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About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.

John Koch Antiques 201 West 84th Street New York, NY 10024

In honor of Small Business Saturday I am sending out merchants I have found on MywalkinManhattan. Don’t miss the treasures you will find here.

Little Shop on Main Street

John Koch Antiques

201 West 84th Street

New York, NY  10024

(212) 799-2167

http://www.kochantiques.com

http://www.kochantiques.com/

Monday-Tuesday: 11:00am-5:30pm

Wednesday-Saturday: 11:00-7:00pm

Sunday: 11:00-4:30pm

John Koch Antiques is a store that looks like someone just emptied their grandmother’s house and loaded it into one store. The store has been in business for over thirty years and specializes in buying from estate sales. The place is loaded with furniture, accessories, paintings and assorted bric-a-brac.

I love this small, crowded antique store with it loads of Victorian and early 20’s items. There is a treasure trove of small unique gift items from $20.00 and up. I saw antique perfume bottles with the curved metal work, small salt cellars and all sorts of tea pots with flowers, animals and zig-zag designs on them.

There are all sorts of things for the office such as wooden boats, Victrola’s, metal cars and hard liqueur bottles. Paintings stare at…

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Tiny Doll House 314 East 78th Street New York, NY 10075

In honor of Small Business Saturday I am sending out merchants I have found on MywalkinManhattan. Don’t miss this unique toy store. A real one of a kind.

Little Shop on Main Street

Tiny Doll House

314 East 78th Street

New York, NY  10075

(212) 744-3719

http://www.tinydollhouseny.com

https://www.tinydollhousenewyorkcity.com/

Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm

My review on TripAdvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60763-d17605850-Reviews-Tiny_Doll_House-New_York_City_New_York.html?m=19905

I discovered this store for the first time on my walking project, ‘MywalkinManhattan.com’, when I was walking the Upper East Side. Coming from the Toy Industry (I worked for FAO Schwarz for four years in both main New York store on Fifth Avenue and the Minneapolis store for four months in 1987), I recognized the beauty and fun of the Tiny Doll House.

When I walked in I was greeted by a woman who explaining the store to another customer. One side of the store has all sorts of things to decorate a dollhouse that were all handmade like dolls, food, furniture and accessories that would be the envy of any home. Even the paints to put over a doll house mantle were hand painted (or at…

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Books of Wonder 217 West 84th Street New York, NY 10024

In honor of Small Business Saturday, I am sending out merchants I have found on MywalkinManhattan.

Little Shop on Main Street

Books of Wonder

217 West 84th Street

New York, NY  10024

(212) 989-1804

http://www.booksofwonder.com

Monday-Saturday: 10:00am-7:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm

*Hours for the West 84th Street location.

I came across the ‘Books of Wonder’ bookstore when touring the Upper West Side on the ‘Streets & Avenues’ tour of the neighborhood and fell in love with this whimsical little children’s bookstore that I found out later was the inspiration for the bookstore in the movie, “You’ve got Mail”.

Stocked with the latest releases and many of the classics that I grew up with, the bookstore is popular with the after-school crowd and their parents. There are many book signings and readings here and the staff is very helpful when trying to find a book for a gift. Take time to look over the stacks and even pick up one or two and start reading!

Store History:

Books of Wonder first opened its doors…

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Harbs 1374 3rd Avenue at East 78th Street New York City, NY 10075

In honor of Small Business Saturday I am sending out the merchants I have found on MywalkinManhattan. Don’t miss Harbs $22.00 lunch special. It is excellent!

Little Shop on Main Street

Harbs

1374 3rd Avenue at 78th Street

New York City, NY 10075

(646) 336-6888

Open:

Sunday-Thursday: 11:00am-9:00pm

Friday-Saturday: 11:00am-10:00pm

Harbs is the first restaurant I have put on the site because it does not quite fit into my ‘DiningonaShoeStringinNYC@Wordpress.com site because of its prices and due to the bakery up front, it is a combination of upscale bakery and cafe.

This Japanese inspired upscale tea and coffee shop/bakery I discovered when walking around the Upper East Side for my “MywalkinManhattan.com” blog site when exploring the Upper East Side (Days 101-104). The restaurants philosophy is to offer the freshest ingredients with a handmade quality to all of their food items. It really shows in the quality of all of the lunches and desserts that I have had there.

Harbs II

First off, the food and the service are excellent.  Harbs is one of those rare restaurants that has all the components of a…

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Sutton Clock Shop 218 East 82nd Street New York, NY 10028

In honor of Small Business Saturday I am sending out merchants I have found on MywalkinManhattan.

Little Shop on Main Street

Sutton Clock Shop
218 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 758-2260
info@suttonclocks.com

Hours: Tuesday-Friday-11:00am-4:00pm

The Sutton Clock Shop is fascinating store that literally runs on time. It is one of the few shops in New York that is strictly for watch repair and sales. When you walk into the store, the walls are lined with clocks of all shapes, sizes, colors and ages. They work on modern clocks with the same precision and care as they would an antique or grandfather clock.

In the front of the store, there are case lines of antique curios and bric-a-brac that includes pieces of jewelry, small table pieces and decor items all displayed with gentle care to show their beauty. The prices are very fair as well depending on the piece. This is run by Knud’s wife, Sonia Laws, who takes special pride in the small trinkets of elegance that line…

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Mahir Floral & Event Designs 156 West 28th Street New York, NY 10001

In honor of Small Business Saturday I am sending out merchants I have found on MywalkinManhattan.

Little Shop on Main Street

Mahir Floral & Event Designs

156 West 28th Street

New York, NY  10001

Phone: (212) 686-1999

http://www.mahirfloralevents.com

Open: Monday-Saturday-7:00am-6:00pm/Sunday: 8:00am-4:00pm

I was passing this unique little flower shop in the middle of the ‘Flower District’ in New York City right near the Fashion Institute of Technology campus. What attracted me to the shop was the beautiful and colorful displays of plants and potted bushes on the store’s sidewalk  and stylish bouquets of flowers they had for sale outside the front door. That lead me to want to walk in and see what the store was all about.

Mahir Floral & Event Design is more than just commercial and event planning although they do both. Their retail aspect of the store is quite unique in the display merchandise they carry, all the stones, shells, glassware and pottery that they use for display and for holding the flowers. It is not the…

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Icon Style by Lara Kornbluh 104 West 70th Street New York, NY 10023

In honor of Small Business Saturday, I am sending out merchants I have found on MywalkinManhattan. Don’t miss the unique jewels you will see in the display cases.

Little Shop on Main Street

Icon Style by Lara Kornbluh

104 West 70th Street

New York, NY  10023

(212) 799-0029

lara@iconstyle.net

http://www.iconstyle.net

Open: Wednesday-Friday-11:00am-8:00pm/Saturday-11:00am-7:00pm/Closed Monday & Tuesday

I came across this unique jewelry shop when walking the lower section of the Upper West Side for my blog, ‘MywalkinManhattan.com’. This interesting store is on a beautiful tree-lined street studded with brownstones and right near the Broadway shopping district and was founded in 1997.

The store was once upon a time a pharmacy that must date back to the last 1880’s as all the original woodwork and shelving were still intact and incorporated into the design of the store. It is now being used as the display cases for the all beautiful and interesting fine, vintage and costume jewelry that span the decades.

What attracted me to the store was the welcoming entrance and the fact that when you walk into the store, you are greeted not…

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More and More Antiques 378 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10024

In honor of Small Business Saturday, I am sending out merchants I have found on MywalkinManhattan. I really suggest you all check out More & More’s Windows at the holidays. They are amazing!

Little Shop on Main Street

More and More Antiques

378 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY  10024

(212) 580-8404

http://www.moreandmoreantiquesnyc.com

Open: Monday-Friday-12:30pm-7:30pm/Saturday 12:00pm-6:00pm/Sunday-11:00am-6:00pm

I have visiting More & More Antiques at 378 Amsterdam Avenue when I was walking the neighborhood for my walking project, “MywalkinManhattan”. The one thing about More & More Antiques is the window displays. They really stand out.

When I first passed the store in early October, the windows had Halloween Ornaments hanging down from the ceiling with small figurines on all the side boards and the whole store glittered in black and orange. All over the store there were items for parties and decorations for the home and the perfect host gifts when arriving at someone’s home.

The store is currently decorated for the holidays and Christmas is in the air. In the windows now are all sorts of Christmas decorations and ornaments that show the creative side of decorating a tree…

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Stationary and Toy World 125 West 72nd Street New York, NY 10023

In honor of Small Business Saturday, I am sending out merchants that I have found on MywalkinManhattan.

Little Shop on Main Street

Stationary & Toy World

125 West 72nd Street

New York, NY  10023

(212) 580-3922

http://stationeryandtoy.com/shop/

Open: Monday-Saturday 9:00am-7:00pm/Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

I came across Stationary & Toy World when I was walking the Upper West Side for my walking project, ‘MywalkinManhattan’ and was taken in by their store window displays with vintage toys. I came to find out they were not very vintage with seeing them and other toys I grew up with in the 70’s and 80’s lining the shelves. It figured when I found out that the store was established in 1988.

What I loved about the store is the variety of items you can find on the shelves. Once section is dedicated to toys and the selection was extensive. The aisle was lined with board games, puzzles, craft toys, painting sets, dress up and coloring books. Another aisle has painting and art supplies for that budding artist within all…

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Azalea & Oak 5 Tudor City Place New York, NY 10017

In Honor of Small Business Saturday, I am sending out some of the wonderful merchants I have found on MywalkinManhattan.

Little Shop on Main Street

Azalea & Oak

5 Tudor City

New York, NY  10017

(212) 922-0700

http://www.azaleaandoak.com

@azaleaoak

https://www.azaleaandoak.com/

I came across Azalea & Oak when I was walking around Tudor City in the Turtle Bay neighborhood in New York. This unique and quirky store specializing in Women’s Accessories, jewelry and children’s clothing, gifts and stuffed toys was beautifully displayed and wonderful stocked with all sorts of handmade items. It is somewhat hidden in the Tudor City complex. I love their displays as well.

I was talking with one of the salespeople and she was telling me that the store had just been renovated from a flower shop into this new concept of a gift store. The owner is a former buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue and it shows in the selection of merchandise. Everything here is high quality.

The owner herself was the designer of the most of the jewelry in the shop…

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