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New York City

I grew up in the shadow of New York City.  Manhattan was always a 30 minute car ride (without traffic) or a 50 minute trip on the LIRR.  Because of that, I’m spoiled.  While there are plenty of people who have never been to NYC, I treated it as my playground, sometimes choosing to go into the city “just because”.  Having lived away from NYC for nearly a year now, I’ve missed it; and I couldn’t resist spending time in all New York has to offer.

I’ve spent time in others cities across the country and all over the world and I can honestly say there is nothing quite like New York.  NYC has a frantic frenetic energy that you feel the second you step onto the streets.  Taxis zoom by, the sidewalks are filled with pedestrians, marquees flash bright displays, and the subways fly by beneath your feet.  Manhattan is filled with tons of different neighborhoods and is seemingly endless – and it’s only one borough out of five.  New York is filled with opportunity, but the most recognizable thing about New York is the general “swag” it’s residents have.  There’s a confidence that comes from knowing that your “making it” in a city that most visitors find overwhelming.  Oh how I missed that confidence, the jaywalking, and even the assertiveness of the New Yorker.

When I decided to spend the day in New York City, I knew I would need to pick an area; I settled on a day of shopping in Soho, visiting some of my favorite places.  Soho has a special charm.  The streets are typically cobblestone, and some of the typical NY rush is (usually) missing.  Soho has changed quite a bit over the years, but now most of the streets are lined with high end boutiques – a shoppers paradise.

I began my day at a sample sale – I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve missed these.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t particularly successful.  I continued on to COS, a boutique style shop with high quality minimalist design clothing owned by H&M.  When I lived in Paris, I adored COS and missed it terribly when I returned home; having it here in the US is delightful.  I, of course, lost my mind and tried on half the store.  I tend to get a little over zealous when shopping.  I exited, my arms a little heavier, with some new goodies.

I wandered the streets going in and out of stores with little success.  Eventually I made my way to Balthazar.  The delicious restaurant has a small bakery next door where you can pick up coffee (which I of course did), pastries, breads, and other “to go” foods.  Coffee in hand, I continued browsing through stores, and taking in the sights sounds and unfortunately the smells of New York.  I finished my day by meeting my cousin for dinner at a wonderful Moroccan restaurant in the East Village.  After the fantastic Tagine, we topped off our meal with ice cream and I walked the nearly 40 blocks back to Penn Station.  My feet are still sore from my day of walking – all in all I walked 8 miles in flip flops.

My Favorite Store in SOHO:

Alice & Olivia – 98 Greene St

COS – 129 Spring St

& Other Stories – 575 Broadway

Olive & Bettes – 158 Spring St

AllSaints – 512 Broadway

Intermix – 98 Prince St

Kirna Zabete – 477 Broome St

Topshop – 478 Broadway

Club Monaco – 536 Broadway

Aritzia – 524 Broadway

Madewell – 486 Broadway

Birch Box – 433 W Broadway

Maje – 10 Prince St

Sandro – 150 Spring St

Mackage – 123 Mercer St

Zadig et Voltaire – 153 Mercer St

APC – 131 Mercer

Taschen – 107 Greene St

Dean & Deluca – 560 Broadway

Balthazar – 80 Spring St

Marie Nails – 155 Prince St

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