My last visit to NYC (where I lived for 11 years, and where many of my dearest friends still reside) was in January 2011. When I found out we would have some items in the Etsy Holiday Shop, it seemed like a good time to take a long overdue trip to the city. Here are some snaps I took during our quick weekend visit.
Holiday lights in Astoria.
Love the edifice of this apartment building!
Breakfast on vacation means macarons and coffee at Mille-feuille.
Andy between the Dior and Etsy shops.
I thought the Etsy shop was really nicely done. It looked pretty much exactly how I would imagine an Etsy brick and mortar store would look.
They were holding a holiday ornament workshop when we were there.
Some pretty jewels from jeanjeanvintage and a cute handmade ring holder!
The rack of vintage. There wasn't a ton of it; we were there on one of the last few days the shop was open and were told much of it had sold.
Small Earth Vintage shoes on the right.
The tags they used on the vintage. I love that: "Vintage by Karen of Grand Rapids, MI."
We escaped the cold drizzle with lunch at Randolph Beer--pickles, brussels sprouts and smoky corn! And beer. (I knew there would be lots of cocktails later, so I thought I should let Andy get some good beers.) It was funny for us to see beer from Grand Rapids' own Founders Brewing in NYC, and it was hard not to laugh while the bartender tried to sell us on it.
But forget about the beer. Cocktails! That kind of dark and blurry photo above is from Andy's Blackberry (I pretty much concentrated on drinking and talking once we started with the cocktails), and was taken at Amor y Amargo in the East Village, which has a fantastic bitters-based cocktail menu and informative drink makers. I also loved the Darling Clementine cocktail (like drinking a pomander: gin, clementine juice, and cloves) and fried pickles at Sweet Afton in Astoria. But my favorite was Long Island City's Dutch Kills--amazing drinks and perfect speakeasy ambiance.
If this vintage shop window is any indication, NYC hipsters are hugely into the Ugly Christmas Sweater thing. It's a bit weird to see the not-very-vintage ugly sweaters bookended by a couple really nice cowichans, but hey, what are you gonna do?
Anyway, it was a short and densely-packed trip, and was completely fantastic. I love NYC, and visiting always feels like coming home.