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.

 

 

Take A Stroll Down Bleecker Street

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One of the most popular streets in the village, it was named after the Bleecker family, because the road ran straight through their family farm in the late 18th century. Today the chickens and horses have been replaced by perfume shops and shoe stores and pastry shops.

Amy’s Bread (#250) A fantastic bakery with a small cafe serving sandwiches and noshes. The black olive twists are to die for.

Diptyque (#377) is the first U.S. online viagra foray for this French parfumer. Check out the variety of eaux de toilette, candles, colognes and body-care products.

John’s of Bleecker Street (#278) has been dishing out yummy, brick oven pizza since 1929. On the website it’s recommended by none other than Jack Black (Tenacious D!).  Black says that the pizza is so good, “I get it plain.” High praise, indeed.

Rocco’s Pastry Shop and Espresso Cafe (#243)  Cannoli’s, my friends. Cannolis. That is all.

(Word to the wise: You can skip Magnolia Bakery at #401, made famous by the ladies of Sex & the City. There’s a reason those ladies were so skinny–the cupcakes aren’t very good.)

Bleecker Street Records (#239): Yes, you can still buy vinyl, CDs and posters on Bleecker just like back in the day.

Murray’s Cheese (# 254): The best, best, best cheese shop in the city.

(Le) Poisson Rouge (#158) The new incarnation of the famed Village Gate features reasonably priced music of all genres. Classical, gospel, hip-hop, R&B, funk…everything from electronic to Americana to a string quartet.

Plus some fancy clothes:

Jimmy Choo (#407): Shoes!

Jack Spade (#409): Men’s store by Kate’s hubby.

Ralph Lauren has several outposts on Bleecker. RRL (#381) for jeans, boots and vests. Across the street, Rugby (#390) sells more traditional, preppy Lauren gear.

And that’s a little taste of Bleecker…

 

 

Take A Stroll Down Christopher Street

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Everyone remembers Christopher Street as the center of the gay rights movement in the 60′s and 70′s. Many moons later it’s still a vibrant thoroughfare right in the middle of the Village full of shops and bars for gays and straights alike.

McNulty’s Tea and Coffee Company (#109) buy viagra with discount has been selling rare coffees and teas since 1895. As a matter of fact, it feels just like you’ve been transported back to the 19th century once you walk through the doors. Caffeine junkies regularly flock here for the variety. (You need to try the chocolate covered espresso beans before you die. Really…you do.)

Propel yourself forward into the 21st century with Rag and Bone (#104). If hipster is your thing, this is the place you should go. Hipsters with money, that is. The clothes are cute, but only if you have cash to burn. Thriftier folks will make out if they wait for the sales.

Aedes de Venustas (#9) is heaven for perfume lovers. Another expensive joint, but you can also find lovely scented things for less. The parfums can run up a hefty tab, so try the bath gels and soaps…you can get that luxurious feeling without maxing out your credit card.

Il Cantuccio Bakery: Two Italian bakers opened up an American offshoot of their Tuscan cafe at #91. Pizza, biscotti, sandwiches on schiacciata (a type of foccacia) and cantucci (kind of like a biscotti but softer and made with no butter or oil) are killer.

Of course we can’t forget the Stonewall Inn (#53), the site of the legendary 1969 riots, in which patrons stood up to police that had constantly harassed them for drinking and dancing with same-sex partners. It’s still going strong seven days a week with special shows and parties catering primarily to gay folks.

Another fun joint is The Duplex (#61)–a piano bar and cabaret. Bring your pipes for sing-alongs. Straights are welcome, especially if they can belt one out!

 

It's Cheaper Than A Psychiatrist…

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It’s President’s Day and if you’re visiting New York, or a resident with a free day and a little bit of cash to burn, check out some big sales happening:

Alessi: The Italian home design store is holding viagra online a warehouse sale at their Soho store,130 Greene St. by Prince in Soho. You can expect deep discounts (up to 70 percent off) on discontinued, slightly irregular items and floor samples. Hours are 11 am-7 pm.

Fjallraven:  Head to 21 Howard St. (between Crosby and Lafayette) and snag a bargain. The Swedish outdoor clothing brand is holding a sample sale on both men and women’s merchandise. Markdowns are up to 85% off retail. We’re talking down coats from $50 to $175 and pants from $40 to $90. Hours are 11 am – 7 pm.

Junelle: Hop the subway to Williamsburg for this cool boutique’s sample sale. Up to 75% off high-fashion duds. Labels include Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Rachel Comey, A Détacher, Mayle, Raquel Allegra and VPL, The shop is located at 148 Bedford (between N. 8th and N 9th Sts. Hours are 12 pm – 7 pm.

Broadway Panhandler: This kitchen store has been a city favorite for over 30 years, and they’re offering up to half off on their cookware and culinary goods. (Wusthof bread knives for only 50 bucks? Yes, please!)  East 8th between Greene and University. 11 am – 7 pm.

And the grandaddy of them all…the Barney’s New York warehouse sale. Every native New Yorker has at least one story of the best bargain ever–and I mean ever–landed at Barney’s. (Mine is a beautiful suede jacket.) Yes, it’s crowded, but we know that you’re strong. Head to 255 W. 17th (between 7th and 8th Aves.) Open 10 am – 9 pm.