Sunday, September 03, 2006

Hell's Kitchen & D.U.M.B.O.

Today I went to see the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market, recommended by some of the participant's of Apartment Therapy's 2nd Annual Smallest Coolest Apartment Contest. I was worried I wouldn't be able to do this because of the weather, but it turned out to be quite a nice day, weather-wise. This is the perfect place to go if you are looking for buttons or beads, doilies or other vintage linens, and even some antique furniture. I will definately be going back there when I have an apartment to decorate.

I also decided to take a trip over to the D.U.M.B.O. neighborhood of Brooklyn, which I have been wanting to go to for a while. I kept hearing what a nice, new, trendy neighborhood it is. This is home to New York's 2nd West Elm store (the 1st being in Chelsea), as well as several other little furniture and home decorating stores, both antique and new. Jay East is a great Chinese antique store with lots of furniture, unique boxes, silk scarves, and figurines. From the Source Warehouse Store is the outlet of a wood furniture store in Chelsea, with lots of great deals. Journey Gifts & Furnishings is a cute store with all kinds of great stuff. All I will be revisting again once I have an apartment to decorate, along with Anthropologie, Pier One, Ikea, and Pearl River Mart. I also had brunch, complete with a mimosa (yum!) at the Water Street Restaurant & Lounge and had an ice cream sandwich from Jacques Torres.

I can't believe I forgot my camera. There were beautiful views of both the Brooklyn and the Manhattan Bridges. D.U.M.B.O. is such a cute neighborhood with it's cobblestone streets and old train tracks that end at a storefront. I think if I were to decide to move into NYC, this would be the first neighborhood I look for a place, outside of Manhattan. Actually, I would probably want to live here even above many places in Manhattan. I am worried that they will build it up too quickly and it will lose it's charm. As it is, I am sure I can't afford it (or just barely from what I've seen online), and when it is built up further, I won't have a prayer of living there. I do need to go back soon, before it gets cold to take some pictures. I am worried that things there will move so quickly that the beautiful things I want to take pictures of will be gone by the time I get back there... like the architectural stars, or the faded painting of a woman with a violin on her back on an old warehouse, or the abandoned (I think) spanish food restaurant on the corner. Maybe I will take my 35mm and digital both there next weekend.

In other news:
1. I finally saw Water.
2. I am loving the song on the new Walmart commercial, which is by Citizen Cope, but I don't know the name of it. I keep missing the name on the beginning of the commercial cause I never actually watch them.
3. Also loving How to Save a Life from the Grey's Anatomy commercial and a recent episode of Scrubs (how appropriate).
4. Purl Soho started a blog called the Purl Bee.
5. I can't wait to join the Knitting Blogs ring, which will be re-opening on the 18th.
6. I wish I had things to sell and/or trade at Destash.

In knitting news:
I am on row 9 of repeat 11 (of 24) of the lace blanket. I have now knitted and subsequently "tinked" the row at least 4 times since last night. A few hours ago, I decided to put the project down until Labor Day is over. I instead began Fetching with some very chunky yarn (and therefore requiring math) that I had bought on sale at Saratoga Needle Arts a while ago and had no idea what I was going to do with it (especially since I only bought 2 skeins). This will be a Christmas gift for someone who I don't think reads my blog (or at least not often), assuming they come out okay with my reworked pattern.

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