Ribbons for Susan & a French Bistro in Chelsea!

Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
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Trip End Dec 14, 2009


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Monday, December 7, 2009

I had breakfast with another Travelziner who ironically is visiting NYC from Rockford, IL. We had a good time.



We were going to go up in the Empire State bldg 2da, but if clouded up.



We went to the Hyman Hendler ribbon shop at 21 W. 38th street that
featured high end ribbons, many imported years ago from France. It was
established in 1900. Susan was in heaven. I talked to the owner about
the beginnings of the company from a push cart on the LES. Talked about
where our grand parents coming from Russia, etc. Talked about Maxwell Street
and how it and the LES have become gentrified with coffee shops,
theatres, gelato joints, etc. Also that the Chinese are the principle
group running sweat shops
in NYC and that they not only make clothing but findings as well. He
mentioned he sold to Fishman’s on Roosevelt road just north of Maxwell
Street in Chicago as well as Vogue Fabrics in Evanston who were cheap.
He was a great guy. He is married to the daughter of the original
owner.



We ate across the street in a coffee shop that all the fabric and
findings merchants socialize and eat. They all knew the owner, who we
discovered him as he was just leaving.



Went to Macy's
which was an absolute total zoo. We had difficulty navigating the
aisles and people constantly were knocking over displays. Lots of stuff
50% off today. I personally thought their Christmas windows were
losers. They did have some normal window displays featuring perfume
bottles and silver disks all hanging on fishing line which were
beautiful and quite creative.



Went to B&H photo which also was a zoo. It was much further than I
thought, all the way to 9th Avenue. I couldn't stand it and longed for
Helix or Calumet.



Gave up and returned to the Leo house and ran two loads of wash! Yuk!



We had dinner at a French restaurant at 25th and 9th Avenue. I had
Escargot which was excellent. That was followed by smoked salmon and
ratatue crepes. Susan started with incredible rich and a bit sweet
French onion soup followed by a chicken and ratitoui crepe. For dessert
we split a chocolat bannana crepe.



The bread was great accompanied by Irish butter. The service quit good. The ambiance was good as well.
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