The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, well-known for her neurotic characters, grew up in Flatbush. “I feel actual property brokers name it Kensington now,” she says. She and her husband referred to as the Higher West Aspect residence for a few decade within the Nineteen Seventies and ’80s — returning to Brooklyn briefly earlier than shifting to a “fairly, leafy suburb” with their three-yr-previous son and a daughter on the best way. When that daughter grew up and headed to school in NYC, Mother thought the child may want a metropolis primer. Thus was born “Nina’s Primary N.Y.C. Guide: Specializing in the Borough of Manhattan.” Now, Chast has expanded on the thought for a full-fledged new guide, “Going Into City: A Love Letter to New York” (Bloomsbury), and tells BILLY HELLER what delights her about New York Metropolis.
I really like going out and in of shops. M&J Trimming, in Midtown, has plenty of ribbons, tassels and trimmings. I obtained a patch with a chook there.
And there’s a Japanese bookstore, Kinokuniya, throughout from Bryant Park, that sells stationery provides and pens on the decrease flooring. All pens, pens of any sort. There’s a model of pen that is available in eight totally different sorts of inexperienced.
Bergdorf’s is extremely costly and I can’t afford something, however I wish to look.
Each neighborhood in New York has its personal character. My favourite is the Higher West Aspect. It’s slickened up a bit since I lived there. However Utopia Diner continues to be there. The individuals within the neighborhood go there and it’s fairly priced.
There was additionally that bizarre typewriter retailer [the now-closed Osner Business Machines]. I all the time appeared within the window. And Tip-Prime Footwear continues to be there — the place women like me can discover good-wanting footwear you could nonetheless afford.
Once I was rising up, we’d take the subway into the town, about 15 stops. It was an actual journey.
And a particular night time out with my husband was going to the previous Russian Tea Room. The blinis have been fantastic.
New York is one of the best place on the planet.