- New York’s subway system isn’t as daunting as you’d think. Granted, I’m six feet tall and relatively fearless when it comes to urban travel, but unless you ride the rails late at night, you’re pretty much safe with a good set of instructions. Buy a metrocard from a machine in most of the larger stations (a $10 one gets your four rides, which is about what I averaged every day). I like paper directions (and feared loosing cell phone signal inside the subway), so I pre-printed instructions for myself using the “transit” feature on Googlemaps with great success. If you want to go digital, locals highly recommended a smartphone application called HopStop, but I didn’t have the chance to try it.
- Before you climb into a cab, know how locals would give the address. Generally, it’s something like “5th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd” rather than an exact address or using some street of the names like “Avenue of the Americas.” Using the local vernacular will decrease your chances of getting into a cab willing to take the long way to your destination to rack up a higher fare. And no, despite multiple efforts to do so, I never did climb into The Cash Cab while in town.
- This is a big city so it pays to be smart. Keep your wallet in a secured compartment of your handbag and carry a cross body bag if you can. Tuck a twenty (and a second credit card if you’re really nervous) somewhere else on your person so you’re okay if someone swipes your purse. Skip the iPod so you can take in your surroundings, and if you really want to blend in, wear black, walk fast, and look slightly grouchy (just kidding about the grouchy part).
New York, NY 10023
This lovely, vibrant shop didn’t earn it’s loyal following out of nowhere; owner and “soul of the shop” Pearl Chin set out to make a community and whoa boy, she succeeded. She and her entire staff bend over backward for customers, fueling their creativity and urging them on to new skills. To call it a store is such an understatement–this place is a studio, a hub, a home. “I didn’t want it to feel like a store,” Pearl explains of the colorful, delightfully chaotic space, “I wanted it to feel like my home.”
Great projects to consider:
It’s A Wonderful Cowl in Malabrigo’s Rasta
Churchmouse Yarn’s “Barb’s Koigu Ruffle”
The Awesome Oragami Sweater in Frog Tree Alpaca
New York, NY 10024