Our final day in Manhattan was a rainy one. NYC is dreary in the rain and boy did it rain. I had to stop into a luggage store near Times Square to buy an umbrella. The jacket that I am currently designing would have come in handy.
|Subway at 23rd|
I spent the late morning and early afternoon in the Garment District. One thing about me is that I hate to look ignorant; I naturally tend to act like I know what is going on even when I don’t. I decided to try a new tack at Mood Fabrics: instead of pretending to be an old hat I threw up my arms at a salesman and admitted that I’m out of my element and in need of some help. The guy’s name was Noel and he walked me through everything that I needed to do. I ended up with the edging and ribbon that I needed and also took home some good swatches.
Bummer about the rain in New York is that every coffee shop is filled to the brim with like-minded people seeking shelter from the storm. After attempting to squeeze into a couple of Starbucks (Starbucks, by the way, has completely conquered New York) I ended up walking through Macy’s trying to dry off. After seeing the cool boutiques in Soho Macy’s was a bit boring: racks of the same old stuff.
I went into a number of trim shops but found nothing that I couldn’t just order online, so I jumped on the subway at 34th and headed downtown to get a coffee at Eataly. The subway system is kind of like a rabbit hole: you go in looking at one type of landscape and come out in an entirely foreign one. Every time I emerged from the subway stairs I had to take a five or ten seconds to orient myself. When I came up at 23rd, near Eataly, I popped out into a deluge, I mean a regular Typhoon, and it took me a bit longer than usual to figure out which way to go. Unfortunately several hundred other New Yorkers and tourists had the same idea and Eataly was jam packed with dripping customers. I did manage to get a coffee, which I drank standing up.
I met Melony back at the Ace hotel. The lobby of the Ace is a happening spot to be sure. It has free internet and serves food, so it seems like all the hip guys and gals stop by there to download. The dimly lit space is perpetually awash in a fluorescent glow. Mel and I finally found space on a couch and we whiled away an hour eating a sandwich and looking at our Windows phones. Our plane left JFK at 7:00 and we grabbed a cab at about 3:45. Nearly two hours later, after a scenic trip through Queens and some lessons in aggressive driving techniques, we walked into JFK. The plane was delayed because the pilot had also been stuck in traffic.
Oh before I forget, just as we were driving into JFK I spotted the nose cone of the space shuttle Enterprise peering out of her temporary hanger. As an aerospace engineer this was the icing on the cake of a great trip.