Week Twenty-two: A Saturday in NYC

mcnally jackson/goods for the study

As I mentioned, the Saturday before the Stationery Show is dedicated to walking – and shopping – NYC. Below are a few of the highlights from my day:

Goods for the Study (234 Mulberry St): Goods for the Study was my first stop after checking my bag. As I adore the McNally Jackson bookstore, I was eager to see how their aesthetic/approach translated to stationery + office supplies. No surprise: I loved it. The tiny store reminded me quite a bit of the now-defunct DWR concept shop, Tools for Living. I contemplated the merits of different LAMY pens, and ended up buying a tiny ticket-notebook from Le Typographe. (Also ran into a friend: serendipity!) A most auspicious start to the afternoon.

After a quick stop at the hotel to grab an umbrella, the walking continued.


Birdbath (160 Prince St): to stave off hunger pangs, I stopped in the always-tempting Birdbath for a chocolate chip cookie + a (non-alcoholic) fruity sangria.


Ochre (462 Broome St): Ochre is known for its debonair collection of lighting and home accessories (some day, I will live in a house with an Ochre “arctic pear” chandelier). I never miss a chance to visit their SoHo shop + always end up swooning over the merchandise as well as the beguiling floral arrangements. (I really need to find out who their florist is.)


BDDW (5 Crosby St): I’ve long revered BDDW’s minimalist aesthetic via their print ads, but a walk through the arty, serene shop is even better. A lovely mix of housewares + quirky, yet fitting, of-the-moment accessories. (Their fabric line is gorg.)


Makié (109 Thompson St): My feelings for Makié are well documented. This visit, I was primarily scouting for a baby gift for my niece who is due in July. I came away with some very good options, and once again, spotted lovely flowers in the window.


Buvette (42 Grove St): A day of walking has me more than ready to sit and relax by the time cocktail hour rolls around, and the combination of light rain + a West Village street fair had me more tired than usual. I peeked into Buvette around 4:30, hoping to grab a table for my 5:00 drink date with a kindred spirit. The tiny restaurant was bustling, and I grabbed the last spot at the bar + chatted up the bartender (eager to learn the steps to a perfect Pimm’s Cup) while I sipped my Allagash. Once B arrived, a prime spot for two had opened at the end of the bar. Drinks turned into dinner and three hours passed like a minute. Buvette’s croque monsieur was amazing, and of course, I ordered the chocolate mousse.


Aesop (438 West Broadway): Refreshed and reinvigorated, I started to walk back to the hotel, taking a slightly different path. Sorry I missed Aesop during my day of shopping, but took a quick photo to remind me for next time.

crosby street/view from my window

Crosby Street Hotel (79 Crosby Street): My day of fun behind me (and with plenty of walking to come at the show), I was happy to spend the rest of the evening relaxing chez Crosby Street, with a glass of wine bottle of water and a stack of magazines. The perfect end to an almost-perfect (I’m looking at you, non-forecast rain) Saturday in NYC.

all photos by jane potrykus


  1. Emily
    May 29, 2013 / Permalink

    This looks like a lovely trip! Thanks for sharing all your stops- I’ll add them to my list of places to go when I finally (!) get to take a trip to NY.

  2. May 31, 2013 / Permalink

    thoroughly enjoyed all of your posts on the stationery show, especially the one about felix doolittle. his work is a favorite of mine and he is such a nice person.

    love all of the places you visit and i always think of you when we go to mcnally jackson. it was nice to bump into you in goods for the study (destiny) and love that photo of makie & makie. enjoy your weekend!