Tracey Jackson

Jun 20 2014 | 17 Comments

SOME DAYS NEW YORK LOOKS LIKE PARIS

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Have you ever noticed how when describing cities people often say, It’s the Paris of…fill in the blank?  Prague is the Paris of Eastern Europe. Saigon is the Paris of Viet Nam. Shanghai is the Paris of China. I don’t think people actually say that about Shanghai; but you know what I mean.

People often say New York is the battery of the world, though they now often say that about Shanghai too. But they seldom say it is the Paris of anywhere. Though on certain days, in certain parts of town, New York can feel a lot like Paris.

Last week I met my friend Gotham Gal downtown for lunch and then I took off on a long walk through one of my favorite neighborhoods, Nolita. There were many spots where New York looked like Paris to me. And then of course there were those places where it could only be New York.

But that is one of the great things about New York, it can be many places and only itself at the same time.

Lafayette where we met for lunch.

Lafayette where we met for lunch.

 

Looks a lot like Paris.

Looks a lot like Paris. I know it’s written in English.

 

After a nice lunch of catch up I took off.

After a nice lunch of catch up I took off.

Shortly into my walk I passed this - very Parisian.

Shortly into my walk I passed this – very Parisian.

This guy could sort of be anywhere. But I  just liked him.

This guy could sort of be anywhere. But I just liked him.  In Paris the ice cream would look fancier.

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It's not so Paris. It's pretty downtown, but maybe not.

It’s not so Paris. It’s pretty downtown, but maybe not.

My favorite balcony in New York. It's on Bond Street that feels like Europe, but not Paris. Or maybe it feels like Bond Street in New York.

My favorite balcony in New York. It’s on Bond Street that feels like Europe, but not Paris. Or maybe it feels like Bond Street in New York.

This could be Paris. Or a film that takes place in Paris.

This could be Paris. Or a film that takes place in Paris.

I had a destination,  Claire Vivier. A french name.

I had a destination, Claire Vivier. A french name.

She makes what might be the best thing a girl can have.

She makes what might be the best thing a girl can have.

These great little bags that I suddenly cannot live without. You use them to hold things in your bag or you can use them as a bag. They are pretty perfect.

These great little bags that I suddenly cannot live without. You use them to hold things in your bag or you can use them as a bag. They are pretty perfect.

Tons of colors.

Tons of colors.

This could so be a shop in the Marais.

This could so be a shop in the Marais.

She agrees.

She agrees.

The sentiment is French though it's pretty darn American.

The sentiment is French though it’s pretty darn American.

This has a certain Parisian feel. Non?

This has a certain Parisian feel. Non?

She could so be in Paris.
She could easily be in Paris.

 

This has a certain feel to it.

This has a certain Parisian feel to it.

Next door was this The American Taoist Club. Totally  a New York thing.

Next door was this The American Taoist Club. Totally a New York thing.

Totally. The brand might be off.

Totally. The brand might be off.

I followed this guy for three blocks trying to get his photo. I just liked his outfit. He is a creature of the world.

I followed this guy for three blocks trying to get his photo. I just liked his outfit. He is a creature of the world.

And a block away I found her, in SoHo.

And a block away I found her, in SoHo.

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Now we have the Freedom Tower, which tells you could be nowhere but New York.

Now we have the Freedom Tower, which tells you could be nowhere but New York.

 

  • Cindy Bouchard

    One day I will get to New York City!!

  • Bobby Levithan

    Thank you for this love note! Even as a native NEW YORKER, I am periodically dazzled by the city: particularly my greater downtown neighborhood, !

  • Rich Goldstein

    “Old investors scoff at this, but the young ones hope they’ll take a chance and they promise it will make more dough than Mickey Mouse in northern France” is a great line from a Dar Williams song about place that are like each other. Sometimes I wish New York were in Paris. It’s too good a city for a country like this.

  • Larry

    Thanks for the guided tour. Very enjoyable.

  • http://www.traceyjacksononline.com/ Tracey Jackson

    Saved you schlepping across the country! Glad you liked it. :)

  • http://www.traceyjacksononline.com/ Tracey Jackson

    I think that sounds like a plane. It always makes me happy to make others happy. As Paul Williams, my partner on my next book says it’s a heart payment. So thank you.

  • http://www.traceyjacksononline.com/ Tracey Jackson

    I have disagree Rich, I think it’s a perfect city for a country like this.

  • http://www.traceyjacksononline.com/ Tracey Jackson

    That’s your hood. There is nothing like it. Decades later I am still constantly delighted by it all.

  • http://www.traceyjacksononline.com/ Tracey Jackson

    Yes. You must. Must. Must.

  • Teresa

    Well, that was a fun virtual tour! Very enjoyable. Great photos!

  • michele

    wonderful, what a great way to spend some time relaxing in the city…but here is something really strange for you..The picture of the woman on the phone…..Larry’s beautiful ex-wife Meryl…..how very strange is that!

  • http://www.traceyjacksononline.com/ Tracey Jackson

    Thank you Teresa. Glad you came along!

  • http://www.traceyjacksononline.com/ Tracey Jackson

    Your Larry? Yeah well, life is funny that way! She was like 22. But Larry was one of those guys huh? xoxoxo

  • michele

    noooooo, then it isn’t her… looks a helluva lot like her though, no Meryl is like 48-49. Could you just picture Larry with a 22 year old…he wouldn’t have known what to do with that, lol!

  • http://www.traceyjacksononline.com/ Tracey Jackson

    He would have made her a sandwich. You know like with turkey and cheese and some mortadella…..;)

  • michele

    :)

  • joe z

    I love Paris, but I have yet to get that feeling in NYC. There just doesn’t seem to be the pride in the city government that the Parisian administrators have.It may be a little arrogant, but it’s what makes Paris like no other city.