28th Street Flower Market, NYC

by Jane

I have spent the last 3 days in NYC just taking in the views, the food, the culture, the history, and, of course, the FLOWERS at the Flower Market on 28th between 6th and 7th. Yes, it is that time of year, and the flowers are outstanding! In addition to the cut flowers, several of the wholesalers have pots of bulb plants - hyacinths, daffodils, tulips, and one of my favorite things - flats of wheat grass! Yes, I do love to see the wooden flats planted with wheat grass. I don't know - there is just something about that look. I will be using something like that for an upcoming wedding, and I can't wait.

At any rate, I talked to Cas Trap, owner of Dutch Flower Line this morning. We were talking about the fabulous flowers in his shop today. They looked to be just picked - even the sweet peas from Japan, of all places. Cas and his brother Remco Van Vliet also own an event design company. In addition, Remco does the flowers in the Great Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art each week (BIG, BIG, BIG designs), and I have taken classes from both of them at Flower School New York. Cas still teaches at FlowerSchool NY, but Remco and Cas both have started their own flower school as well. They are originally from Holland and their father and grandfather owned a flower shop. It's in thier blood as they say.

Oh, do I envy all the floral designers whom I saw this morning picking up their most beautiful flowers for their work this weekend. However, I have them beat when it comes to getting their flowers to their shops. Mine come directly to my door, and I do not have to deal with NY traffic or public transportation. Once I bought flowers for an event that I did at the Union League Club in NY, and navigating the subway with the flowers (and Chloe in her Sherpa) was not easy!!!!

Enjoy the pics!

Here is a picture of blue Tweedia for one of my upcoming weddings. I wanted to show Kelly what it looks like.

The next two are of the view from our hotel room, as I waited on my husband to get back to the hotel from work so that we could go to dinner. We are staying on the West side near the Theater District and I LOVE the restauant called Hell's Kitchen located on 9th between 47th and 48th. We went back their for the second time last night!!! The last time we were here, I think I went there 3 times.


Now that I'm thinking about food, I'll show you a picture of the dining "bar" in Pearl Oyster Bar located in Greenwich Village. We ate there on Monday night - again it's one of our favorites. The raw oysters were so fresh - Blue Points. We also had some fried! I had smoked salmon over a Johnny cake with cream fraiche. So, so good!!!!! Please know that when I get home, I'm having Leek Soup for 48 hours like is suggested in French Women Don't Get Fat because I have over-indulged, but enjoyed every morsel and sip. But before that, dinner tonight in midtown at Artisinal!!!!!!!