Oh my gosh! I am in love with this place and I want to become an American Citizen but I will not bother to try as I hear it is tough!.
Today was a slower day, it rained for the first half of the day and I had planned to go to Soho and Little Italy and that is exactly what I did. I left the hotel roughly 9:30am and made my way down to Soho by catching the N train to Prince Street. My first stop was to be the Converse store but I thought it would be a lot bigger and all the sneakers that I liked they did not have in my size! I then moved on to the Dr Martens store and again I struggled to get my size again, only by chance I decided to try a smaller size, which is a UK 3 so yes, very small feet but chubby and bloody annoying but it worked out. I popped into H&M's, Bloomingdales....(think I expected more from this store, just looked a bit run down....is this the only Bloomingdale's store in NYC? Sure I have to be missing something here!
Anyway, I pottered around for a while, had lunch at Balthazar (French restaurant), which has a great vibe and just busy and buzzy! I did enjoy my time around Soho, although I do not think I made it further than Soho and then I decided to get the Subway up to Tiffany's....its my birthday tomorrow!
I got off at 5th and 59th and walked 5-10mins to the Tiffany’s store and I purchased myself some earrings. I have not worn earrings in years but feel that I need to as my hair is usually up. Once I finished here, I made my way towards Saks and treated myself to my first pair of Loubiton....t(this was planned), although probably cheaper if I had purchased in France and maybe England but I do not plan to go to France for a while!! and regarding England.....well, it is just not the same as buying them in NYC!!! They was the very basic black shoes that you can wear to work. I left Saks, came outside and realised I was opposite Rockefeller and noticed quite a big crowd and I wondered why they was all staring at the sky...that’s what it looked like to me but they was watching the Saks holiday show. It was really good, but bloody loud! I then walked the 5 blocks and 2 Avenues to my hotel and had dinner at Daniels later on.
Daniels was very nice, very up there! I initially had planned to have a 7 course tasting meal but opted against that due to me not being very hungry and the price!!!! So, I went for a 3 course meal instead. This place is really nice and if you go you need to book 1 month in advance and men have to wear jackets if dining in the main restaurant. The waiters was very professional and also remained down to earth. Daniel, who has a 2 star did come out of the kitchen and walked around a few tables but not mine which suited me fine!
As I mentioned above it was a calmer day but the characters came out in true form today. First of all taking the subway up to Tiffany's a man got on and started to sing "santa clause is coming to town", I had initially thought that maybe he wasn't very well so i tried to block him out as i found him entertaining. He got on and started with "your better watch out, you better not ......., then he got to the part when you say "santa clause is coming to town" and then there was a dum dum dum,"santa clause is coming to town", dum dum dum, "santa clause is coming to town". The parts where there was a dum dum dum was when he would hit the floor of the train with his stick...so i guess he knew what he was doing...he had rhythm. Once he finished this song he moved onto "walking in a winter wonderland". He was so sweet, he was a black man, with not all his teeth but he had the biggest smile ever! I realised he did not have any issues when he started to give his speach after the first song!
Another time today, I was standing outside a shop in Soho looking on my phone for directions and this random man just came up to me and said "this is why I dont come to Broadway, cause you got to walk up all these buildings"....he then gave me a dirty look and walked off!!!.
In Mid-town, a man went to cross the street in front of a taxi and i guess the taxi jerked forward or beeped him, so he slammed his fist on the car and said " God Damn you, why you not gonna let me cross, its not like your about to get through the next set of the God dam traffic lights until the middle of the next God damn week".
Finally, in the Tiffany’s lift there is an employee who as he is operates the lifts as you entered the lift he sad, “ welcome, welcome, come in, come in. No squishing, no squashing, no rushing means no crushing”….I guess you probably had to be there to see it.
PS; It is my birthday today! Will update later!