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post #16 of 18
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Just returned from a glorious week in NYC (my first visit). Kind of felt like a stranger in my own land, although I've been to every other large city in the country.

I am so glad you had great time in NYC. Did you get caught with a brief snow storm Wed. morning?

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Assorted and scattered thoughts:

- New York men love the black square-toes. It killed me to see a guy in a great suit, only to look down and see the unseemly black clogs. Shoes of AE quality and up seemed rare. Lots of nice suits, though.

With so many stores selling high-end shoes, I really don't understand this phenomenon. However I do spot JL, EG from time to time. I once rode an elevator with a man wear a pair of Vass U last and I couldn't help but kept staring them.

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- Not a single sighting of a NASCAR "3" (or, for that matter "8") hat or jacket. Thousands of men and not a single NASCAR shout-out. This nation is truly divided. Also a notable absence of college sweatshirts.

I always wonder why the Ford F-150 pick-up is the best selling vehicle in the US because I don't remember ever seeing one in the whole metro area in the past 10 years. The nation is truly divided.

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- Actually hit an unannounced sale at Barneys and scored C & J cordovan bluchers for $279. Yes!

I have to check it out. I didn't expect Barneys having a sale this early, it usually starts in June. And don't forget to put your C&J cordovan on your shoe damage report.

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- Metropolitan Opera performance of Fidelio marred by a piss-poor substitution; left at intermission. Saw the stunning and fabulous Anna Netrebko in Pasquale (fantastic!). Sondheim Sweeney Todd (w/ Patti Lupone) was life-altering.

Did you go the one with Karita Mattila being replaced by Erika Sunnegardh? You didn't make it to La Traviata?

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- Visited Macys/Bloomingdales/Saks/Lobb/Alden/J Press/Weston/Polo mansion (didn't mention jose's name) and every other store I could find. Service everywhere was good to excellent. Exception to the above: Century 21, which I didn't care for.

Did you visit Vacca, Berluti, Davide Cenci, Jay Kos, Peter Elliot & FB? It's all worth it when C21 is on sale, did you pick up any H&B ties there? And how do you compare NYC Saks with Polish Saks?

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- New Yorkers don't deserve their reputation for rudeness. Many, many people overextended themselves to make our visit a fantastic experience.

It's a myth. I think NYers are more direct than rude.

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- For a policymaker, New York City is a fascinating combination of capitalism and government regulation.

It's funny so many from the Red States associate NYC with liberalism while so many Europeans associate NYC with capitalism.

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As another SF member noted to me, New York seems to make every other city look like a mere "town." It is overwhelming in the best way.

Yeah, indeed, it has the highest concentration of museums, performance arts venues, high end stores, top restaurants... Speaking of restaurants, where did you have your meals, did you check out any Michelin-starred restaurants?
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Did you go to the Lattanzi store? I'm not sure if you were able to see it before it closed - they are moving one block north. The shoes are like pieces of art. You'll certainly pay for them like they were pieces of art.
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QUOTE=von Rothbart]I am so glad you had great time in NYC. Did you get caught with a brief snow storm Wed. morning?

We were in Saks at the time, and everyone blamed us for bringing the bad weather with us. We had one nice day (Sunday), which we spent in Central Park. We thought that the great thing about NYC was that there was so much to do despite the bad weather. Where we live everyone just stays home when it rains.

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Did you go the one with Karita Mattila being replaced by Erika Sunnegardh? You didn't make it to La Traviata?

I assume so. I went to last Tuesday's performance solely to hear Mattila, (don't really like Fidelio). So, I got neither Heppner nor Mattila. Sunnegardh couldn't even sing a simple scale and was off-pitch all through her middle range. Chorus was great, though.

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Did you visit Vacca, Berluti, Davide Cenci, Jay Kos, Peter Elliot & FB? It's all worth it when C21 is on sale, did you pick up any H&B ties there? And how do you compare NYC Saks with Polish Saks?

Hit FB, but not the others. Also Paul Stuart, and other stores like HM, Levis, etc. Bought a Givenchy tie at Century 21 for $25 that I really like.
We have a Saks where I live, but nothing like the one on Fifth!


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Yeah, indeed, it has the highest concentration of museums, performance arts venues, high end stores, top restaurants... Speaking of restaurants, where did you have your meals, did you check out any Michelin-starred restaurants?[/QUOTE
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No Michelin stars. Went to Sardi's, Stage Deli, a Cuban place near 60th and Third, a Mexican place near Broadway, and 2 neighborhood Italian places in the West 60s/70s area. Our goal was to avoid all chains, which we did. Loved the cheap little pizza place in the heart of the high-end stores on the East Side. Contrary to rumors, the food was reasonably priced everywhere we went, although we admittedly were looking for inexpensive places.
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