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Strolling in New York

September 2, 2011

The best way to experience any city is to foot it and stroll around with no particular plan in mind. You always end up stumbling upon things you never expected.

Our second day we started by taking the subway down to Soho, where I indulged in the greatest fashion high! Honestly, if you are going to NYC and are a fashion junkie, this is your spot! I completely lost myself in the Helmut Lang/Theyskens’ Theory store and the Marc Jacobs flagship store, both on Mercer Street. I also fell further in love with Free People at their Spring Street store and renewed my old affection for Anna Sui at her flagship on Greene Street. A store where both my man and myself could appreciate the merchandise was the Rag & Bone store on Mercer Street as well – LOVE! And they had some great sales on!

While in Soho, we stumbled upon an unassuming hole-in-the-wall, Fanelli’s Cafe, and had lunch – it was amazing!

SW corner of Prince St. & Mercer St.

This place has been open since 1847! Loved the character, our server was lovely and the food was crazy good! I had a crab cake sandwich – fresh, sweet Maryland crab and onions made into the biggest crab cake I’ve ever seen on a super soft and sweet fresh baked onion bun… drooooool. And my boyfriend had fresh made pumpkin filled ravioli smothered in devilishly creamy homemade alfredo sauce with chorizo sausage… need I say more, you have to go!

With our bellies full, we made our way into Greenwich Village. We strolled down Bleeker, scoping out bars to come back to later that night, before stumbling into Washington Square Park…

… where we took a rest by the fountain the watched some kids splash around.

We continued on through the village and I got very snap-happy with all the incredible old buildings. I may have an obsession with fire escapes…

We soon found ourselves in Chelsea where we explored the famous Chelsea Market. I’m glad to see such a cool old building steeped in history kept alive.

We were so delighted to find High Line Park. The High Line is a long abandoned railway line elevated above the city streets that has been converted into a wonderful walkway plotted with gardens, water features and plenty of lounging spots. Spanning from just south of W 13th St. up to W 30th St. makes this a real gem of the city, offering excellent views.

At the end of the High Line we saw a make-shift outdoor roller skating rink set up! We had to investigate…

For the summer, this empty space under the High Line was set up with picnic tables, food trucks and a bar area accompanying the temporary roller skating rink. After a couple drinks, we decided to go for it! We rented some skates, laced up and I took to the old fashioned skates like a newborn antelope – roller blades are waaaay easier!

I had to buy socks too, since going sockless wasn’t allowed (and kinda gross)

Can you tell how hard I’m concentrating?

We had a blast! When the place closed down at 10:30, we walked back to Bleeker St. and hung out at the legendary bar Kenny’s Castaways, listening to their wicked jam band until we longed for bed. Day 2 complete.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2011 4:05 pm

    OMG these pics are making me miss NYC!!! Looks like you had so much fun!


    • September 3, 2011 12:24 pm

      We had so much fun, I love that city!!! Lucky for us we got home Thursday afternoon, just before the hole hurricane craziness.

  2. September 6, 2011 9:29 am

    Thats good! It is lined with lining… but both hems are hand stitched that took way too long!!!! haha

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