Go to Guide-Dover Street Market NYC
Continuing to create new episodes of content, Streetzblog is keeping in the tradition of multiples ala the Hawaii Designs and Makiki Heat Series. With the Go to Guides. These will be guides to various places throughout the world with ideas and suggestions on where to shop, eat and sleep. In that order.
We also think it would be cool if you could add in your own suggestions on the Go to Guides in the comment section. Either mention something that pertains to this area of town or give us a tip on the similar subject but in your part of the World. The more tips and suggestions the better experience it will be for the various Streetzblog visitors looking for places to see, shop, eat, play and sleep.
Today’s go to guide takes us to the #funandfabulous Dover Street Market NYC experience. As done by Scott at Streetzblog 2x. Once in 2014 and the other time in 2015, both in the month of December. BTW: Happy New Year! (1/1/16)
Streetzblog.com’s Go to Guide to Dover Street Market NYC
- Head Down 45th to Lexington, make a right, pass the Post Office. Go to Grand Central Station. Note: If your suitcase is too full of goodies from NY, stop by the Post Office on Lexington and send a large pre paid box back to your home. During the Holidays, You can even watch a bit of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer while you stand in line.
- Grand Central Station: I suggest going in to the marketplace. Here you can find the freshest Meats, Cheeses, Candies and a full-on Cornucopia of delicious delicacies. Great presents and you can take awesome photos of the freshest food around town.
Secret Time: Now this isn’t quite as fun as finding these places all over the city and going to the original venues. But if you are low on time or just like to get things done quickly. Go into Grand Central Station and you’ll find some of NY’s and the World’s best and most talked about institutions. These include the Shake Shack (Remember the Shake Shack in Central park in Sex in the City, we’ll this is is the place) The same burgers, French fries and frozen custard can be found here. Magnolia Bakery-Try the famous Red Velvet Cupcake or buy a box for the relatives you’re coming back to or going to visit, Cipriani Dolci, Diptyque, Frankie’s Dogs on the Go, Juniors Bakery (Like the cheese cake place with the long lines in Times Square, yep same place), Michael Jordan’s the Steak House NYC, the New York Transit Museum and Gallery, Oyster Bar and Restaurant-this is the place you see in all the TCM movie classics and yes! it is the oldest restaurant in all of Grand Central, Two Boots Pizzeria, Zaro’s Bakery-been around for over 75 years and still tasting as good if not better as day one!.
It took me 28 x going to NYC to find the secret to getting all you need in 1 place. And the place to go is Grand Central Station. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on seeing the town. But this is a super-duper secret if you are low on time or just want to see everything you imagine NY to be all in one simple destination.
- Step out of Grand Central Station and continue down Lexington. There’s a couple good deli’s to pick up some coffee-In NY I always order Deli Coffee extra Sweet and Light-it’s like drinking a donut with caffeine or get some fresh carrot juice along the way. And don’t worry you didn’t walk past DSM yet, its about a 15-20 minute walk to DSMNY.
- DSM: Be careful that you don’t miss DSM. You need to pay attention and turn right at 160 Lexington Ave. at 30th. Street. The area looks very residential. But yes, this is Dover Street Market. I suggest that you go to each floor and see what’s going on. Bring your camera to take pictures of the monthly art installations along with some of the best clothes you will ever see in one place. Note: Some things are a bit pricey so be prepared. The first year I bought the DSM x Converse black Hi-Tops and the 2nd year I nabbed a Patricia Field Black with white lettering Vogue in Japanese Snapback. I was very tempted to get the Commmes Des Garcons drop crotch shorts, but they were just a little too pricey for my budget on that day. Also while there, make sure you talk to the workers, they are usually very friendly and happy to help you find what you’re looking for. They are also dressed very hip and happening. Check out their looks for inspiration.
- Note: If you can’t make it to DSM in person they have a great Mail order shop entitled DSMNY E-Shop. It’s here you can purchase the limited edition items. I picked up a Jordan x DSM shirt and a sweet Commes Des Garcons x Supreme blue plaid workers jacket that I get lots of complements on. Yes, it was pricey, but very worth it!
- After shopping or Window Shopping at DSM. Go back the way you came a couple blocks and eat at Vezzo the thin crust pizza joint. It’s dark inside which always rates an A+ for me, the pizza is really good and they have a fantastic Arugula, slivered cheese, pear, and Gorgonzola salad to die for. And the serving is HUGE. Perfect after a long walk and many steps in DSM, I think there are 7 total floors at DSM and the best and most fun way to see it all is be the steps. (They do have an elevator so no need to panic).
- After you eat, you can head over to Korea town, or back track to 37th and head to Around the World magazines. That’s what I did the last time I was there. Around the World Magazines has some of if not the best Fashion magazines all in one spot. And in the back there are older editions of great titles for awesome prices along with additional fashion and graphic design oriented books. Around the World Magazines is located at 148 West 37th Just past Broadway.
- After the Magazine store, lunch and DSM my daily budget is pretty done. So I usually walk back to the Roosevelt Hotel on 45th and Madison. My favorite hotel in all of NYC. Say Hi to Alfredo if you go there. Tell him you heard about him from Scott from Hawaii on Streetzblog. I’m sure he’d be delighted to see you. If you do stay here, make sure you make it to breakfast on at least 1 of your days. They guys down there are super friendly, they have unlimited Starbucks coffee, fresh fruit, some of the best bacon in the world and it’s a pretty cool vibe with pictures of Teddy Roosevelt on the walls and great views of the streetz from the seats. The Roosevelt Hotel is located at 45th and Madison Ave. smack dab in the middle of Mid-Town.
DSMF@DSM Do Shop Many Floors at Dover Street Market
What’s Hot on the Streetz-December 2014
In December 2013 I somehow missed the Grand Opening of NY’s most Hip, Hype and Happening Hi-End Luxe Life shopping experience. DSM opened in December 2013 and Streetzblog has been hoping to go here ever since. Saturday December 20th they celebrated their 1-Year Anniversary party and we hit it up on Monday December 22, 2014. This will be more of a pictorial blog posting than editorial. So let’s get the party started with some hot brands and their special Comme Des Garcons Frozen selection.
On my list of things to do this year in NYC, DSM was on the top of the list. I always stay at 45th and Madison at the Roosevelt Hotel and most things are within walking distance, this is one of them. Located about 15 minutes away on Lexington and 30th is the 7 full stories of the Famed Dover Street Market with practically every Luxe-Life Street and Hi End Hip Brand imaginable on each and every floor. Some brands represented when we were there included: Thom Browne, Alexander Wang, Hood By Air, APC, Nike like you’ve never seen them before, Sunsea and of course…Comme Des Garcons. And, It’s not just a store but an art installation at the same time, Can you feel the art meets fashion Vibe here?
Here we see some gear that I’ve only seen on the internet and in magazines, but got to see LIVE in person at Dover Street Market in NYC. Check some of this nice Luxe-Life gear out!
It was a great time to stop by, they still had some of the 1st Anniversary Dover Street Market x Converse 70’s Limited Edition Kicks. These have extra bounce in them, shiny fronts, and the very a la mode blacked out color-way which makes them extremly comfy, very stylish and a must have while they last purchase ($145 plus tax).
As you would expect some of the pieces at the market are a bit pricey. But if you’re looking for what you’ve been seeing on the net and in the mags and enjoy living the Luxe-Life, DSM is the place for you. Or if you just enjoy browsing a really fun store, this is the place to go. It reminds me a bit of the Limelight Marketplace when it was the hippest place to go. Although, I haven’t checked up or heard about the Limelight for a couple of years. I do know that they are still there, so you may want to check them out-they also carry fancy Nike’s, Comme Des Garcons and maybe DJ Lui is still there?
DSM also has food, various Teas, and coffee on the ground floor. Oh, and they do have T’s. Go to the 6th Floor. These were a bit hard to find, so I wanna’ make sure you know that they are on Floor Number 6 and they have a nice selection of sizes for guys and gals-logo with stripes and without, made by Commes Des Garcons. If you’re not ready to spend 4K on a fine lambskin jacket, you may want a shirt or two. I couldn’t resist the limited edition DSM x Cons, almost bought a shirt, but I’m a shoe guy, so “had” to go for the kicks.
Say Hi to Jason if you go there, he was very helpful, nice and was wearing the new blackened out cons. Tell him you heard about DSM on Streetzblog, he’ll remember seeing me, I was dressed up for the location. Utilizing some of my fast fashion tricks with a few Luxe-Life brands slipped in for an all around 2014 Trend a la Moment look. And I matched really well today, which doesn’t always happen!
FIT & HP!
On my Annual December Trip to NYC, I usually need one day to recuperate and save some money. Shopping in NYC is kind of like Gambling in Vegas for me, In Vegas I have one day where I watch TV and Check out Cris Angel to stay away from the slot machines. In NYC, I need a day to stay away from buying Clothes and Kicks, so I sleep a bit more, relax and check out a museum or two. Since this 5 day series was originally meant to show others,what cool things there are to do in NYC, I need to mention that last year on the “relax” day, I walked from 45 and Madison all the way through Central park to the Museum of Natural History-the Park was clean, smelled great, was relaxing, warm, and I took a lot of great pictures. The museum was cool too, you can see all the different animals and people in the Ben Stiller “Night in the Museum” movies-the museum is just a bit BIG and overwhelming, so save a few hours or more for it.
Now on to this year, First Stop the FIT Museum.
First off, The fashion’s I’m wearing: The Jacket is from shopping the day before at Superdry on Broadway in Soho. I like the camo, the flo orange accents and the Jacket is actually very warm and stood up to the Chicago wind! First time in years I didn’t feel the wind go through my jacket. And like many stores in Soho this was 50% off, so I bought a brand new jacket and a pretty happening black and orange T for less than $100! Note: Everything’s cool about the jacket except the zippers are just a bit confusing-there are 4!, but who cares about something confusing when it looks good!
The Pants are the models own D-Squared very expensive jeans. These were also on sale year’s ago that somehow I rationalized out to buy at the crazy price even on sale. I think I had a $100 bill, a Gift Card, a credit Card and yes, they were 40% off, but any percent off of $695 is pretty crazy. Just shows, I can pretty much rationalize out any kind of clothes or Kicks purchase no matter how whack and out of budget. Yikes! (That’s why this month is no clothes or Shoes month) I can’t wait until Feb 1!
And the shoes! The Shoes! Can you believe it! They were just waiting for my arrival. They match the Jacket perfectly, the fit is super comfortable and for some insane reason the flo orange on the bottoms NEVER get dirty-so, so perfect. And yes, these were on sale-$100 off, then since they were the last pair on display-I received another 15% off and another 10% off with my Bloomingdale’s card. I tell you this year in SOHO every store except Rag & Bone had sales of 40-60% off. It was amazing!
For years I’ve wanted to go to this place. For years I didn’t make it, this year I made it a point to go to it. Overall it was a fun experience although it was a bit strange. Both museums at the FIT school had ZERO people working at them-No one to talk to, No one to greet You, No one to..well do anything. Although, they did have a NO picture policy and the two museums were being patrolled by 4-6 security guards in each museum!! I just found it really weird that there were no workers there.
The first museum was technology over the years. Did you know that the US invented a men’s drip dry SUIT way back in 1959. Well they did! and they have a funny black and white video of a guy sitting in a bath tub sipping a martini or was it coffee?.. smoking a cig then getting out of the tub and heading to work. That was worth the trip-very funny vid. the other piece I really liked was a Pinkish purple A Line Dress from the 60’s with a space ship on it. But since no pix were allowed, I can just tell you it looked great from memory and my iPhone notes.
The second exhibition was the history of Ivy style. This vibe was real similar, lots of guards, no photos allowed and no people to say “Hi” to. But I do have a few more notes on this from my iPhone. Here are the Highlights: The Thomas Browne mannequin was dressed to the 2013 T’s! Totally in the now SPIKES on his shoulders, SPIKES on his pants and SPIKES on his Shoes in a green and pink flannel jacket with boots that went up to his knee-Very Modern, hip and Thom’s version of Ivy. Michael Bastian had some nice light grey jeans, they had some extremely bold striped flannel Jackets from Brooks Brothers from 1928-very big and bold horizontal white and red stripes, and also big bold blue and multi colored stripes-Kind of like A Barnum and Bailey circus get up, but it was what you wore if you were preppy back in the day. And I especially liked the bright orange1919 Princeton reunion Jacket-it was in pristine condition and looked like you could wear it today!
My other iPhone notes from FIT say: “Camera, Glasses, Pill bottle and Watch” I seriously don’t know exacty what that means but I think it was from the last exhibit near the doorway. Sounds fun and I do remember the setting at the table was that..Fun!
So, after seeing the two exhibits I asked one of the guards where the Gift Shop was. He said down the street near the coffee shop. So, in 23% weather I went to check it out. Turned out to be the store where if you were a student at FIT you would shop for your supplies. I bought some Skulled out duct tape for my friends at Nephilim Halls Promotions, a BIG dark blue Graffiti Pen, and a pretty cool fiction book about contemporary NYC and Fashion.The Book is entitled: A Whirlwind Profession by Catherine Miller and It was written in 2010 and I’d recommend it to my blog readers. The Girl in the book is a fashion designer who actually goes to eat at the same Italian restaurant-The Trattoria Dopo Teatro I ate at two days ago from the FIT day. What a cool coincidence. So many restaurants in NY that we both went to the same place and as the book says the food is AWESOME! I also recommend the restaurant!
HP-the Harry Potter Experience
Now this one my daughter really wanted to go to, so since she endured FIT-in a good mood at that. I figured I could take a touristy joint like the Harry Potter dealio. We had walked to FIT from 45th which took about an hour, so to get to HP, we took the subway. it turned out to be pretty fun and only 2 stops to Times Square. We were treated to a guitarist jamming and singing a Bob Seger tune-he actually got tipped pretty well too!
Unlike FIT which was free, the HP experience was $50 for the two of us. I only watched the first two movies so I was a bit out of it. But everyone else there including my daughter were pretty amazed and enthralled by the displays. my favorite part was getting snowed on when we first went in the door. If you’re a Harry Potter Fan this is a must see, if you aren’t you can probably pass on it. No roller coaster rides like in England’s underground museums, no interactivity, just a TON of props, wands, clothes, and gear from the movie. It was OK, I would have liked it better if it was a “Fast and The Furious” Exhibition. I’ve seen all those movies at least 3 times each. And Fast and the Furious-Tokyo Drift I’ve seen 8 times. But, if you do like HP you will like this “experience”.
Next blog will be Day 5, the fifth and final day of DEC NYC 2012! Talk to you then.