Spring Scenes from New York City
May 22, 2012
I’ve been to New York City about a dozen times in my life and each time I leave a little piece of my heart there. With each new neighborhood I explore I fall in love with that amazing city more and more.
Last week I was invited by Lowe’s to an event (more on that later) and also had the chance to hang out with blog buddy Melissa from The Inspired Room. We had our own ‘girl’s day out’ in the city, she Instagramed some of our adventures like this crazy pedicab ride down the middle of Broadway. There’s something about the pulse of New York City I find so incredible, and it’s especially appealing on a beautiful day in May.
Our hotel was in the Fashion District so Melissa and I headed out first on foot to Bryant Park which has one of the most beautiful canopy of trees in the entire metropolis.
We took a quick jaunt through the park and loved this restaurant’s exterior covered in repeating trellises and ivy – how charming is the old fashioned streetlight?
The huge lawn is as big as a football field and is surrounded by skyscrapers, the ultimate juxtaposition of man versus nature, right? According to Bryant Park’s own website, it’s where “thousands of nature-starved office workers gather for lunch on any fine weekday”. True!
The park is filled with classical urns and monuments and a piano player entertained the lunching crowd with live music. Seriously enchanting!
Next we headed to the New York Public Library on the backside of the park, another favorite landmark I love to visit.
I can’t get enough of amazing architecture like this, the building is 100 years old and I find the detail in the arches and fixtures so inspiring.
Hello beautiful bronze medallion door!
Around the corner is a view of the Chrysler Building, which if you had to pin me down, it’s my favorite skyscraper in this town. The Art Deco design just kills it for me. Did you know that it held the record for world’s tallest building for almost a year at one point in history?
Just down the street is Grand Central Terminal – I adore that blue constellation ceiling and those windows are amazing. Call me crazy, but the smell of a train station is one of my favorite smells in all the world and if you head downstairs, you can smell it too.
Grand Central Terminal always reminds me of Cary Grant and Eva Marie-Saint in Hitchcock’s ‘North by Northwest’ (love that movie!) and is one of those places that looks truly amazing when rendered in black and white. What do you think?
Yet another “must see” for NYC tourists!
We had lunch at the famous Oyster Bar inside and the list of “fresh catch of the day” was a foot long. After lunch we headed out to walk off lunch through the Fashion (or Garment) District. This gown in a shop window caught my eye, I loved all the detail and the dusty salmon color too.
Our last stop was Mood Fabrics which I’ve wanted to visit for years. Three floors filled with bolts and bolts and bolts of fabric and embellishments.
Seriously people, three entire floors of this in every kind of fabric that exists.
Even faux fur, reowr!
I might have gone a teensy bit crazy obsessing over all the fabrics and secretly wishing I could bring a dozen bolts back home with me. Is that too much to ask?
I know, right?
That’s not even a drop in the bucket! If you love fabric too, it’s definitely worth your visit.
And what is a spring walk in the city without a visit to a local flower shop?
After our day on the streets we headed to an evening event, the Lowe’s Designer Challenge – three completely different outdoors spaces designed by three designers competing to win for their favorite charity, I’ve got some pictures of those spaces to share next!
So long NYC, I miss ya already.
Ever been? What are your favorite spots to visit in the Big Apple?