I was on my own again on Thursday, so after a bagel and tea for breakfast (at Ess-a-Bagel on Third Ave.), I started walking down Second Avenue towards one of the prettiest streets in Manhattan, E. 19th, which leads right into Gramercy Park. If I lived in Manhattan, this is where I would live (and then I could shop at Bergdorf's). This tree-lined street has beautiful town houses built in the 1920s by some of the most famous American architects. And you have to live on Gramercy Square to get a key to the private garden. Wouldn't that be great, your own private garden in the middle of the city? Ooh, I would love that.
|Gramercy--love that ivy|
I continued down Irving Place, just off of Gramercy, and decided to stop at Friend of a Farmer for lunch. We had been here for brunch once before, so I knew it was delicious, and it's a really cute place.
After some refreshment, I continued down Irving Place and over to Broadway where I shopped around the Union Square area, stopping in at ABC Carpet and Home (Martha shops here), Printicon, a fancy paper store that I have been in before and liked, City Bakery (just to look), and I may have stopped in Fish's Eddy again.
One of the places I have to visit every time I am in Manhattan is the Strand Bookstore, just south of Union Square. It is a great old bookstore, four floors, but I like the basement where I always browse their extensive collection of used and new gardening books. I have found a few treasures there, but didn't find anything this time that I had to have.
|Pretty window boxes in East Village|
|Flowers on the corner|
Walt and I decided to have dinner at Libretto's on Second Avenue, a short walk from our hotel. It was one of Julia's go-to restaurants when she lived here, cheap and cheerful Italian food. I had rigatoni with vodka sauce and Walt had lasagna. It was delicious. After dinner, we walked a a few blocks over and up Park Avenue towards Grand Central (and surprise surprise, there is a Magnolia Bakery inside Grand Central), then back down 42nd St. to our hotel. Love those cupcakes!
|Grand Central Station, at night|