Monday, August 11, 2008

A Second Helping of the Big Apple

Day three in NYC started with a win/win morning. Raoul and Morgan went to the movies weekly when Morgan lived in Seattle. So it was absolutely necessary for them to see the latest Batman movie together, while I ventured to the garment district. First stop was M & J Trimming, a candy land of ribbons, trims, rhinestones and more.

Next up - Hyman Hendler & Sons - a mecca of ribbons. Rows and rows of the most fantastic ribbons I had ever seen. (And I am a veteran of the local Midori warehouse ribbon sales, where you are surrounded by truly gorgeous ribbon.) Here's a display of plaids and stripes. And look at how wide those ribbons are!

Another lovely style.

I popped into bead stores, walked by Bryant Park (which was fun to see as I love Project Runway) and then discovered the wonderful world of Metalliferous - 34 West 46th St.
It's on the second floor of this small building. Nothing glamorous. But if you enjoy anything connected to creating metal jewelry, this place is heaven - metals, tools, beads and findings. The place was packed with jewelry makers - not a tourist in sight. The owner gave me an overview of the place, as he could tell I was absolutely stunned by my good fortune to be there.

The store got better and better. In the back were thousands of bins of findings - some vintage and all in my price range. Now I consider myself a professional shopper when it comes to focusing on finding the gems among the not-so-gems. But I was in over my head in this place! I concentrated on scanning and digging and amassing. Wowie. I found good stuff.

Later that day we had tasty hotdogs at Gray's Papaya. Yummers. And the perfect finale to the day was seeing Gypsy with Patti Lupone. Divine.

Our final day included a wonderful dim sum lunch in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, and a nice visit with my son's girlfriend's family.

We're looking forward to our next NYC visit already! -- Beth


Deb said...

I'm so jealous you got to go to M&J! Please tell me you'll at least walk inside Mood Fabrics, too! We are simply going to have to compare Project Runway notes at the Charm Swap! I'm a huge fan!

junkrescuerbeth said...

I ran out of time before I could visit Mood. My to do list for the next NYC trip is already growing! See you soon. Beth