After picking up the gift, I decided to walk east of
I turned on
But…was this building residential or commercial? I had no idea. Besides open views into some of the lit rooms (yes, was a total peeping MG), I noticed a huge “40″ over the entrance. Wow.
40 Bond Street contains twenty-seven unique apartments, many with terraces, five townhouses which are the first built in generations, as well as the city’s most extraordinary penthouse.The living spaces are organized as a series of gathering places, discarding the old formal model of the luxury apartment for the flowing energy of the modern loft space.
Now, if I stop by any of my former spots, they are filled with suits on
One night a gf & I had stopped by a former fav spot for an early dinner. We walked in and literally half the resty was filled with
And…we just happened to have been seated next to one couple, who definitely met online. How could I tell?
GUY: “It’s great to finally meet you.”
GAL: “Me too.”
GUY: “Wow. You look just as amazing in person.”
GAL: “Thank you. You look…….nice.”
(BTW, in this particular resty, the tables are placed so close together that you can actually tell the time by looking at the person’s watch next to you. I know this bc I did it myself. Whatevz!)
I heard GUY also say to his date:
GUY: “Yea, I love this place. I like going to spots no one knows about.”
Dude, if YOU are here - EVERYONE knows about it!
Pssshaw. I kid. Ok, no I don’t.
Anywho, Midtown East hasn’t changed too much besides having a few shops close and now re-open as pet stores. There are more specialty pet shops in my area than there are Duane Reades!
I, however, NEED my
Madison Avenue: “Madison Avenue is quite sad with all the for-rent signs and empty storefronts—all of which transpired in the last year and half!”—Alexis Maybank, founder, Gilt Groupe
The Bowery/the LES: “The Bowery and the Lower East Side are growing and changing the fastest.”—John Bartlett
Soho: “I feel that Soho has changed the most for retail shopping. It’s almost entirely big brands. Soho feels a bit like a shopping mall now…just a teensy scoochy bit.”—Toni Hacker, designer, Hayden-Harnett
Eighth Street: “Eighth Street was always tacky and vibrant and kind of fabulous. Now most of the shop-fronts are for rent.”—Simon Doonan, creative director, Barneys
Williamsburg: “Ten ago the big highlight used to be buying second-hand clothes for $2 a pound on Driggs. Now you can get a vibrator for $200.”—Marsha Brady, creative director, American Apparel
The Meatpacking District: “Where else can you find luxury co-mingling with the scent of rotting flesh? The meatpacking district! Only in
source: Jay Woodsworth/Flickr
South Brooklyn: “I’m cheating a bit since it’s not just one neighborhood, but Brooklyn. At the beginning of the decade I lived in Boerum Hill, and Butter on Atlantic Avenue was pretty much the only game in town. These days I’m back in Manhattan but some of my favorite stores are there: Dear Fieldbinder, Bird, Erie Basin. If there’s any truth to the rumors of a Barneys Co-op opening up on Atlantic Avenue, I won’t be at all surprised.”—Kim France, editor, Lucky
Bleecker Street: “Marc Jacobs was the sole pioneer of
Dahlings…have any of your fav neighborhoods changed?
ME: “You have the wrong apt. I definitely didn’t order anything.”
UPS: “You’re Amy right?”
ME: “Ah, yes.”
UPS: “Well it says ‘To Amy’.”
ME: “Oh, okay. AWESOME!”
And I have to tell you dahlings, that even though I am still a renter, I must come home to a place that makes me feel comfortable & relaxed. AND, it must be aesthetically pleasing to me.
Otherwise – coming back to my apt would be absolutely effing miserable.
Last year I spent a lot of energy re-decorating my
Of course, if I had an absurd amount of dispensable income, I would love to live in a penthouse in a lux high-rise (one day dammit!) . But for now, my apt suits me just fine and is actually one of my fav places to be – in
There are however, a few things I cannot sacrifice:
The folks in this article seem to be just fine without these things and even less….
They do their dishes in the shower, sit sideways on the toilet and need to watch their weight just to fit into their bathrooms.
But these cramped New Yorkers wouldn’t have it any other way.
A week after The Post told the story of Zaarath and Christopher Prokop and their 175-square-foot micro-studio on Sunday, other New Yorkers lined up to share their tales of living small, including a 55-square-foot apartment in Hell’s Kitchen and a 90-square-foot home on the Upper West Side.
“To me, it’s all about location,” said Eddie Rabon, 24, who lives in a microscopic Hell’s Kitchen abode. “I’m in an amazing neighborhood, and the money I save on rent alone lets me really enjoy New York for what it is. My apartment is a place to hang my hat and catch a few hours of sleep. That’s it.”
When freelance event planner Eddie Rabon talks about his itty-bitty pad — just one square foot larger than a Rikers Island jail cell — the excitement is clear in his voice.
“It’s fantastic,” he said. “It’s a great neighborhood in the greatest city. It’s about $800 a month. You won’t find that price anywhere else in this area. I feel like the money I save not having to get on the train to get around because I’m in the center of everything is worth it.”
Rabon said the longest wall in his apartment is 121/2 feet, and that includes the apartment door. At its narrowest spot, he can spread his arms and almost touch both opposing walls. He said he has trouble turning around in his little shower, and said taller friends have been unable to close the bathroom door if they need to sit.
“The bathroom has an airplane sink turned lengthwise,” he said. “So I can’t actually fit in over the sink.
The first night Felice Cohen, 39, slept in her tiny apartment — with a full-size loft bed only 23 inches from the ceiling — she had a “panic attack.”
“But now I love it. It’s cozy,” she said of the 12-by-7-foot place, which rents for just over $700 a month.
Her tiny bathroom is a challenge, though: “I had to learn to sit sideways on the toilet so I don’t bang my leg on the tub.”
Genevieve Shuler, 31, always knew she wanted to live near Washington Square Park, the neighborhood her parents once called home. “When I first walked in, I thought, ‘This is really incredibly tiny,’” she said of the $780-a-month pad. “There were no closets, no real kitchen. But I knew I could do more with it . Once I knew my loft bed could fit, I took it.” When it comes time to do the dishes, because the kitchen sink is so small, “I do them in the shower.”
Q: Would you dahlings sacrifice comfort for location?
p.p.s – I have a new giveaway that I will be posting about later today – so please look out for it! AND
p.p.p.s – Since Wed is SIMC, I will be sure to write up my date from this weekend, on this Thursday’s post…just so you know my sched, dolls – LOL! XOXO
By CHUCK BENNETT - Last Updated: 10:31 AM, October 30, 2009
New Yorkers have no excuse for dateless Friday nights.
More than half of all Manhattan residents are living alone — and the number of singles in the city is continuing to rise to historic levels, newdata show.
That means you’ve got a 50-50 shot that the cute neighbor down the hall is looking for love.
The borough now resembles some kind of “” fantasyland with a majority of households, 50.3 percent, with just one resident — no roommate, no spouse, no family, no kids…
There are numerous forces turning Manhattan into an isle of singletons, explained William Helmreich, deputy chairman of City College’s sociology department. The factors include high-paying jobs, the expense of raising a family, longer-living widows and widowers, and, of course, a celebrated culture of singledom.
“Singles attract more singles,” he said. “They participate in a lifestyle that is mutually reinforcing. The more single people engage in that lifestyle, the more acceptable it is, and the more acceptable it is, the more people are going to do it.”
Many of those women are lonely hearts, but they aren’t all Carrie Bradshaws….
Response to that last ‘C’ comment: “You don’t need to worry about women not living up to your standards. Guess what? We have no interest in your type. You could look like a GQ cover model or make millions, you are still an egotistical bore. Women love men who love women, not men who put them down. Period. And guess what? According to this article (and many of my single friends) lots of women love living alone, meaning without an idiot like you who requires “straight hair” and a “thong” I suggest you simply pay for it, jerk.”
I guess its kind of a win except…I’m still RENTING! Dammit.
Which means no pastel candy colored walls just yet, for moi…
One day I hope to have these..pretty PLEASE?
To my New Neighbor across the hall,
Anywho, I must admit that cordial greetings are not the only reason for writing you this letter.
You see, every time you leave your apt in the evenings & wkdns (esp. 6am on Sunday morns) your dog starts to cry. Let me rephrase this – he starts to WAIL UNCONTROLLABLY of what sounds to me cries of desperation and/or abandonment.
You see, I don’t mind if your dog (whom I can hear through 3 closed doors) cries bc he misses you, I just can’t deal with the incessant wailing for HOURS on end.
Bc I am a good neighbor, I will offer you some suggestions:
Please do something ASAP or I will have to put the Curse of Singledom on you.
For your reference, this is what it sounds like:
Feel what I’m sayin’???