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A walk through the Fashion District and NoMad

The city is giving its best these days. Bright, clean, safe and as always with the best of shopping and entertainment. Let’s take a walk through the streets and neighborhoods, taking advantage as much as we can in these seven days, starting at the Fashion District and the NoMad.   There really is not much to visit in this neighborhood, but still worth taking a walk around on a weekday morning.

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Gershwin Hotel exterior.  Image Wikipedia

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The Garment District stretches from 34th to 41st St, between 5th. and the 8th. Avenue. Shops open 8.30 on weekdays, many are open on Saturday but all of them are closed on Sundays. There are many of artists, fashion students, designers and crafters shopping trims, ribbons, beads, buttons and fabrics.

storefronts-interboro-950x633The Garment District is known for its colorful storefronts selling everything from Spandex to sewing machine parts. — Credit: Interboro – madeinmidtown.org

NoMad or North of Madison Square, the area between 26th and 30th Streets, Park Avenue and Broadway  is the new hot spot thanks to the recovery of the park of the same name and the arrival of cool boutique hotels, artists, galleries and trendy shops.

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Have some drinks at The Breslin at the lobby of the Ace Hotel. 20W 29 St and Broadway,  a cocktail bar and bistro with an unbeatable atmosphere: modern, hipsters and fashionistas.  The onion soup is really good.

The Nomad Hotel, 1170 Broadway and 28St,  Michelin starred and expensive and worth it. You must take look around the hotel, has a number of small dining rooms and lounges surrounding a glass-enclosed atrium and the bar is awesome.

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The bar at the Nomad Hotel

Dine at the Eleven Madison Park, in the corner of the  impressive Art-Deco structure of the Metropolitan Life North Building or have lunch at La Mar, 11 Madison Avenue, peruvian seafood.

Gourmet italian food at Eataly, 200 5th Avenue between 23St and 24St, Mario Batali’s  italian store.

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Cebiche is the national dish of Perú made with fish and shellfish, briefly marinated in leche de tigre. Image La Mar.

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Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building are the icons on this area.  In the late 19th century, Madison Square was the focal point of one of Manhattan’s most élite neighborhoods, society’s most fashionable residences and hotels bordered the park. By the 1990s the park had fallen into disrepair, the park’s asphalt was cracked and broken, its grassy lawns eroded and sparsely planted. In response to this problem, the City Parks Foundation took the lead in organizing the Campaign for the New Madison Square Park, the precursor organization to the Madison Square Park Conservancy.  Today, Madison Square Park is at the heart of a revitalized business district, bordered by office buildings, retail establishments and restaurants.

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Madison Square Park from above at night.  Image Wikipedia

The Flatiron Building is located at 175 Fifth Avenue and Broadway, next to Madison Square Park. New Yorkers paid an immediate interest in the 22 story skyscraper, taking bets on how far the debris would come when the wind knocked it down and nicknamed “the flatiron” due to the resemblance of the building with the clothing iron of the time.

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Flatiron Building

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