So What Do You Feel Like Doing This Weekend?

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There’s plenty to do here in the city!

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is a prohibition-era inspired gathering on Governor’s Island. Dance lessons, vintage portraits, a 1920′s motor car exhibition and a pie contest are just some of the activities offered. Listen to the various musical performances while you munch on everything from chop suey to grilled bratwurst. Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. General admission is $35. If you miss it, there’s another party planned for August 16th and 17th.

The American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center is a selective one, with 180 master artisans from every region of the United States chosen on the basis of quality of workmanship and uniqueness and design. Festival hours are 12 pm to 9 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 9 pm on Sunday. Admission is free and the show will go on rain or shine.

Seventh Heaven Festival Brooklyn takes place on Father’s Day every year. Over 500 vendors will be hawking food and crafts along 7th Avenue from Flatbush Avenue to 16th Street in Park Slope.

Special Edition NYC is a two-day comic con convention that focuses solely on comic books. It’s a mini-version of the larger Comic Con that is held in October. Top comic creators, artists and publishers will be attending. Get info and tickets ($30 pre-show) here.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there. It looks like the weather will be nice, so get out and enjoy!

Image via Anna Fischer/Flickr


My Chelsea Market Favorites

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The Chelsea Market, located in the Meatpacking District, is a favorite destination for food-happy New Yorkers. Not only is it the headquarters of the Food Network Channel, but it’s home to dozens of restaurants and food-centric retail stores.

Bowery Kitchen Supply: You don’t have to be a professional chef to appreciate this store (although many do shop here). They carry everything from half sheet pans to stainless steel work tables to stock pots to smoking guns. They sell tons of gadgets and chef tools that at the very least will make you feel like you know what you’re doing in the kitchen.

Buon Italia is for all things Italian: cheese, pasta, charcuterie, olive oils, polenta…anything you could possibly think of. Everything is of high quality; I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve purchased here. If you’re starving while looking at all the goodies, they’ve got ready-made snacks and pastries for sale to tide you over.

Dickson’s Farmstand sells artisanal lamb, poultry, beef, pork and goat that are all sourced from local farms. Again–the quality is high and the staff can speak knowledgeably on how and where each animal was raised. I drool every time I visit this store. (You can order on-line too.)

Friedman’s Lunch serves the most amazing grilled cheese sandwich with gruyere and white cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and bacon on a grilled ciabbata in the world. Cheat on your diet good. Kill your mama good. So good that I would consider requesting it for my final meal on death row. Yep, that good.

Chelsea Wine Vault sells an impressive array of wines, plus employs a knowledgeable staff that can steer you to the vino of your dreams  in any price point. They also have fun (and reasonably priced) wine tasting classes.

Check it out!

 

Hester Street Fair Is Back

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As comes spring, so do the street fairs. This weekend marks the seasonal opening of one of my favorites: the Hester Street Fair, on the Lower East Side.

It’s clearly in a fitting location, since historically this area was smack dab in the middle of the pushcart market at the turn of the century. The pickle vendors from the days of yore have been updated with the times: Luke’s Lobster, Deviant Chef (serving up Asian and Latin-inspired burgers) and Little Muenster (fancy grilled cheese are just a few of the food stalls.

You can also scout vintage clothing and jewelry, Filthy Farmgirl handmade soaps, ceramics by Dana Riseberg and Tilit Chef, which sells kitchen duds like aprons, pants, hats and bandanas.

The fair takes place on Saturdays and Sundays 11 am – 6 pm at the corner of Hester and Essex. Take the F, J, M or Z to Delancey.

Check it out!

 

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).

 

 

 

473-475 Broadway
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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

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

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.