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I Love New York for Design Inspiration!

Posted on October 14, 2012 by Blog Design Journal

I love New York! Don’t you?

For artists and designers especially, New York is a treasure trove of museums, art galleries, and colorful scenes. Even the trendy restaurants in SoHo are full of design ideas. They are always ahead of the national trends.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is always inspiring. And the museum shop offers all kinds of inspiration and gifts to take home.

Cooper’s Union probably is probably my favorite design museum, though. Besides the featured exhibits, they have a wonderful fashion history collection.

From the Cloisters, in its beautiful parklike setting on Riverside Drive, to the Guggenheim, where the architecture itself is a work of art, New York never fails to entertain artists and designers. From one visit, you can bring back enough fresh ideas to last for a year.

To me Central Park is magical. I’m not sure why. It is a lovely park, with some nice sculptures here and there, but I think part of its charm is the contrast with the tall buildings that surround it.

Broadway shows are fun, but I also love the little shops on and around Broadway, like the Ballet Shop and a host of others. I even like the little grocery stores, maybe 10 feet wide, where you ask for what you want, and the proprietors dash around behind the counter, gathering your order.

For a writer, lunch or tea at the Algonquin Hotel is obligatory. You can easily imagine Dorothy Parker and her friends chatting, laughing and inspiring each other over coffee or cocktails.

We like to fly into JFK. It’s close to Manhattan, and you can stay in nearby hotels JFK airport for a lot less and use the money you save to buy all those must-have items at the museum stores. And for business travel it is so much more convenient to stay near the airport.

The last time I was in New York, I came out of the Met museum to find a colorful parade, celebrating some local holiday, passing by Central Park. People from all over the country had travelled to NYC to be in it, and I had never even heard of it.

See what I mean, New York is almost magical. It is always full of delightful surprises.

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