Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New York, Part One

Michael and I just returned from New York.New York City

NYC cityscapes

I found this wonderful little bookstore right on Rockefeller Plaza:Librarie de France
I had read about it online, so it was a treat stumbling across it.

Librarie de France window
Sadly, after 73 years in business it is closing. Opened in 1935, it was the first retail tenant in Rockefeller Plaza. Their lease is up and the new rent will be upwards of $1,000 per square foot, so they are closing their doors.

Old French books.jpg
It was full of beautiful old French and Spanish books.

Beautiful Deco light fixture on a beautiful Deco building, Midtown.NYC Deco light fixture

This is Tender Buttons, one of my favorite places in NYC:
Tender Buttons 63rd

This narrow basement shop is nothing but buttons, floor to ceiling and end to end. IMG_2120
Along the opposite wall, they display rare and unusual buttons in frames. These are my favorites.

More later...



Mich said...

It looks like you find some amazing stores over there !!

lotta said...

I am so glad I read this post - we are going to New York in April. I will most definitely find that button store. Wonderful photos - I can't wait to find out what else you discovered.

Charming Sam said...

Oh my goodness some new wonderful places to visit in NYC! The book store (sad they are closing) and the button shop makes my skin tingle with happiness. I think I am visiting in May for the National Stationery Show and some much needed retail therapy.

Thank you for the new button source! Amy @ Charming Sam

Oh said...

The Librarie de France is one of our faves. We stop in every time we're in NYC and were aware it was closing but honestly, they said that about 6 months ago. So maybe someone will continue to give them reprieve? They sell awesome street signs, perfect imitations of the ones on the Parisian streets. So, if you get back there ...

Loved this entry. We're ex-New Yorkers but and glad to be in STL but always glad to see the City.

Jen Sertl said...

Tender Buttons, WOW! I am picturing myself there right now! Beautiful photos of the trip you fabulous photographer!