Every year I visit New York for the International Gift Fair and always discover new finds whether it be a cafe, event or shop. He’s a little of my highlights this year.
A must visit is always the New York Central Art Supply store which has become somewhat of a ritual on my shopping list. Packed high over three floors, it has everything you could ever creatively need. The paper section is very impressive and most importantly it sells coloured masking tape which I have some strange obsession with!
Situated Lower East Side in Manhatten is Mott Street and Elizabeth Street which is shopping heaven if you like small independent boutiques and nice little wine bars.
Just round the corner is McNally Jackson bookstore. Not only does it carry a good range of unusual magazines and books, it also has an in house printing machine for you to make your own book!
If you are into photography you will LOVE B&H on 9th Ave / 34th St. It’s huge and has the most efficient ceiling conveyer belt type system that act’s like a mini roller coaster to get customers orders from the stock room to the cash desk. It’s really quite impressive! After being rather overwhelmed with the choice of cameras I decided on a handsome FujiFilm X10 which admittedly was chosen more on looks than it was on features (although it does boast a very cool panoramic setting).
Across the river a weekend in Brooklyn was spent hanging out and exploring the many vibrant flea markets and flavourful food markets.