Posted on 11/24/14 in homelife, No Comments

As soon as my feet touch the ground in this fabulous city the excitement brews and the ideas flow. We arrived on the Wednesday evening and headed to what we would be calling home for the next 12 nights. (Onefinestay accommodation has become our absolute go-to for ALL our accommodation – be it, New York, Paris or London!)
For a change of pace we stayed in Brooklyn. There has been so much buzz coming from here, with the new stores and local artisans, we felt it was time to move downtown and be amongst the action – and it didn’t disappoint.
Neighbourhood food watch! FRANNY’S 348 Flatbush ave, Brooklyn [Pizzeria] BORN Thai 293 Flatbush Ave. b/t Prospect Pl & St.Marks Ave [Thai food, just like we had in Chiang Rai!] BROCCOLINO Restaurant 446 Dean St, Brooklyn [Italian deliciousness!] and for a quick coffee to go [-that is close to what we know in Australia] is HUNGRY GHOST 253 Flatbush Ave.
Shopping within Brooklyn – BROOKLYN FLEA has moved to its new location! – 1000 Dean Street, Brooklyn (Note: – the wifi wasn’t working too well and the ATM’s were down so make sure you take some CASH!) There was plenty to see and EAT, although as it doesn’t start till 10am we headed to Vanderbilt Ave first for breakfast and some time-out before we headed to the action. CITY FOUNDRY 365 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn – stocks a great selection of Mid-Century lights and décor. Their latest store has been curated beautifully, offering vignettes at every glance. (Once you’ve found this store be sure to allocate an additional hour to visit the surrounding stores.)

Heading over the bridge? ANTHROPOLOGIE of course! Out of the 10 stores, located in NY, I must say Rockefeller and Chelsea are the best. I would recommend heading to both as they do stock some different pieces…and décor inspiration is captured beautifully throughout both!
MONOCLE Shop 535 Hudson Street, NY is small but has impact if you are after a quality gift for your Hubby…or Sons
THE CROSBY HOTEL is a must see. We began our day at 79 Crosby Street with a breakfast (we booked ahead) then wandered through the streets filling our bags with bespoke goodies and our minds with creative inspiration.
CELINE is a favourite for its bags and accessories, as well as its simplistic follow-through with décor. You will find them at 67 Wooster Street, New York (- if wandering through Wooster Street you will also stumble across the SHABBY CHIC store @ #83!)
& OTHER STORIES is one of my favourite clothing and accessories stores and thankfully they have recently added New York to their list of locations. (575 Broadway, New York)

Food, fabulous food! – Café LOLA is a family favourite! It is located at 201 W 83rd, New York. It is a morning tea, afternoon tea…or after a Broadway show stop. Dessert and a ‘red bucket of chips’ would be our suggestion. (Hot Danish Apple Pie with ice cream is unbelievably good!) For Dinner you’ll want to head back out to Amsterdam Street and grab a table at any one of the many diners.
SERENDIPITY 3 is also a family must. Having been to NY many times now we are well versed on the game plan. You head there when you are still full and put your name down, then return between an hour and a half or two hours later to take your seat. (If late November we head to Bloomingdales to shop in the warmth – or if before, and the weather is warmer we will shop the surrounding ‘modern mid-century’ stores and clothing shops) Frozen hot chocolate or their Blackout desserts are the reason we wait 2hours! – Note: One dessert shared between 3-4 people is ALL you’ll need.
Extra’s – ABC Carpets, J-Crew, The Museum of Modern Art and allowing plenty of time to walk through the boutiques in Soho are also a refreshing way to shop-see New York.
New York, the city of dreams!…Enjoy!!

day oneshopping Brooklyn


There are SOO many shout-outs we have for the week just been. We were hosted by the fabulous Melton Library & Caroline Springs Library on the Thursday and then headed out to Port Macquarie with the amazing team at Coastside Church for their NOURISH HEART & SOUL Conference… THANK YOU so much for having us! We are truly LOVING putting the heart back into homes!

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