9.10.12

A New York November...

Exactly two weeks from today, we will board a big jet plane and make our way around the globe... to a little place they call the U.S.A.

We'll be spending some time with family in Nashville, Tennessee (which Im excited about, partially due to this gorgeous blog) before stopping briefly in Boston to visit friends and finally wrapping up with two glorious weeks in New York City.

To say we're excited is a slight understatement. We'll be staying in an historic Brownstone apartment in Brooklyn Heights... a hop, skip and jump away from the promenade which offers the most amazing views of Manhattan. (And there will be plenty of hopping, skipping and jumping!)

But the very best bit? Our babysitter* My beautiful sister is coming with us!

We plan on spending our New York November days snooping in book stores, lazing about in hip cafe's, rummaging through flea markets and delighting in the crunch of fall foliage underfoot as we stroll through Central Park.

As I flick through the pages of Sibella Court's beautiful book The Stylists Guide to NYC, I have to say, I feel we're in pretty good hands as far as the shopping is concerned... but we'd really love to hear YOUR New York tips - please do share your favourite restaurants, cafe's, galleries, parks, museums, markets, shops, tours... we'd love to hear ALL your suggestions so don't hold back!

Oh, and if you know of any great NYC blogs... do tell! I'm currently loving Sweet Fine Day, ReedWhitney Reeder, The Daily Muse, A Cup of Jo and From Me To You.

 * Just kidding, Steph! ;)

43 comments :

  1. oh i am so jealous! and funnily enough, i'm even more jealous that you're going to nashville. i hear nothing but good things about that place x

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    1. I'm pretty charmed by the place too... especially after seeing it through Rebekka's eyes at her gorgeous blog, Dear Friend! x

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  2. I only have 1 tip: You'll need 2 babysitters! And I am available for November ;)

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    1. Oh this comment made me laugh out loud! Thank you! :)

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  3. Shanghai Joes in Chinatown NYC for the BEST soup dumplings. x

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  4. I am a New Yorker...and so have too many tips!

    Definitely stop into any little Asian beauty place and get a manicure, pedicure and a wax...all three will set you back less than fifty bucks...might as well throw in a massage!
    Spend a day wandering around ABC Carpet and Home.
    If you make it to Chinatown you must get the soup dumplings at Joe's Shanghai. I cannot describe how good they are.
    http://www.joeshanghairestaurants.com/

    Have the best time! I cannot wait to hear all about your trip!

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    1. Oh... nothing like getting hot tips from an ex-local!! Thanks so much! That's two votes for Joe Shanghai's... must be a winner! x

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    2. I'll send you all her tips! They were AMAZING! Also, I read Nat the fat rat blog (or something similar to that) she has a little one too and could have some hints and tips x

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    3. Beth... My inbox is so very happy!! Thank you! X

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  5. Hope you have an awesome trip! If you are in Chelsea stop at Murray's Bagels on the corner of west 23rd street and 8th avenue and have the cherry pie, it was to die for. We had breakfast there each day when we stayed at the hotel chelsea and I still dream of the pie.
    Also skip Magnolia bakery, the cupcakes were dry and a bit overrated.
    Also the Lego store in Rockerfeller plaza is cool.

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    1. Ooooh - I love a baked goods recommendation! And the what-not-to-do tips are often the most valuable ones! Thanks Lila!

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  6. Sounds wonderful!

    May I ask where one may find such a pretty notebook? I adore the gold floral headers.

    You style everything to perfection. Looking forward to seeing New York through your eyes.

    Safe travels x

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    1. Thank you so much :) The notebook is from a set of three from Rifle Paper Co (http://riflepaperco.com/) x

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  7. Oh Claire, you will have an amazing time! So much fills my head when thinking about NYC but let me see...

    After the high line we did head down to the chelsea markets and had the most delicious lunch, followed by a stroll through Anthropologie.
    Brooklyn Flea was so great, sampling locally made treats and taking some with us too, trying on vintage, rummaging and photo taking.
    Have you read much about the children's museum at Prospect Park? I've heard it's good. The park is huge and green and lovely.
    Loved the Natural History Museum. And the Met.
    We went across to Governor's Island on a free ferry. It happened to be free bike friday (we had no idea, such a surprise!) so we got to hire bikes for an hour for free and ride around the Island.
    One of my most memorable eating moments was at Egg in Williamsburg. At the time they had paper and crayons on their tables (thinking of Lalie!). They have a farm in upstate NY. Delicious.
    Wandering around the East Village and SoHo was the best. Bakeries (have you heard of Birdbath Bakery?), bookstores, vintage shops and pretty corners and streets.
    Our last brunch was at Northern Spy Food Co in the East Village. I think we only got a table because we got there pretty much just after opening. Was delicious. It was the same day we flew home.
    Have you heard of the Not For Tourists guide? (NFT) They have an app now. My husband loves it.
    Whatever you do, try not to think about what you're not doing - there is always going to be more to do than you could possibly fit in (this is what I had to keep telling myself!), I really tried to just enjoy the wandering, enjoy the moments we were in!

    I'm sure you've got fantastic plans already, really looking forward to hearing all about it!

    Melania x

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    1. Melania... how fantastic are your tips!!?! We had planned to do the chelsea markets and highline together... and the brooklyn flea is out first stop!
      I just can't get over how amazing these suggestions are... I love the sound of ALL of them! Thanks so much! x

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  8. when we've visited NYC the kids really loved - the high line (http://bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com/2010/08/things-to-do-nyc-part-ii.html), imagination playground (http://bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com/2010/08/things-to-do-nyc-part-iv-imagination.html), brooklyn bridge park (http://bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com/2012/06/places-to-go-vacation-brooklyn-bridge.html), and (of course) - the statue of liberty/ellis island (http://bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com/2012/09/places-to-go-vacation-statue-of-liberty.html). hope this helps! it's a great place with kids - big sidewalks, lots of playgrounds, we always have a blast!

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    1. It's funny... you don't automatically think of NYC as a kid-friendly destination... but the more I look into it.. the more I discover the amazing family activities etc on offer! Thanks for the links! xx

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  9. new york in november is just lovely!! we made a trip there not too long ago. here are my links on what we did (i broke it up into three posts)

    http://www.yellowfinchdesigns.blogspot.com/2012/04/new-york-trip-part-i.html
    http://www.yellowfinchdesigns.blogspot.com/2012/04/new-york-trip-part-ii.html
    http://www.yellowfinchdesigns.blogspot.com/2012/04/new-york-trip-part-iii.html

    As for bloggers in NYC, RockStar Diaries is another one.
    enjoy your trip!!

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    1. Thank you! So great to read about other peoples experiences! x

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  10. oh i am soo jealous. my parents will be in nyc right this time... I AM SOOO JEALOUS!
    can't wait to see all the photos you will take! ;)
    have a great time!

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    1. It's nice to not be the jealous one for a change! ;) We are very excited! x

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  11. Claire, you will have the best time - it's a city unlike any other, SO much to see. Be sure to check out:

    ABC Home & Carpet (888 Broadway, Manhattan)
    McNally Jackson Bookstore (52 Prince Street) - while you are there be sure to check out the flea store (still on Prince Street, on the right as you wander towards Elizabeth Street)
    Tacombi is a very cool Mexican restaurant too (267 Elizabeth Street)
    and Chelsea Market is a HUGE must!

    Oh, and the memorial for the twin towers is in my opinion the most moving of all memorials. Definitely worth a visit but be aware that there will be a bit of a queue.

    Enjoy every second xxx

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    1. Oh these sounds amazing - great tips! Thanks! xx

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  12. Oh BLISS!
    I did NYC last August, and LOVED every.single.moment.
    It truly is a magical place. My brother-in-law lives there and we're dying to get back there soon to explore some more.
    You'll love it Claire.
    x

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    1. I'm afraid I'll never want to come back! ;) x

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  13. I haven't been sadly, sniff sniff - but can recommend Rockstar Diaries as a great NYC blog! http://taza-and-husband.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. ah, yes... how could I forget? Thanks for reminding me! x

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  14. Yay for visiting our country! You're going to love it : )

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  15. It's going to be the BEST! I adore New York. Kellie xx

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  16. Have a great time. Marvellous Kiddo is also a nice blog from New York. Georgia

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  17. I want to be a part of it...too!
    The planning is so much fun, especially for such a long and wonderful trip.
    I heart New York, you will too.
    x ashley

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  18. I swear I feel all giddy for you every time I read that you'll be adventuring in NYC! So exciting...Just dug out the old diary from our trip (thanks for the good excuse to relive those memories!) - and just have a few little places to recommend - probably nothing to go out of your way to get to, but if you find yourself in the area....On Bedford Ave (Brooklyn) - Five Leaves (founded by Heath Ledger!) - music from a vinyl record player, juice in jam jars, gentle folk, etc - maybe the best coffee I had in NYC...Kill Devil Hill (Greenpoint, Brooklyn) - selling 'fine goods of all descriptions" - funny little curio shop...Hummus Place (St Mark's Place) - but I am a little obsessed with hummus - try the shakshuka if you go (and of course the hummus made with Israeli tahini)...oh and i just saw on the website that this market will be on in november - we went to one a few years back and it was tops - lots of etsy sellers. i made a little screenprinted bag with lotta jansdotta and k couldn't believe how happy it made me. it was most definitely a highlight! ......http://www.renegadecraft.com/brooklyn-holiday-info

    so excited for you x

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  19. http://www.tazaandhusband.com/ This is a good one and you will love it. Tips are great but seriously you will just LOVE, LOVE it!

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  20. Yay! If you are coming to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, check out the 11211 Love tags on my blog:

    http://www.williamsburgbaby.com/search/label/11211%20Love

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  21. Wow, that is so exciting Claire! Rockstar Diaries have done a post on the Brooklyn Flea Market - http://taza-and-husband.blogspot.co.nz/2012/10/the-brooklyn-flea.html
    Have a fantastic time!

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  22. Oh crikey Claire, 2 weeks? I better get that guide in the post to you tomorrow ;)
    I went to New York about 13 years ago and it was so good - a different place back then in many ways, but my tips are...
    The West Village. So so good. My favourite place. Hello Anthropolgie! And also (wait for the most unhelpful tip ever...) there was the most amazing, authentic burger bar somewhere near Bloomingdales. Best burger I've ever eaten and it was like stepping into a classic American movie. If you can, find it!!
    Super jealous of your amazing trip, to all your destinations not just NYC. Oh, what fun you'll have xx

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  23. eep! so exciting claire. I'm not sure if this tip is up your alley but we enjoyed bike riding in central park. have an awesome time :)

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  24. I forgot to mention if Lalie (or Paddy or you) like muppets go to FAO Schwartz the build one for you there. Not super cheap but pretty cool.

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  25. wow. i'm sure you will all have a ball. new york is awesome. i did all the touristy things...with a big smile on my face. enjoy every moment :)

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  26. Wow, what a gift you have for styling! You are going to come home absolutely overloaded with inspiration!
    Have a ball.
    Em x

    playhouseplay.blogspot.com

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