Here we have the second instalment of my ‘NYC Diaries’ (read the first instalment here). The High Line and Chelsea Market were two places I was told to visit time and again by people in the run-up to my trip and I’m so glad Phill and I took heed! We had a great morning exploring the big urban indoor market and then going to view the High Line – which is a disused railway track transformed into a public park. Both places are right next door to each other in the very fashionable Meatpacking District.
When I think of the Meatpacking District I think of Sex and the City. Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha Jones moves from the Upper East Side to the Meatpacking District in series 3 and whilst she gets off to a bad start in her new neighbourhood, it is seen as the up and coming place to be based. And it continues to be a very cool place to this day and a big magnet for tourists like me.
First off we entered the Chelsea Market which is home to an array of artisan food stores, cafes and small eateries. There’s also a big area dedicated to independent creators – from clothes and jewellery designers to artists. It was here I fell in love with the small bags by New York designer Pamela Barsky. At her stall hundreds and hundreds of zippered bags are lined up next to eachother with various funny/quirky/sarky comments on them. In the end, after much deliberation, I bought a bag that reads ‘i’m sorry i didn’t hear what you said i was too busy instagramming pics of how much fun we are having’. Couldn’t resist!
Thanks to racked.com I also got the tip-off that a sample sale was going on in the Chelsea Market. Whilst I’d never heard of the designer Trina Turk, I wanted to check out my first ever sample sale and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed. I really liked LA-based Trina Turk’s clothing range and handbags. Her style is colourful, fun and vibrant and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on her future collections. I walked away with trousers (or should I say ‘pants’), a silk top and purse – all at great discount.
My final purchase from the market was some organic wheat free granola from the nutbox. This stuff is yum! I should have bought more when Phill told me too. I’m such a sucker for homemade style granola.
When I was finally ready to leave the market, it took only a few strides before we were at the bottom of the steps that lead up to the High Line. Whilst it probably would be a more beautiful sight come late spring when the plants have turned green and luscious, the High Line never-the-less was an awesome sight. The views you get from the High Line are wonderful. You can see all the characterful New York buildings, the hub-bub of daily New York life. I could happily have people watched from the High Line for hours. What’s most impressive about this area, however, is that is is looked after and maintained by ‘Friends of the High Line’ – a non-profit, private partner to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
I would have loved to explore more of the Meatpacking District but we were on a tight schedule and the afternoon was all about Downtown. Stay tuned for my next NYC update!