ps if you have any other special spots in nyc, let me know and i'll add them to the list if they're places we like to visit or would like to!
bloomingdale's - super-department store & forty carrots restaurant. delish!
59th street & lexington avenue
museum of modern art - the new building is as great as the art.
53rd street & 6th avenue
magnolia's bakery - one red velvet cupcake, please. ok, two.
50th street & sixth avenue
anthropologie - this is the best one with two floors!
50th @ rockefeller center
times square - visit at night for fantastic photos.
42nd street & 7th avenue
grand central terminal - great building and food court.
42nd street & park avenue
ny public library, main branch, rose reading room is incredible & free.
42nd street & fifth avenue
42nd street & 6th avenue. outdoor movies on the lawn in the summer on monday's @ 5 pm.
kinokuniya - japanese store with wonderful craft books, paper goods and anime.
41st street & sixth avenue
international center for photography
42nd street & 6th avenue
muji - japanese department store features clean lines and neutrals.
40th street & eighth avenue
b& j fabrics - really organized & helpful.
525 7th avenue (in the 30s)
tinsel trading - trims & notions, incredible store for crafters. must visit!
37th street & 5th avenue
empire state building - iconic & very special to our city.
34th street & 5th avenue
lots of high-end stores in this neighborhood, but must our visits are -
high line park
gansevoort street, in the meatpacking district, to west 20th street, in chelsea, between 1oth & 11th avenues.
chelsea market - redefines the term 'food court'.
15th street & 9th avenue
billy's bakery via chockpocky - she loves the banana cream pie.
21st street & ninth avenue
so many shops, but we love
dean & deluca via jamie - gourmet food shop, including doughnut plant via chockpocky.
prince street & broadway
uniqlo - colorful japanese clothing store has great prices.
prince street & broadway
vespa via jamie - famous scooters.
13 crosby street
kate's paperie - stationery & paper crafts.
72 spring street (between crosby & lafayette streets)
paul smith via jamie - very cool english designer.
greene street & w. houston
van leeuwen ice cream truck - the most delicate organic ice cream. favorite flavor = all.
greene & prince streets.
makie - incredible handmade clothes, love everything made with liberty of london fabric, especially for little girls.
109 thompson & prince streets
snack - cozy cafe serving delicious greek food.
105 thompson & prince streets
purl - legendary knitting & sewing shops.
sullivan street & prince (they'll be moving in april 2010)
once upon a tart - for a quick bite to eat.
sullivan street & prince (next to purl knitting)
local - also good for a quick bite.
sullivan street & prince (across the street from purl patchwork)
thompson & sullivan streets have really nice independent boutiques. from there you can walk to greenwich village or the west village.
thé adoré via chockpocky - 'charming rustic 2nd floor dining room for a light lunch (tea + sandwiches, soups, pastries)'.
17 E. 13th, just off Fifth, just below Union Square
greenwich letterpress via chockpocky - lovely stationery store.
christopher street & seventh avenue
sweetiepie restaurant via dallas shaw - sweet restaurant & dessert bar.
10th street & greenwich avenue
momofuku milk bar via chockpocky - 'delicious corn cookies + decadent cakes & inventful soft serve flavors'.
13th street & second avenue
long island city - queens
easy to get to from grand central - one stop on 7 train.
gorgeous views of mid-town from a really nice park - this is the attraction, but there are a few very nice shops and several restaurants - our favorite is cafe henri right by the subway.
new york botanical garden - bronx
get there using metro north from grand central.
williamsburg - brooklyn
very cool shops and restaurants.