New Year, New Adventures in New York City

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By Katie Nelson, Buffalo Exchange Chelsea

Here at Buffalo Exchange’s Chelsea location in Manhattan, we’re at a perfect jumping-off point for exploring New York City. In the spirit of starting fresh and creating adventure in the New Year, clean out your closet, sell your clothes at our store, and treat yourself to a fun excursion right in the neighborhood. Here are just a few ideas for where to visit after coming in to see us.

Near the store (5 mins or less walking time)

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La Mano pottery shop and studio (next door): Check out their pottery gallery and handmade wares for sale. In the DIY spirit, sign up for a pottery-making class to get your creative juices flowing in 2016.

Manhattan Restaurant Supply (across the street): Dishes, serving platters, and utensils are stacked to the ceiling in this bustling shop. This is the perfect stop where people who love cooking can stock up on cookware (and cocktail) essentials.

Flower District (around the corner): This is a browsing heaven for the plant and flower lovers out there. Wholesale flower vendors are aplenty walking up 6th Avenue. Affordable prices paired with various and unusual plant choices mean you have the makings of some incredibly unique and creative bouquets. Get inspired and grace your home with some fresh floral beauty in the New Year!

In the vicinity (7–12 mins walking time)

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Eataly: An emporium marketplace, Eataly is like an altar to Italian food of all types, regions, and styles. Come here to taste, sip, and shop for the best ingredients/cookware/cookbooks to inspire your home cooking, or to be served at one of the many mini-restaurants and food counters on-site. Also, the rooftop Birreria, a restaurant focusing on Italian beers and the food delicacies that go with them, is definitely worth a visit. Eataly is an afternoon (and into-the-evening) excursion in and of itself.

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Madison Square Park: Featuring a dog park, fountains, commissioned artwork, and grassy expanses, this park is a peaceful spot to take a few breaths and enjoy a little space, right in the middle of Manhattan.

Ace Hotel: Stylish, cosmopolitan people converge at this funky spot, featuring coffee by Stumptown Roasters, the food stylings of The Breslin, and a spacious but cozy lounge, perfect for people-watching.

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Union Square Park and Green Market: Meander through this outdoor marketplace to find locally-sourced ingredients to cook up for meals at home, houseplants of myriad variety, and honey produced by New York bees! Don’t miss the chance to grab some tasty baked goods from Hot Bread Kitchen, a non-profit bakery known for bread styles from around the world.

Fish’s Eddy: Hit up this upbeat shop for quirky and fun dinnerware and trinkets, and be sure to check the sales section for classic dishes and glasses on a budget.

Lion Brand Yarn Studio: If picking up a new crafting hobby is in your plan for 2016, this is a spot to mark. All things yarn, knitting, and crochet can be found here, as well as the people who can get you started along your path with classes or helpful advice. What’s more, the store’s seasonally-changing yarn art window displays are worth a stroll-by all by themselves.

Forbidden Planet: Get your geek on at this comic book/graphic novel/fantasy-themed shop, which features books, collectibles, and more. It’s guaranteed to please imaginative individuals of all ages.

The Strand: Book lovers, you need to visit this store! The Strand is a landmark independent New York City bookstore, in operation since 1927. In addition to offering a vast selection of books at reasonable prices, they allow you to sell your books here, much like how you would sell your clothing at Buffalo Exchange. Go, browse, and enjoy.