Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Seventh Avenue

In an effort to distract you all from the realities of my life this week I will provide a short treatise on Seventh Avenue.
Seventh Avenue from roughly 42nd Street until roughly 34th Street, is nicknamed "Fashion Avenue" and is at the heart of the Garment District. This is where the center of the United State's fashion trade has been housed since ... well, for a really long time. (You can tell that this is a well researched article. Not.)

In my own life, the Garment District means button stores and fabric stores and the sense that my Zedda (grandfather) walked these streets during his time as a furrier. By the time I knew Zedda, he owned a candy store but my dad tells great stories about how strong my Zedda was, all from handling the furs day in and day out. One of these days I'll snap a photo of the Garment Center Synagogue (they do not seem to have a website), it is still an active, Orthodox congregation. No, I do not know if my Zedda worshiped there but I'd like to think so. (Yes, I could ask my dad but the phone is so far away, and I am so very tired ...)

When I started sewing, many, many years ago, I haunted the remnant stores in the high 30's guided by my mother-in-law. She forced me to get over my shyness and dive right in to the bolts and patterns -- though she never understood keeping a "stash."

During the day, one must dodge the couriers, dashing about with their carts hanging with ready-to-wear or piled high with bolts of fabric. Walking Seventh Avenue is definitely an "only in New York" experience.

4 comments:

Kristen said...

That is one of my favorite areas to explore when in NYC. Sleep tight...

Dave Daniels said...

I miss that neighborhood a lot. My favorite places to get fabrics, though, was around 14th street. I love all those little family shops tucked in everywhere. (And Metro Trim, too.) Thanks for the great pics.

Sprite said...

I would LOVE to see 7th Ave. My love of fashion, artistic design and every creative bone in my body would love that experience. Great story! I hope some day to walk down that Ave with you!

Susan said...

Oh I'd love to go there. This summer I've read numerous blog posts about that area being part of vacation plans. Buttons and ribbons and zippers oh my! I used to get excited just watching those folks on project runway picking out their fabrics.