With Summer fast approaching, we’re getting pretty excited for long afternoons spent catching up on this year’s must reads. Whether it’s the latest Pulitzer Prize Winning novel on a bench in Central Park or the season’s must have memoir sprawled under a beach umbrella, a good book is a necessity for a great Summer!
But before you’ve dog eared the pages and bent the spine, you need to find the right read! Enter McNally Jackson, an independent bookstore standing proudly on Prince St. among the boutiques and cafes of SoHo. Sure, you can buy your book on Amazon.com or at one of the millions of Barnes & Nobles around the city, but McNally Jackson is more than just a place to pick up the latest New York Times Best Seller, it’s a destination.
Owner Sarah McNally opened the store with the “goal of having every book a customer could want and not a single one more.” As a result, the shop feels curated and not at all overwhelming. There’s no pressure to pick your book and purchase, rather the whole store feels like a second home, perfect for whiling away a rainy day. Books are stacked and organized by nation and there’s an Espresso Book Machine available for the sometime-writer who’s finally ready to take the next step! Pick up a snack and a cappuccino from McJ Cafe and peruse piles of novels, non-fiction essays, biographies, beach reads and more.
This spot is also famous for their literary events! Many memorable writers have signed, read and shared stories here. Check out the events page to see what’s going on this month!
Living in New York, there’s always a new exhibit on show, a cocktail bar opening or a food trend taking off (we’re still obsessing over the cronut!). We love sharing our New York with you, so we’ve begun a new series on the blog called Love NYC. We’ll be reviewing our favorite things to do, places to see, and (very often) spots to eat!
We can’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate Spring’s bounty than with a slice of pie. And for us, the best slice in the city comes from Four and Twenty Blackbirds!
The charming pie shop, owned by sisters Emily and Melissa Elsen, opened it’s doors in 2010 and is located among the vintage boutiques and artist warehouses of Gowanus, Brooklyn. Monday through Friday, it’s filled with locals nibbling at slices of pie, sipping Stumptown coffee and typing away on their laptops. And on weekends, New Yorkers fresh off the G train come hungry and ready to taste all of the treats on offer. With creative combinations and an eye for seasonal flavors, including Chamomile Buttermilk and Salty Honey, these pies are a little surprising and always delicious. The menu here is changed seasonally, the butter crust is made by hand and ingredients are organic and local, whenever possible. The Spring Pie Menu was just released and we’re especially excited about Apple Rose, Buttermilk Chess and Pink Peppercorn Chocolate!
If you’re not up for the journey to Gowanus, then you’ll be pleased to hear that they’ve recently opened an outpost at The Brooklyn Public Library. Spend a Spring day strolling through Prospect Park and then head into the library for a slice of Grapefruit Custard. Or, given the recent weather, cozy up in the library all morning and spend the afternoon pie tasting!
Cherry Blossom Festivals, light jackets, rain boots, blush-pink magnolias, sun-dappled afternoons…Spring has finally sprung. You can practically hear the entire city of New York breathe a sigh of relief. It’s been a long (and snowy) Winter and we’re all looking forward to putting our snow boots and down coats into the deepest depths of the closet. We pulled together a few links and a Spring playlist to get you in the mood for a beautiful Spring!
Get the season started early with Reading My Tea Leaves’ guide to Spring planting.
Our new favorite fashionista! These dresses (and their designer) are absolutely adorable!
The perfect print to welcome Spring.
We’re learning all about the upcoming May flowers with Design Sponge’s Flower Glossary.
And we’ll be rocking this gorgeous spring nail polish with Spring’s new neutrals this weekend!