I am not typically a Black Friday shopper. I think it was all of those years working retail through high school and college that turned me off from the mall on crazy days like the Friday after Thanksgiving or the Monday after Christmas. My mom and I have been known to hit up an Old Navy on Thanksgiving (What? It’s right next to the Jewel when get our last minute groceries). This year on Black Friday, I found myself in Washington Heights (the north tip of Manhattan) on another 60 degree and sunny day (we had beautiful parade weather too!). My only requirement for this day was that I wanted to get moving. When my cousin suggested a walk down to the lighthouse under the George Washington bridge, I thought it was a wonderful idea. I laced my my sneakers and we all hit the road.
We wandered through Washington Heights, enjoying the sunshine and views of this unique neighborhood. My cousin and his wife have lived here a few years and are super knowledgeable about the area’s history.
My mom mentioned something about being ‘green’ and my cousin immediately suggested that we check out the High Line. I had no idea what they were talking about, but since none of us had ever seen it, we figured would be a fun thing to do and the perfect way to spend our afternoon. We made our way to the subway and headed down south.
I must admit, I’m not exactly sure which stop we got off at. But it was a beautiful day and we continued to walk through the streets. We walked past a gorgeous building with a sign out front. My cousin’s wife immediately recognized it as an artisan market for up and coming designers. The ladies headed straight in while the boys went in search of some food.
Inside the market, we found the most wonderful clothes and I fell in love with this Japanese designer. Her clothes were unique, adorable, and flattering. Plus, they were totally affordable. I could have bought everything, but settled on two fabulous tops.
The market was full of clothing, jewelry, and accessories and probably the least crowded (and underrated) Black Friday shopping area. If you live in NYC, check it out. I know that I’ll be going back soon!
We left the market bags in hand and headed towards the meatpacking district. I hadn’t been down here in YEARS and couldn’t help but referencing the Sex In The City episode where Samantha gets into a fight with the drag queens outside her window in this up and coming neighborhood.
We entered the High Line at Gansevoort Street with more than enough time to walk the trail, enjoy the view (don’t worry, I took tons of pictures), and soak in the afternoon sunshine. I loved spending the day with my family and getting to catch up on life. We walked all the way down to west 30th Street, and I was happy that I wore my gym shoes.
It was one of my favorite days in NYC and a much better way to spend the nation’s most popular shopping day than fighting crowds at the mall! Plus, I got to grab a street pretzel for the train ride back home…a yummy treat!