I’m the type of person who loves to plan. When going on a trip I read and plan and usually know exactly what I want to do and see before leaving home. The nice thing about this latest trip to New York was that I left some time for exploring and serendipity. In a city as huge as New York, there is always something exciting to discover.
What else I loved, in no particular order:
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one.
The memorial to John Lennon in Central Park.
The shop windows are always a treat, and this time I especially loved the ones at Tiffany and Co. There were little beach scenes with metal umbrellas, and a gold or silver bauble or two.
Louis Vuitton had a prehistoric theme.
There are little pockets of the luxury that existed along Fifth Avenue starting after the turn of the 20th century. This window is by Lalique who designed the windows for cosmetics firm Coty in 1912. The Coty building is still open, and is now home to Henri Bendel.
Bendel’s today is a shadow of its former self when store president Geraldine Stutz was breaking ground with her boutique-within-the-store concept. It is owned by The Limited and sells mainly accessories. Still the store is worth going into just to ogle at the windows and to think of how rich and powerful Coty was 100 years ago.
These might have been in any number of the fine jewelry establishments on Fifth Avenue, but they weren’t. These earrings are in the Met, and are Byzantine, made in about the 6th century and found in Cyprus in 1902.
Honestly, the food stands in Chinatown almost made me wish I were a food blogger.
In the late 19th century this stretch of Sixth Avenue was known as the Ladies Mile. All the elegant stores were located here, and so a lady could easily patronize her favorites. Today it is home to many mass merchandisers, like TJ Maxx.
I had to laugh at this billboard about Little Edie.
I had not planned on doing any vintage shopping, but how could I pass by and not at least look? This shop was a pleasant surprise. With so many vintage stores these days selling nothing made before I graduated high school (1973) Ritual Vintage was a shop full of older clothing, beautifully displayed.
One of the many beautiful sweets shops
Breakfast in Bryant Park
Love, by Robert Indiana
A lunchtime friend, Baxley
I had to have a serving of vegetables…
Thanks to all of you who have read and commented on my many trip posts. It has been fun sharing the museums and shopping with you who share my interests, and writing the posts made me sit and critically think through all that I’d seen.