A combination of luxe digs (InterContinental New York Barclay) and blustery weather tempted me to ditch my ambitious shopping plans but second thoughts prevailed and I hit the streets running… for a taxi! Since I only had one day to shop Manhattan, I moved from neighborhood to neighborhood with lightning speed.
· Limelight Marketplace – A former Episcopal church, turned disco nightclub (NOT a good choice) and now shopping venue, Limelight Marketplace hosts about sixty stalls selling a variety of mid-priced goods including Hunter Boots, bespoke men’s clothing (Alexander West), and toys (Zakka Conceptual). Corner of Sixth Avenue and 20th Street, www.limelightmarketplace.com
· Joe Fresh – Since Uniqlo opened in San Francisco (also three stores in NYC on Fifth Avenue at 53rd, West 34th Street between Fifth and Sixth Aves and in Soho at 546 Broadway between Spring and Prince) I’ve become a big fan of big box shopping for on-trend seasonal clothing. And need I mention inexpensive? This Canadian retailer outfits the whole family in chic cheap colorful basics. 510 Fifth Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd Streets. www.joefresh.com
· Clyde’s Pharmacy – This is a fancy drugstore serving well-to-do Upper East Side residents, yet the staff is warm, welcoming and oh so helpful. Clyde’s has been around for decades and I shop there for hard-to-find travel size creams and shampoos from European and American manufacturers. Their hair clips will make you swooooon… 926 Madison Ave, near 74th Street. www.clydesonmadison.com
· Museum of Modern Art – Okay, we all know this isn’t a shopping destination, but their gift shop is one of the best museum shops in the world. I breezed thru the exhibits and then had a wonderful lunch at Café 2. West 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. www.moma.org
Check out French import Laduree at 864 Madison between 70th and 71st Streets, www.laduree.fr for the best macarons in the world. Expensive, but worth every penny. Award-winning cookbook author Dorie Greenspan has opened a cookie company, Buerre & Sel, in the Essex St. Market on the Lower East Side. Decadent cookies made with local butter and French sea salt. www.beurreandsel.com. You can satisfy your sweet tooth while shopping for $1000 handbags at CuRious, a candy store on the second floor of Cynthia Rowley’s new Upper East Side boutique. Candy bars, toffee crisps, chocolate….. 43 East 78th Street, between Madison and Park. www.cynthiarowley.com
Tomorrow… Off to Woodbury Common Outlets!