Elizabeth Street (Little Italy) – delightful garden

Updated from 2015

There is a small park – Elizabeth Street Gardens – on Elizabeth Street , between Prince & Spring streets (Little Italy) that is very unusual. While not open all the time it is a great place to have lunch (bring your own) or picnic or sit in the shade. You will be surrounded by statuary of all kinds. Oh by the way, it is free. Check here for when open.

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The Elizabeth Street Gallery, open to the public in a park like setting, contains a variety of ornamental stonework, some of it depicting mythological figures

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I walked the length of Elizabeth Street and found most of the people enjoying the day. The restaurants were busy and  those stores that were open had customers.

Most of the buildings in the area are multifamily, or apartment buildings dating from the first decade or two of the 20th Century

Some people think that the boundary between Chinatown and SOHOis mid-block between Kenmare and Spring,  The area to the south is mostly Chinese.

Before  the virus arrived the northern area was home to upscale galleries and shops north of Kenmare.

As of this date,  many shops have closed due to the pandemic. The street is filled mostly with outside dining. and there is a lot of construction going on. However, visiting the garden is still very enjoyable and all along the street people were animated and enjoying their visit. Most wearing masks and other than restaurants and bars, keeping some separation between each other

I am confident that after we solve the health situation  These  two blocks just South of Houston will, again, become quite alive and quite trendy.

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Carved, painted and lettered shingle signs that hang over the sidewalk are becoming popular in the neighborhoods where the hip people go,
 Photos taken on November 8, 2020

Trivia

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Elizabeth and Hester may be the only intersection in Manhattan where both streets are women’s first names, though Hester isn’t used much anymore. Elizabeth Street is one of the few major streets in Manhattan that begins and ends at a T-shaped intersection.

How to enjoy a Sunny Day in NYC

Yesterday, I noticed an article about Digital Art Month. What interested me was a their plan to have an art display along 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue. The day was sunny and mild and just waiting for a leisurely walk.

So, off I go!

I decided to begin at 57th Street and 5th Avenue and then head up 5th Ave to east 61st Street and then up along Madison Avenue.

Using their map. I set off on my journey. For whatever reasons, I found only a few of the displays(However, It could have been my inability to recognize them).

Having walked several locks I decided to walk back to where I began. I wondered if I could add something to this walk ? Just to be outside on a pleasant day is good enough.

Mid Town Fashion

I thought this was a little different. In hind sight I would have set the camera to manual focus
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Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry
Michael Kors

Madison Avenue Art Displays

Central Park

Contemporary Art

Please stay safe. Avoid large crowds, wear your mask, stay outside and keep moving?

NYC – A Saturday Walk on Madison Avenue to The Jewish Museum

What to do on a beautiful Saturday in NYC that is FREE?

This Saturday NYC  had a touch of warmer weather and I went  outside for my daily walk.  Not having too much extra money, the question was where to go and what to do?

 

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I decided to walk up the west side of Madison Avenue from 86th Street to 92nd Street [Along these 6 blocks are some small boutiques that offer very unique and beautiful clothing and accessories]

 

The Jewish Museum

and end up at The Jewish Museum at 92nd and 5th Avenue. Why this Museum? On Saturdays, it is free and they always have a special exhibition. 

Lets begin our walk. Here are a few of the stores: Brooks Brothers, Jack Rogers, CrewCuts, Joie, Ankasa, Alico & Olivia and Clic to name a few.

Of course, along the way, there are always curious little things to discover in store displays

There are several places to enjoy lunch or a coffee

The Jewish Museum

Rachel Feinstein is an American artist who specializes in sculpture. She is best known for baroque, fantasy-inspired sculptures like “The Snow Queen”, which was drawn from a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

 
 

 Edith Halpert (1900–1970) was the first significant female gallerist in the United States, propelling American art to the fore at a time when the European avant-garde still enthralled the world.

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Sunday Morning

 

This is an older block, somewhat related here 

here is another one here

Walking 5th Ave Mid-Summer Fashion Windows

A walk along 5th Avenue can be enjoyable if you take time to look at the many store windows. Also, don’t be afraid to go inside and browse around. Today, I walked from 59th street to 42nd street with side trip to Rockefeller  Plaza and Times Square.

Few things are as fun as an indulgent and leisurely shopping trip to  New York’  However, it can also be incredibly daunting and overwhelming, particularly for first-time shoppers. So here is a short list of some of the top shops to visit during your time in Manhattan.

Tiffany & Co.

Shiny, sparkly baubles abound at the incredibly famous fine jewelry brand

 

Bergdorf Goodman.  The premier shopping destination for all luxury items.

Louis Vuitton

The crème de la crème of leather handbags, this outpost of the

French maison, Louis Vuitton will set you back a pretty penny for a purse.

Zara Bargain

shoppers have known about the fast fashion shop Zara for years. For the uninitiated, the shop offers the best of what’s hot now at low prices.

 

Gucci Offering everything in men’s and women’s fashions, Gucci has gained more fame from their adorned sneaker collections.

Versace

This Italian fashion house was made famous by the deceased designer’s sister

Fifth Avenue is the most famous shopping street in the world. Although most people assume that only luxury labels such as Hermes, Gucci, Tiffany, Prada, and others are represented here, there are a variety of other recommendable shops to visit.

Here is a list of stores with location and price.

addition info:

NYC – Lower Manhattan – Louis Vuitton Exhibition -a must see.

Louis Vuitton Exhibition

If you are in the area – Lower Manhattan   —– it is a must see.

Located at 86 Trinity Place and next to the Trinity Church and walking distance from the 9/11 Tribute Museum, Wall Street, The Charging bull Statue to name only a few. Hours open

Yesterday I went to the Lois Vuitton Exhibition –  It was one the best curated shows I have seen this year. It certainly demonstrates how the wealthy traveled but it also leaves you inspired to travel.

It should be no surprise that the show is about the evolution of luggage. Throughout you will see the use of canvas and wood with a very distinctive pattern. There are flat trunks, wardrobe trunks all set within exceptional displays. Did you ever know of so many kinds of trunks?

There is so much to see that I walked through the exhibit twice. I took so many photos that couldn’t decide which ones to put in the blog. I decided to add some to the  end. Also, I decided not to explain each photo – better for you to visit and see each them in context with the display they are set up in.

(Note: click on photos to enlarge)

 

 

One of the rooms was set up like a train car. Here is a video of my walking past the display. Sorry for the quality.

 

 

Extras,  if you are up to it  (Click to enlarge)

B/W Photos

Cases for hairbrushes and cosmetics – sorry for the noise

Odds and Ends

 

NYC – fashion on Madison Avenue – East 70’s

Today I walked up Madison Avenue from east 70th Street to East 86th Street.( We city folk do a lot of walking!) I was impressed with some of the store windows and the quality of what they were selling.C ertainly, fashion is alive and well in this area of Manhattan. Here are my photos of the current styles being offered this early spring. This post is a little longer than usual.

 

These photos show 3-dimensional  replicas of people. They use a 360 degree photo scanner of you. Amazing new technology.

This is a “pop-up” store called Doob.

Several stores displayed “Young Adult” clothing.

Of course, several stores displayed your needed accessories.

Note: click on photos for enlargement

 

Added these for fun.

The fashions  through a slight glare of the store windows.

FASHION STORES ALONG MADISON AVENUE (partial list)

Celine

Ralf Lauren

Paul Morelli

Selima

Spring Flowers

Frederic Malle

Calypso

Milly

Moynat

Carolina Herrera

Tomas Meier

F.M. Allen

Vince

Morgane Le Pax

Missoni

IRO

Lilly Pu;itzer

Eileen Fisher

Davide Cenci

Joseph

Sandro

Rebecca Taylor

Maje

Eli Saab

Cenci

NYC – A Brief stop at the Time Warner Building – Columbus Circle

 

I had an errand to do near West 57th Street Eighth Avenue and on the way back home I passed a building that was definitely crammed in between two larger buildings what might be the smallest mid-town building .

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Opposite it were these “stoned” people.

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I then decided to stop at the  Time Warner Building (Columbus Circle). The Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle is the epitome of high class NY. This shopping center boasts three floors of high end shops including Cole Haan, Coach, and Hugo Boss. The entire mall really gives the sense of luxury and beautiful sights to just take in. The entire outside wall is made of see-through glass. Always a photo opportunity. It’s just a nice airy space. I recommend a visit. It doesn’t matter  whether you are a tourist or a resident.

 

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There are plenty of shops that have very upscale clothing and accessories. So here is glimpse as I walked through the building..

NYC – Holiday windows of Madison Avenue

It seems that every Christmas I get to walk down Madison Avenue. This year, I only walked one block – but what a block. Stores like Choe, Gucci and  Prada are but a few stores with interesting windows – they were not really holiday oriented (my opinion) but all featured the same accessory.

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HANDBAGS

 

Click on any photo to enlarge – press esc to return to blog

 

 

 

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Here are a few photos taken along the way

NYC -East 70’s – a quick look at fashion and food along the Avenues

 

 

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Many people explore the city by walking near a major tourist attraction, but try venturing a little further away . You may find a greater mix of stores and restaurants that may be more interesting and affordable.

Lately, I took a walk from Lexington Avenue along East 73rd Street heading towards the East River. I did enjoy strolling along the quaint tree-lined blocks, checking out historic townhouses and I ventured up and down the adjacent Avenues to see some  stores and restaurants that are less than a block away from 73rd Street.

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Part of my door series

 

This blog has mostly store windows (fashion) and one interesting Persian Restaurant. However, in my enjoyment of the walk, I forgot to note where I took many of them.

 

I peeked into this little Persian Restaurant only to find that I was too early for lunch.

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2nd Avenue and 73rd Street

 

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Long and narrow

 

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Well, the adventure is in getting out and finding the world around us…

so enjoy and  happy walking!

A little background of the East 70’s area

  • This portion of the Upper East Side is home to schools like the Hewitt School, P.S. 158, P.S. 267, Eleanor Roosevelt High School along with Marymount Manhattan College and the Allen-Stevenson School.
  • Much of the old architecture in this part of the Upper East Side is Neo-Renaissance and French neoclassical. Historic, luxurious mansions like the Henry T. Sloane House at 9 E. 72nd St. and the Edward C. Converse Mansion at 3 E. 78th St.
  • The Henry Clay Frick mansion at 1 E. 70th St. now serves as a museum displaying Fricks art collection.
  • Central Park is just to the west.

 

NYC – 57th and 5th Avenue – dogs + dogs + horses + birds = Bergdorf-Goodman, Louis Vuittion

Thought you might like to see what fashions are being shown in NYC. I stayed around 57th Street and captured some of the window displays.

 

Bergdorf – Goodman

Louis Vuinttan

 

 Too soon or not soon enough?

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Special Photograph…selfie /

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