (between 5th and 6th).

 

 

 

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Up to 80% off women’s and men’s clothing, outerwear, shoes and handbags at the Scoop NYC Warehouse Sale.

Designer Women’s styles include Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, IRO, Alice and Olivia, Phillip Lim, Roberto Cavalli, Current Elliot, Alexander Wang, Veda, SEA and more. Designer Men’s styles include Gant by Michael Bastian, Paul Smith, Rag & Bone, Dsquared, John Varvatos, Martin Margiela and Etro.

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WHEN: 2/12 – 2/16; W-Sat (10:30-7), Sun (10:30-5)

WHERE: Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue
between 15th & 16th Streets
New York, NY 10011

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WHEN: 2/12 – 2/16; W-Sat (10:30-7), Sun (10:30-5)

WHERE: Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue
between 15th & 16th Streets
New York, NY 10011

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WHEN: 2/12 – 2/16; W-Sat (10:30-7), Sun (10:30-5)

WHERE: Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue
between 15th & 16th Streets
New York, NY 10011

- See more at: http://thestylishcity.com/elie-tahari-warehouse-sale-2#sthash.i6kJlXNo.dpuf

Take A Stroll Down Thompson Street

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Thompson Street runs from Washington Square South through the Village and Soho and is a lovely and active route to amble down on a sunny day. Previous residents include the late Frank Zappa at #180, plus various Bonnano and Genovese family members. (I’d tell you where they lived, but…)

Start at Kee’s Chocolates at #80. Their incredible handmade chocolates and macaroons will give you energy for your journey.

INA, at #101, is a designer consignment store. Drop in and see if you’re interested in someone else’s hand-me-downs, or bring our own older designer duds. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. (Isn’t that the saying?) But the trash here is high-class trash, got it? Plus INA recently produced its own line of women and men’s clothing.

The Hat Shop at #120 sells chapeaus both fancy and functional.

ZZ’s Clam Bar, at #169, is for all things seafood: a raw bar, ceviches, carpaccio… think of a way you like your fish prepared and I’m sure they do it.

Beer fans will love The Malt House gastropub at #206. They’ll help you pair their extensive brands of micro-brews on tap with their yummy comfort food.

Generations Records at #210 sells…records. (Remember them?) They have an extensive metal and punk collection and frequent live in-store performances.

The Chess Forum at #219 sells beautiful chess sets at all price points, plus chess-related items, like clocks and tournament supplies.

Speaking of games,The Uncommons at #230, describes itself as, “Manhattan’s first and only play cafe.” Sip a warm cup of coffee or tea while you obliterate your opponent at Checkers, Clue, Backgammon, Monopoly, Pictionary or practically any other game you can think of.

And for the kids? Vesuvio Playground, formerly known as Thompson Playground (the new moniker was taken from the popular Italian bakery on nearby Prince Street) is between Spring and Prince.

Happy strolling!

 

 

 

We Heart Christmas Windows

Christmas windows have been a huge part of the New York City holiday season for years. I distinctly remember anxiously waiting on line, then standing as high as I could on my tip-toes to peer at the Lord & Taylor windows when I was a little girl. I can’t imagine it’s much different for the kiddos these days.

Here’s a quick rundown of where to see them and the themes:

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Macy’s (34th & Broadway) is a technology-heavy winter wonderland in its presentation, with an interactive element where you can change what’s happening on the screen with your movements.

The theme of Lord & Taylor (39th & 5th) windows seem much the same as when I was a kid (and this is meant as a compliment). The windows are inspired by vintage New York City, capturing the city’s history of tradition and heritage. The store aims to tell you a holiday story in each window as you walk down Fifth Avenue. And as always, Santa shows up.

The windows at Saks Fifth Avenue (51st & 5th) will depict the story of the Saks Fifth Avenue Yeti, (a cute, not-at-all-scary abominable snowman) said to live on the store’s roof and make snow during the holiday season. And every evening, there’s a 3D light show that maps the holiday story onto the building’s exterior.

Bergdorf Goodman (58th & 5th) goes for the fashion jugular, featuring a “holidays on ice wonderland feast of fashion” displaying clothing from the chicest of the chic.

Barney’s (62nd & Madison) can always be counted on to out-window all the other windows. Visual artist Joanie Lemercier collaborated with Jay Z (Hova!) for four futuristic set pieces complete with incredible light shows and a mini-theater. Visitors can actually become part of the display by climbing inside the last window to take a virtual ride on Santa’s sleigh.

And, finally, the windows at Bloomingdale’s (59th & Lexington) have different county themes, like France, Italy or China. Each window features a big box that swivels around to reveal different scenes in each country.

 

Think Small

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Hey folks! Today is Small Business Saturday! If you’re spending the day shopping, please try to visit the independent stores of the city. The Village’s Mom & Pop stores are the heart and soul of our neighborhood, and we want to keep them alive and kicking.

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FYI, if you’re an American Express card holder, you can register your card to get a one-time $10 statement credit for spending $10 or more in a single, in-store transaction tomorrow at some small businesses in the Village.

Wherever you shop today, please think small for that last-minute Hannukah gift or early Christmas present.

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

It's That Time Of Year…For Craft Fairs!

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Personally I hate that the holiday season–at least its commercial side–appears to start earlier and earlier every year. We’ve barely wiped off our Halloween makeup when the television ads and newspaper circulars start flying at us full force.

That being said, the holidays are indeed upon us and they do necessitate buying gifts so it’s time to get organized, people. Certainly our Jewish chums need to get on the ball, because Hannukkah starts in just a little more than a week! Yes, it’s Thanksgivukkah–brought to you by a calendar clash that happens once in a gazillion years.

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So way before there are stockings to stuff, there will be eight nights of gifts to be given. And here in New York, there are a bunch of seasonal craft fairs throughout the city where you can find unusual and cool gifts.

The Grand Central Holiday Fair is open every day–and blessedly indoors, which is such a plus on a chilly day. Seventy six vendors will be hawking ornaments, clothing, jewelry and home decor items.

The Union Square Holiday Market viagra no prescription isn’t open until the 21st, but it will be open seven days a week through December 24th. Not only can you get wonderful crafts, but you can stock up on produce and meats at the Farmer’s Market.

The Bryant Park Holiday Shops features more than 120 artisans and merchants from around the world through January 5th.

And finally, when it opens on December 3rd, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market will feature over a hundred vendors and a wide selection of unique and handmade gifts.

Happy shopping!

Halloween Is Popping Up All Over!

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Everyone loves Halloween. What’s not to love? The holiday just screams fun. Fulfilling a fantasy to be someone (or something) other than yourself for at least a few hours certainly trumps stuffing your face with turkey and cranberry sauce in my book. (I mean, I can be Marilyn Monroe and eat tootsie rolls double-fisted at the same time? Yep. Count me in.)

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I really don’t think there is any place that is as passionate about the holiday as Greenwich Village. The annual Halloween parade is an unbelievable spectacle of creativity and good humor. The event was cancelled last year, possibly for the first time. (Damn you, Sandy!) But it’s back on, and I dare you to find a more inventive bunch than the Draculas, goblins, zombies, Duck Dynasty dudes or Miley Cyrus wannabees that will march up Sixth Avenue this October 31.

In fact, Halloween is a big deal around the entire city. buy cheap viagra in uk Shopkeepers keep overflowing bowls of candy on hand for sugar-obsessed kiddies that trick or treat along Broadway. Apartment buildings hold lobby pizza parties for their tiniest tenants before they knock on their neighbors’ doors begging for yummy things. Costumes are planned and discussed extensively weeks–even months–ahead.

Which brings me to the phenomenon of Halloween costume pop-up stores. Pop-ups begin appearing in late September all around the city. Probably the most widely-known is the transformation of Ricky’s stores into temporary Halloween stores. Ricky’s is a local funky beauty/fashion chain that converts a bunch of their outlets into costume emporiums every October. Make-up, wigs, entire costumes…everything you need you can find here. (By the way, the regular Ricky’s is pretty great, too.)

Halloween Pop-Up at 475 Sixth Avenue (between W.11th and W.12th)  has a bunch of prepackaged costumes plus a big supply of paraphernalia. Rotten teeth? Check. Fake blood and guts? Uh-huh.

Nifty Thrifty, an online vintage shop, is hosting a pop-up inside a Williamsburg barbershop (Seven Stars Beauty Salon, 556 Grand St. near. Lorimer St.) from October 25th through the 27th. Nifty Thrifty has a more create-it-yourself vibe than the other pop-ups. You’ll find everything from vintage prom dresses (Carrie!) to legwarmers from the 70′s (Flashdance!) and it’s up to you to make it work.

Between all the great options here in the city, I predict that it’s going to be a great Halloween.

I’m still on the fence as to my costume. What are you going to be?

 

Take A Stroll Down University Place

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University Place runs canada pharmacy from Washington Square Park in the south to East 14th at Union Square. There are plenty of things to do, buy, and eat on this short street. Here are but a few:

At #40, William-Wayne & Co. deals in fine china tableware, flatware and crystal. The pieces are unique, so it’s a great place for stand-out gifts.

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DoggyStyle at #46 for will groom your hound while you shop for chic canine accessories and treats for your newly-gorgeous pup.

La Petite Coquette at #51, or “The Little Flirt” provides undies for everyone and every occasion–from T-shirt bras  and briefs to pearl G-strings. The store is well-known for ensuring proper bra fits.

Argo Tea, at #75, is, “passionate about bringing teas directly from growers around the world and blending them into unique and delicious signature beverages and teas.” Sustainability, quality, charity and employee diversity are key parts of the company’s mandate. Oh, and good tea. (Try the Red Velvet–red tea, raspberry and white chocolate.)

Village Taverna at #81 specializes in Greek food. Chow down on tzatziki, spanakopitakia and avgolemono (chicken soup!), while exploring their vast menu of Greek wines.

If you enjoy Mexican food, strong margaritas and tacky decorations, head to El Cantinero at #86. Drinks cost only $5 during Happy Hour–5 p.m.to 8 p.m.

Bowlmor Lanes has a location at #110. Think bar/lounge with bowling. Waitresses serve pitchers of beer to those over-21 while they play. The dark lanes with neon pins give it that nightclub feel.

 

Take A Stroll Down Perry Street

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Perry Street has a few one-of-a-kind retail shops and restaurants nestled in among the online canadian pharmacy brownstones on this lovely, tree-lined road in the heart of the Village.

Geminola at #41 is the place to go to get that perfect, stand-out frock for a special occasion. Re-worked vintage dresses and skirts and dip-dyed silks crowd the racks with other unique looks.

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Kaas Glassworks, at #117 sells beautiful pieces of decoupage under glass, put together by hand using reprinted images that the artists have collected from scouring flea markets, antique shows and estate sales. It has a great collection of trays, plates, coasters or paperweights, like a beautifully decorated tray decorated with sunflowers or owls for $142. Plus customers  can request custom made-to-order items.

A.P.C. Specials, at #92, is a surplus store for the A.P.C. brand–a preppy look for downtown hipsters. In this location you’ll find overstocks, novelties and discounts.

Saturdays Surf NYC at #17, is an espresso bar, a surf shop and a beauty products distributor all rolled into one. Where else can you sip coffee, window shop for surfboards and stock up on bathing suits and hair pomade all at the same time?

Duck into Aria Wine Bar at #117 for a cozy snack and glass of vino. Lots of small plates of nibbles (sauteed artichokes, baked clams) and pastas plus a wide selection of Italian wines by the glass.

If you love Latin food, head to Yerba Buena at #1. Arroz con pollo, ceviches, empanadas and tacos. Si, all yummy.

Oh–and fans of modern architecture should know that those gleaming apartment towers at #173 and #176 were designed by none other than Richard Meier.

 

Take a Stroll Down Greenwich Avenue

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Greenwich Avenue is most definitely one of the city’s shorter streets–it runs for only a few blocks from 6th Ave. and West 8th to 8th Ave. and West 13th at Jackson Square. (Got that? Good.)  But apparently good things can come in short packages.

Check out the Jefferson Market Garden on Greenwich between 6th Ave. and West 10th–a true oasis in the middle of the bustling Village. A selection of children’s activities and community events are held throughout the summer. (The rose garden should be blooming right about now.)

The Meatball Shop at #64 sells seriously delicious meatballs of all sorts: beef, pork, veggie or chicken. Pick your protein, pair it with one of their yummy sauces and you’ll be singing the praises of whoever dreamed up the idea to make these little meat and cheese laden globs of goodness. (She or he was a genius, I tell you!)

At #121, Otte sells hip clothing and accessories from the biggest designers du jour like Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang and Vanessa Bruno. It’s a wee expensive for my taste. I’m more apt to go to Star Struck Vintage at #47 for used, vintage and consignment duds. There are lots of gently used pieces from fancypants designers like Gucci and Christian Dior, but you can also pick up cheap stuff like men’s Hawaiian and bowling shirts. I’m not suggesting that you should, mind you, but it’s nice to know that you can.

Save Khaki at #112 is a New York-based company that, “brings new life to menswear basics through fit, feel, and color, with a streamlined, contemporary touch.” The clothes look basic but tasteful, and I didn’t blanch at the prices.

Here’s one you won’t see outside of the city: the NYC Firestore at #17, is a shop that carries anything and everything, at least apparel-wise, that NYC firefighters–and the people who admire them–could possibly want: T-shirts, patches, Christmas ornaments–all emblazoned with the FDNY logo. And of course firemen calendars!

If you’re feeling like some British grub, hit Tea & Sympathy at #108. Bangers and mash, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, Shepherd’s pie, treacle pudding–all the basics. And get this–the owners have refurbished a black viagra usa pharmacy London cab that they rent out for weddings, photo shoots and the like. Sadly, the oh-so-knowledgeable British cab driver does not come with the rental.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

What's Going On, Ronnie?

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Mr. Jenkins had two words for me today when I posed this question. Street. Fairs. (Okay, he didn’t actually say it like that, but I’m a blogger–I love drama.) According to Ronnie, ’tis the official season of tube socks, crepes, Mexican street corn, bonsai plants and cheapo sheets. Here’s a rundown of some of the better ones:

Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair: Tied in with the film festival, this fair runs 10 am to 6 pm next Saturday (4/27) on Greenwich between Chambers and Hubert. Kite flying, live chef demonstrations, cheap viagra on internet life-size bubbles in a Bubble Garden, dancing, live music and noshes. Lots of noshes.

Brooklyn Flea: Lafayette Ave. between Clermont and Vanderbilt in Fort Greene, Brooklyn on Saturdays and on East River State Park at N. 7 St. in Williamsburg on Sundays (10 am to 5 pm). Vendors sell everything from Indian crafts to bicycle paintings to birdhouse jewelry. The food alone is worth heading down to the BK: Dough Donuts, Handsome Hank’s Fish Hut and Maria’s Tacos are ready and waiting for you to chow down.

Hester Street Fair: Every Sunday from 10-6 throughout the summer on the corner of Hester and Essex. Vendors include handmade soaps by Filthy Farmgirl (I need them. Now.) to beautiful ceramics and jewelry. And yes…good food (s’mores!)

Crafts on Columbus: Columbus Ave. from 77th to 81st streets. Operates the next few weekends (4/27-28, 5/4-5, 5/11-12). Fantastic jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, clothing, quilts and children’s toys. A block away from the American Museum of Natural History.

Spring has definitely sprung.