Wherever we went in New York, I chose places I'd like to live.
It wasn't hard, I can tell you.
This top-floor corner apartment (below) in SoHo, for instance, looks as though it has a roof garden, and I swear I can see canvases propped up against the window of the apartment below - so you'd reckon the neighbours would at least be interesting ...
And I quite fancy the Art Nouveau-style wrought-iron work on these fire escapes. Plus, the view over the trees would be pretty okay ...
Just off Fifth Avenue, on the Upper East Side (don't you just love the way that sounds?), there are some very tasteful buildings with lots of grand architectural details ...... while on Fifth Avenue itself, I could imagine living very comfortably. And it wouldn't have to be an apartment — I could just as easily go for a whole house like this, if I had to.But then, there's always Park Avenue, which is definitely an address with cachet ...And I reckon I could be very happy living in any one of these flats on Central Park South ... ... especially looking out over all this:This (below) is another gorgeous SoHo block, with big windows, and a greengrocer on the ground floor who sells flowers by the bucket-load:
After all the cool off-white stucco and the stately redbrick of uptown, there's something to be said for the in-your-face colours of SoHo ...
Some apartments don't look like much from the outside, like these (below), whose shabby (without much chic) windows I could see from inside the Museum of Modern Art.
However, this is what they look over ...... MoMA's exquisite sculpture garden, with water and trees and some of the world's most exciting artworks, all laid out before you. Sigh!
This morning, I found another perfect place. It's in SoHo again, just a little house and such a smart green, and it's on the market and unoccupied ...Of course, there is just one small problem with all this daydreaming: