Gorgeous blogger Lisa is visiting the capital of the world, so I decided to shake things up by taking her to the Upper West Side of Manhattan instead of doing the typical downtown/midtown tourism scene. I figured I’d share our itinerary in case any of you want to follow it in the future.
First, we visited the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, which is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. The cathedral is almost finished with reconstruction necessitated by a fire in 2001; it will be rededicated on November 30. We really enjoyed the stained glass windows which have both religious and secular themes. The “Communication” window, for instance, includes images of both the Gutenberg Bible and a black and white TV. The “Military” window has Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. Lisa noticed an adorable skeleton in the border of the “Medical” window.
Then we took a look at the nearby campus of Columbia University, my alma mater.
The threatening clouds went on to produce a tiny amount of hail or sleet.
After that it was time for shopping! I took Lisa to Allan & Suzi‘s vintage/resale store, which is where I got the coat I’m wearing in the photo above. Allan & Suzi is stuffed with great clothes.
I was entranced by crazy vintage shoes with what looked like Easter Island heads for heels.
Allan introduced me to designer Jeremy Scott, who came in to take a look around. Good strategy. I’m not sure I would have bought the unusual vintage suit I was trying on if Jeremy hadn’t said how great it looked. Lisa got two skirts.
Shopping can make you hungry, so we went to Nice Matin, just a block away, for dinner and drinks. Believe it or not, I got carded AGAIN with a blogger as a witness. (Previous cardings were with Deja Pseu and ENC.) It would be more flattering to be carded if the waiters didn’t invariably scream “Oh my God! 1967!” upon looking at my ID. Anyway, after dinner we went across the street to McAleer’s Pub, where Lisa’s charming friend Mark met us for a last drink.
I showed off my newest jewelry designs to Lisa and Mark, and Lisa showed off the silver bracelet she’s worn since age six. SIX!!! (The bracelet is expandable and was originally made for Lisa’s mother, so it’s quite the family heirloom at this point.)
I hope I’ll get to see Lisa again before she goes back home to Vancouver. We had a great time.
Sharon Rose says
Hi there-oh lucky Lisa, it sounds like you both had a fantastic time and of course with shopping in the equation, the day is just perfect!
Savvy Mode SG says
fun fun fun…. i loved visiting nyc.
THE HOUSE OF STYLE says
this sounds like the perfect day,from vintage shopping to jewellery to yummy food. how chic is the coat you were wearing. funny enough i love the crazy vintage shoes you tried on in the shop!
I would have bought those shoes in a second! Allan wasn’t really interested in selling them except for serious money. I can understand that. I have some pieces like that. They’re so unique they’re irreplaceable, so you only want to sell them if it’s going to be an exceptional price to make up for the pain of losing them.
Saint John the Divine is one of my favourite pieces of architecture in the world. I used to love to visit there when I was living in NYC…the coolest thing about it is that it’s one of the few places in the world where they still teach ages old methods of hand stone carving, and because it’s still under construction, you can go there one week and there will be a blank stone wall, and then the next week there will be a gorgeous carving in its place!
It’s amazing around the holiday season, and I hear it’s fab at Halloween too!
Sigh…now I’m feeling all nostalgic 🙂
Nina (femme rationale) says
i love ur blk and white coat!
Miss Janey says
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Make Do Style says
What a great day out!
What people would find most shocking is that WendyB owns and operates her own red double decker bus. It’s the perfect thing for when bloggers stumble in hoping for a tour.
Those shoes do look like Easter Island.
What a fun day you two had! I bet it felt good to get carded, you youngster.
what an awesome day! lovely pictures! -ebay fashion addict
Wow, neat! The last time I visited Allan and Suzi’s, I saw those shoes!
Miss Karen says
Allan & Suzi looks like the most awesome store ever! The easter island heels are workds of art. 🙂
Please, please take me out on such a fantastic tour when next I come to NY!!
Oh you make me miss New York.
S of Modern-Guilt says
that little red coat is so wonderful, and this sounds like the most perfect kind of day. and those shoes…wow, wow, wow, they are amazing!
June Shin says
sounds like you girls had a great time! *sigh* I miss NYC!
so much fun…you are a perfect host/tour guide… 😉
La Belette Rouge says
You didn’t buy the Easter Island shoes, did you?? Your day as tour guide looks like a lot of fun.
Those are really crazy shoes, I love the idea of visiting vintage stores instead of window shopping on some new ones
fashion herald says
ah, 1967, a good year, I know it well! Those shoes are incredible. And I love your vintage jacket.
Deja Pseu says
Looks like more Big Fun! Love these blogger GTG’s.
I do like the color combos.
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Can you suggest any places to see at Columbia U. that are not on the typical campus tour itinerary? Next week I am taking Chiclette on college visits throughout the region.
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East Side Angie says
That sounded like a fab day, great pictures too 🙂
I will definitely follow this itinerary if I ever make it to New York. Lucky Lisa!
Always In Style says
What a wonderful day you both had!
I too was born in 1967 (and yes I still get carded – yay!)
I live on the UWS, right across from Allan & Suzi as a matter of fact
Thanks for introducing me to this cool blogger, and for taking me on a trip around my own neighborhood!
Looked like fun!
I love to see you offer such hospitality to bloggers!!! The UWS is my old stomping grounds! Brought my first baby home to 154 W. 70th Street! When I come, I’m calling you up Wendy cuz I want you to take me to that vintage store! So jalouse!
market publique says
Wow~ I'm going yo have to check out Allan & Suzi's! It looks amazing. I haven't explored much of the UWS, but now I am going to give it a second look. Mostly I haven't gone because it's really the furthest Manhattan neighborhood from Williamsburg (where I live). Want to come to Brooklyn sometime?
Karen, I’d be thrilled to take you out. MP, sure, I’d brave Williamsburg for you.
Chicamericaine, do you want to meet up so I can show you around a bit when you’re doing your Columbia tour?
Diabolina 3.1 says
next time i am in nyc. you, me, shopping. thank you.
Christina Lee says
Reading that made me miss living there (but I lived in the west village):( AND I missed visiting my friends there this summer so now it’s been TWO WHOLE YEARS!
roller coaster teacher says
Yay upper west side!
Imogen Lamport says
Wow – what fun. One day I’ll get back to NY.
Last time I was in the US I was 33 and in Chicago, and I kept getting carded. Because I come from a country where they never ask your age (well not when you’re over 25 anyway), I never carry ID. In the end I just kept showing the bouncers on the door my grey roots and they’d let me in.
What a fun day! It was super nice of you to show her such a great time. 🙂