Sorry this post is so late, but I refused to continue to pay more for internet service for one day that I pay for an entire month! I know I need a wireless card but for now, my posts are totally at the mercy of available FREE service when I’m not at home.
Any who, after two complete days of walking around New York from sun-up til sun-down, my feet were really tired. Even though I made a conscientious effort to wear comfortable shoes (cute, but comfortable) I soon realized that there is no other way to walk NYC than barefoot or in gym shoes. Well, I decided that maybe getting a pedi would give my feet revitalized energy to finish out my excursion. Being subscribed to many digital mags, I happened to be reading my Racked National and came across an article about an Essie Flagship store opening on the Upper East Side. I looked it up and found out it was the ONLY Essie store in the country so needless to say, I had to check it out! So, day 3 in NYC began with a mission: find the Essie store. I made my appointment and jumped on the subway headed for a pedicure.
The Essie nail salon is housed in the Samuel Shriqui Salon located at 37 E 65th St, and it is a dream salon! The nail stations have cushy loveseats for you to sit and EVERY Essie shade that is manufactured is available in this salon! Now, this is living I think as I sit and plunge my feet into the pedicure bowl.
Not thinking that this spa experience could get any better, my nail tech, Rosa, tells me that I just missed Naomi Campbell, but that she is on the terrace having lunch! I’m in the midst of celebs too! Wow! Halfway through my pedi, a wonderfully friendly lady named Josephine Allen comes up and welcomes me to her spa and asks where I’m from. When I tell her Chicago, she treats me like I’m the rock star that I think I am and says “Oh I’ve got to tell Essie to come and meet you!” Not knowing who Essie is, I ask Rosa. “Essie is the owner of Essie!” she answers as if that was the dumbest question of the day! “Like the owner of Essie? The Essie nail polish company?” “Uh, yeah!” And then I hear Josephine returning with fabulously tall, impeccably dressed and coiffed Essie Weingarten and Steven, the hairstylist and make up artist for Marlo Thomas and several other celebs. With the way I was gushing, you would think I had won the lottery!
Not only did they welcome me to the spa, but asked me about my stay in NYC, gave me some ideas on places to visit, talked to me like we were old girlfriends and made me promise to come back and visit. Steven stayed and chatted and gave me really good suggestions on places to go for lunch, dinner and drinks, talked to me about where he goes when he is in Chicago and we even talked about the house music scene in the Chi! Have I said I LOVE New Yorkers?!
After my pedi, it was on to the garment district. I was excited to visit Macy’s shoe department. It was like being at a shoe buyer’s expo. Literally an entire floor of Macy’s was dedicated to women’s shoes! It was another 3 million people shopping and every designer had its own section. It was massively overwhelming. So much so, that I couldn’t find a thing. Besides the fact that I didn’t travel all the way to New York to buy Michael Kors; I can go to Macy’s on State Street and do that. We attempted to visit a sample sale shop where you can find all types of designer duds on discount, but I found out that the stores in this area close whenever they want to and on this day, most of them closed around 3! WTH?! I LOVE New York :-/
Growing ever so weary, we make our way back toward Times Square and the hotel to catch a bite to eat and some rest before heading out for the night. On to the Upper West Side and Stand Up NY comedy club. Now it’s no telling who you might catch at one of these clubs; one night might be a night of up and coming comics or Chris Rock trying out some new material. Well tonight was a night of 5 new comics. I don’t remember any of their names, but I do remember they were hilarious! We were having a gut busting laugh until the 2 drink minimum bill came – $71 for 4 vodka and cranberries. An 18% gratuity (there were only 2 of us) $5 in tax, and a $10 dollar “service charge.” I would have walked out but I was afraid that it might turn into the Dave Chappelle character Reggie Warrington scene from the Nutty Professor; so I stayed put and didn’t laugh at another damn joke. New York, I love it …
Making it back to the hotel, we decided to have a nightcap at the Hotel Bar Broadway 49 which overlooks Broadway, a great people watching perch! Time to turn in so we can finish this trip right!