The insider’s guide to NYC

Posted on October 16, 2008

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I’m not in love with New York.

This probably makes me different from most other Londoners I know who all seem to be enthralled with the Big Smoke.

I went there about 14 years ago so guess the joys of NYC are probably wasted on a kid but it just seemed so big and noisy and intense. I much prefer Miami Beach.

But the Village Voice’s Best of New York ’08 round-up has got me considering a trip. I adore the way that they have such random categories like,  Best Brooklyn Ruin, Best Dive for Holding a Conversation and Best Floral Jewellery:

Kristen “the Flower Lady”
Spring Street between Crosby and Broadway, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Soho is a real bloomer with Kristen “the Flower Lady” around. She’s a local vendor who usually stands next to a board tacked full of real flowers, seemingly frozen in time. But make no mistake about it: These aren’t lovely bouquets you put in a vase. They’re jewelry—earrings and necklaces made from real flowers encased in resin. Her biggest sellers are Dianthus (Sweet William), hydrangea, Scaevola (fan plant), and Queen Anne’s lace. Prices range from $20 to $60 for earrings and $30 to $150 for necklaces. As long as the weather’s good, expect her to be out and about and tell her we sent you.

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