Serendipitous Shopping Excursion, a la Subway March 8, 2012

Sure, I know how to get around on the NYC subway!

No problem. Except for the minor issue of missing my desired stop by 14 blocks. But, here’s where it gets good! If I hadn’t been in a daze, looking at e-mail, I would have gotten off the subway where planned and gone directly to ABC Carpet and Home, for my regular pilgrimage, to this beautiful retail shrine of everything “home”.

Instead, I ended up spending my milk money at this beautiful shop, Far Eastern Arts & Antiques, with the help of the owner, Stephen Gano. Located at the corner of Broadway and 11th Street, I would have missed it completely, had I gotten off at 23rd Street. So, it was destiny!

I found this wonderful old lacquered chest in a great brick red color. And this green plant stand is another favorite!


20120308-235627.jpg I also found this sweet little folk art horse and a couple of great silver cuffs.



20120308-235859.jpg The photographs don’t do these fabric pieces justice, but I’ll show better pictures when I can. One is a child’s kimono, another is a batik fabric sarong, (pillows?) and a painting on fabric of a wedding scene.

Stephen opened the shop in 1964 and is an expert on Asian art, if ever you’re in the market for this sort of thing, I hope you’ll pay him a visit.

Now, what could be better to follow such an excursion, than lunch with Mr. Wonderful at Gramercy Tavern? It is one of the prettiest restaurants in town and the food and service are wonderful as well. This was our second visit and we loved it just as much as the first time!

They have their own on-staff floral designer, who’s designs are stunning! From the window, you see three simple iron urns with flowers, followed by an amazing arrangement when you walk in the door!


Plus more, everywhere you look!






20120309-001256.jpg in the ladies room, on the table…everywhere.

20120309-001401.jpg This is a restaurant that pays attention to the details. For instance, they not only serve a selection of sugars with the iced tea, but also a small carafe of simple syrup, in case you prefer that option to sweeten your drink. How fun!

Well, if I’m not boring you with this New York stuff, I’ll have more to share soon.

Until we meet again, safe travels!,

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  1. Shelley @ Calypso in the Country on March 9, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Oh I just love ABC! I haven’t been there in years!

  2. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality on March 9, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Hi, Barbara, thank you for stopping by & for the nice note. So nice to meet you & I’m excited you are coming to Haven. I’m the old girl in the bunch & heading it up here in ATL and we are beyond thrilled that Haven is coming together. God has certainly been with me the past year and I am amazed at all the wonderful opportunities coming my way. Be sure and introduce yourself when you come to Haven!!

  3. Karena on March 9, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Barbara I love when things happen this way!! I just purchased a trunk similar to the one above! It needs a lot of work. The lid is unhinged and it is quite scratched up. After I repair it then I may paint it. Any suggestions…also curious about the price of the one at Far Eastern Antiques.

    Art by Karena

  4. Gale Patron on March 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Grammery Tavern looks like a treat. it’s now on the list for our next visit.
    Gale & Glenn

    • Barbara Bussey on March 10, 2012 at 4:31 am

      Good morning, dear friend! Good idea! You’ll enjoy it!

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