This Saturday I rode the train again into the city and spent the day there. I started out by going to the Manhattan temple. I rode the subway from the train up to Lincoln Square and as you are walking up the steps from the subway you look up and the temple is perfectly framed almost above you. I'm going to go back and try to take a picture because it was an amazing view. I did get this pic from across the street:
It is a small temple, but really beautiful.
I spent today on the mid east side of the Manhattan and my first stop was SPRINKLES, the original cupcake shop.
If you have ever watched Cupcake Wars on the food network, you know what I'm talking about. Sprinkles started in LA and I have been waiting for this shop to open for a while now! I would have to say it was worth the wait. First of all, the staff was SO NICE!!! I got an almond dark chocolate cupcake and milk for $5.50, which I thought was a good price for the city. I sat in the little shop on a window bench seat and ate my cupcake with the cute little wooden fork they provided. It was the perfect moistness and density of cake and the perfect amount of frosting. Next time you are in California, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, DC, or even Scottsdale (sort of random), I suggest you stop by.
Another one of my activities today was going to the Stephen A Schwarzman Building, which is the main building for the NY Public Library system. It is beautiful and I enjoyed the visit, but the number of books is surprisingly small. This building is used more for research and conferences and such. There is a beautiful reading room with amazing ceilings.
The outside of the library is the best part. There is a nice park and cute little chairs and tables where you can enjoy a great view of 5th Ave.
If it is books you are interested in, I suggest Argosy Books at 116 E 59th Street. It is 6 floors of old and rare books, autographs, and vintage maps and prints. AND they let you touch everything. I found some great vintage botanical prints fro $3 and $10 and some cool old book covers for $3. Not too shabby.
The rest of the day I spent shopping in the fashion district. My crafty heart cannot resist the walls of ribbon and buttons and beads and fabrics in every store. I also stopped by Macy's on 34th. It is HUGE!!! I wanted to look for a cheetah print scarf and instead of 2 or 3, I found about 30! Maybe that's why it's the biggest store in the world?