Jun 20 2014 | 17 Comments
SOME DAYS NEW YORK LOOKS LIKE PARIS
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.
Looks a lot like Paris. I know it’s written in English.
After a nice lunch of catch up I took off.
Shortly into my walk I passed this – very Parisian.
This guy could sort of be anywhere. But I just liked him. In Paris the ice cream would look fancier.
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.
This could be Paris. Or a film that takes place in Paris.
I had a destination, Claire Vivier. A french name.
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.
Tons of colors.
This could so be a shop in the Marais.
The sentiment is French though it’s pretty darn American.
This has a certain Parisian feel. Non?
- She could easily be in Paris.
This has a certain Parisian feel to it.
Next door was this The American Taoist Club. Totally a New York thing.
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.
And a block away I found her, in SoHo.
Now we have the Freedom Tower, which tells you could be nowhere but New York.