My New York: Part II

2nd October, 2014

by Erin Framel
I live in the East Village, a neighborhood in transition. Once home to the punk scene, it’s now the first place to which NYC newcomers flock. It’s filled with young professionals, creatives and students, all trying to make their way in the city. There’s a youth and vibrancy to the neighborhood, comingling with the resilient edge of its past. You’ll find a latex clothing store next to a hip new coffee shop next to a dive bar. Like so many of its residents, the East Village is trying to figure out where it came from, who it is today and what it will be tomorrow. I find such a beauty in that evolution and self discovery.MyNewYork7On any given day you’ll find me jogging along the East River Promenade or shopping for photo shoot accessories along St. Marks Place (my favorite go-to’s are The Sockman and Trash & Vaudeville). I am constantly craving Five Tacos for lunch and if I’m feeling really indulgent, I’ll finish it off with a Mr. Softee ice cream cone in Tompkins Square Park (where we shot these photos). MyNewYork5 I’m always trying to experiment with new restaurants but 9 times out of 10 I’ll be heading to one of my tried-and-true: Supper, Mercadito, Momofuku Noodle Bar, or Gemma. For drinks with friends I’ll run over to The Standard East Village, The Wayland, Summit Bar, Kingston Hall or Blind Barber. For a more intimate setting, I’ll sneak over to Lovers of Today (a semi-secret underground cocktail bar), or Pouring Ribbons. There are a plethora of great spots to find live music, but my absolute favorite is Mona’s for Blue Grass Mondays and Tuesday Hot-Jazz ~ it’s a sliver of a bar along avenue B that is home to the most raucous, delightful jam sessions twice a week. To kick it up a notch, there’s always a great show happening at Webster Hall and afterward you simply have to grab a late night slice at Artichoke Pizza. MyNewYork8 I love the fun, free-spirited energy of my neighborhood and try to take full advantage of all the adventures it offers. Still, at the end of the day there is simply no greater joy than an evening spent sitting on my fire escape, watching the sun set against the downtown skyline, recounting all the reasons why I love New York.

|ERIN WEARS| Gorjana earrings, Elie Tahari x DesigNation dress (also seen HERE!), Hare + Hart clutch, Sergio Rossi shoes

  • PHOTOS| by Austin Phelps

  • Gorjana earrings

    Gorjana earrings

  • Elie Tahari x DesigNation dress

    Elie Tahari x DesigNation dress

  • Hare + Hart clutch

    Hare + Hart clutch

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  • Mel

    Love this dress on you! You look stunning!


  • I really loved this article! I have never been to New York, but of course have always wanted to! Now I really want it to be my next trip! I totally need to check out some of those places you recommended, they sound amazing. I can just picture myself sipping on some coffee at a cozy cafe! Ahh love it!

    Thanks for sharing this! I almost felt like I was there.

  • Midwest Prep

    LOVE THE DRESS!! Own it girl!

  • I am totally in love with your heels! Beautiful look!

  • Love the dress! The side zipper is so cool<3

  • Lindsey

    The zipper adds a cool touch to the dress! Looks amazing…

  • The pumps look amazing!

  • Grace

    This dress is so hot with the zips up like this. I love how it fits Erin… not as fitted like on the Kohl’s model.

  • eclética and chic

    Perfect and so chic! Amazing look!

  • Lauren Vandiver

    Erin you look simply gorgeous! I love perusing The Glamourai to find you on the front page. 🙂 Love reading your posts too – very beautifully written! Lots of love to you sister!!


  • Milica
  • So happy to hear that Erin is finding her place in the city to call home!

  • Lindsay Truax

    Great tips for the next time to New York. Love that zippered dress!

  • Michelle K. Lee
  • Veena

    I absolutely love this article, particularly because its another perspective of the Manhattan experience. Its always interesting to find out not what people are doing on the streets of Time Square but where they retire to, where they put pen to paper and let out all their creativity. I also love that your dress is not form fitting, not too tight that you can’t take a breather and not too loose that you sense it’ll flee upward with the smallest gust of wind (that’s always a win).

    ♡ veena |
    twitter/instagram: @veenamccoole

  • Donny

    Very nice legs. And that dress fits perfect to you. I wish to see you in some vintage caps, something like this:

  • Miss NYC so much! You look beautiful!
    xx Elle

    New outfit post up on: -Swedish Model and Fashion/Travel blogger in TOKYO

  • We can all be fashionable, don’t be afraid to reinvent and wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. There are lots of clothes to choose, from Jeans, Dresses, Tops, and even Maternity Jeans for pregnant women! So great to have online shops to check on everytime we need to. Why not try this site.

  • Cassandra Smith

    Aside from the slit on that little black dress, I should say that the star of this outfit are those sexy designer shoes. It’s a perfect pick!

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