New York Minute

Brooklyn we go hard.

Almost two weeks ago I watched as my beyond brave twin sister packed all she owns into the back of a cargo van and drive away to New York City. Four days later I am on a bus to visit her new pad in Brooklyn (Prospect Park South) and spend some time with my other half.

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The trip began with a visit to my great friends Andrews place to shower and relax before meeting Katie back in the city for a book signing. The book signing was for Spirit Junkie, Gabrielle Bernstein's newly released book, and I couldn't wait to meet her. Self work is something I have made a lifetime commitment to and it was the perfect note to start my trip to NY on.

After a successful subway ride over the bridge and into Union Square I was reunited with Kate and it was as though we met for book signings and had dinner on park benches every night. The Spirit Junkie event was all I had hoped for and I left feeling so grateful to have read the article about Gabby in the August issue of Elle.

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The following day, we headed to a Children's footwear fashion show that I can defintiely say was the experience of the lifetime. Afterwards we got lunch and shopped for trim to make some superstar scarfs. Thursday night was spent in Park Slope, where we ate pizza and had Brooklyn Octoberfest's.

Friday was my exploratory day around Soho, Nolita and Union Square.  I began at Starbucks and then walked all around Soho and Nolita, making stops at my new favorite jewelery store on Elizabeth Street, called Erica Weiner and Billy's for coffee and a cupcake. I ended up leaving with a card from Hammerpress at Erica Weiner, which resulted in a great conversation about letterpress.

Friday night was spent celebrate my great friend Lindsay's 23rd birthday in Union Square.

Saturday I was with Lindsay on the Upper West Side, for a great walk through Central Park to Bloomingdale's to get their infamous frozen yogurt and have lunch.

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Just when I thought I had done so much in NY in four days, we find out that the Brooklyn Book Festival is that Sunday.  So of course we were going.

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First we stopped at a great cafe called Madeline's for coffee so Katie could show my Courtelyou Road, a few minutes away from her new pad. Hyped on caffeine we headed to the Book Festival, armed with Tom Perrotta's new book for him to sign. Unfortunately, we missed Mr. Perrotta's signing, but the day took a majorly positive turn when Katie found out that Purgatory Pie Press was there! Purgatory Pie Press is definitely my favorite letterpress shop in New York City and I covet all of the artist book's that Esther and Dikko Faust produce.  It was a pleasure talking with their daughter Polly and I can't wait for my visit at the beginning of October.

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Such a great trip to NY, I'm already looking forward to going back in October!