My weekend started off at a preview, private shopping event at the new Nordstrom Rack on Union Square. (Look for the grand opening on Tuesday, btw.) That alone might have made for a cool shopping weekend, but something even more exciting opened in NYC on Friday. If you’re not from NYC, the photo above may make you think I was snapping photos of local churches. If you’re local, you might recognize it as the old nightclub Limelight. I can recall having some good times at Limelight quite a few years ago, but recently it’s been shuttered. It turns out the inside of the church/club space was being transformed into Limelight Marketplace, a fabulous new market with dozens of adorable boutiques. The food shops may be the most exciting part, selling charcuterie, old-fashioned candy, gorgeous gelato, decadent brownies, amazing infused oils and vinegars, sophisticated cheeses, adorable chocolates shaped like birthday cakes, and so much more. And don’t miss the outpost of Williamburg’s Whisk–I hit the jackpot there, picking up some pink tea towels and oven mitts for Mother’s Day. (Happy M-Day to all you moms out there.) Here’s a little photo preview. This is one of the most interesting shopping experiences to hit NYC in, well, I don’t even know how long.
By the way, there is a mini vegetable market in the courtyard, and three or four restaurants spaces are as of yet unopened. Rumor has it that the famous Grimaldi’s of Brooklyn will eventually be serving pizza 24 hours a day. Don’t ask me how that’s going to work, but you might find me there some night at 2am to see it for myself.