Saturday, 6 March 2010

SATURDAY - 5th Avenue & Williamsberg

We started the day off by walking from our hotel to 5Th Avenue, which took us about 30 minutes because we were walking slow, taking in all the New York hustle and stopping in a convenience store for a good 10 minutes, picking up numerous American 'candy'! ummm...

Our first stop was the up market 'Bergdorf and Goodman' full of expensive designer brands and numerous glamour grannies draped in fur head to toe. It is the only one in america and is highly exclusive, I couldn't help but feel slightly out of place, we were the youngest in there and it was a Saturday morning. It was also unusually quiet when we were there, however this added to the Ora and atmosphere of the stately building (eight floors tall of designer wear.) Its the type of place to take your mother for a spot of lunch, in the hope she might treat you with her credit card!
After this we explored more designer shops that were all up the road, such as Chanel, Burberry & Louis Vuitton. All fabulously fashionable, with beautiful window displays and
advertisements. They all seemed similarly minimal in visual merchandising and interiors inside, with the main colour being the clean cut white look.

Next stop, the more artistic less touristy spot...the upcoming Williamsberg area. This picture below was the first thing I saw outside when I came up from underground by the subway...

Willamsberg was nothing like what I imagined. It was as if it almost didn't fit in with NY, not the bits I had ever seen anyway. Perhaps it was just because it was not full of tourists, mostly locals or people trying to make a living by making their own individual hand made crafts. Most of the shops were just owned by regular New Yorkers, the only brand/ shop name I remember recognising is a 'Paul Smith' shop, which looked almost out of place, because of its well known name.

We walked round for about four hours round Williamsberg, torn between where to eat later on. We found the diner that the legendary 'Milkshake' song was filmed for the video. We really wanted to eat a proper greasy, fried American meal, as we had been preety good so far at finding perfect little Vegan cafes.

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