Puttin’ On The Rizz’

I am zipping down Broadway when I jam on my brakes and skid to a stop on my Citybike. The Rizzoli bookstore has opened near Madison Park. That stretch of bike lane doesn’t usually offer much in the way of sightseeing bar occasional glimpses of women in traditional African dress (one carried her shopping on her head the other day), some bike lane-blocking food carts, and a weird karaoke bar whose stage and singers are in the window under a neon light. But this prompts me to dock my bike, irregardless if there’ll be another one available when I need it. I’m going for a snoop.

IMG_8721New Yorkers were upset to see the iconic 57th St location close in 2014 to be demolished for a luxury hotel (oh, don’t get me started on that topic) but now it’s reappeared all the way downtown, I’m thinking What luck!

As I approach, I squint. That mannequin in the window holding a book (The Andy Cohen Diaries) looks like it’s dressed in the Fall Gucci collection. Wait, it is the Fall Gucci collection! Yes, the much- praised Alessandro Michele one.

And there’s a Vivienne Westwood gown in the window too, shipped in from London, no less.

Fornasetti Milano have created the whimsical wallpaper and André Leon Talley is the brains behind the window display.

Where my two passions, fashion and literature, meet, there lies Rizzoli… IMG_8714Her dress appears to be falling off but then a well-crafted sentence can have that effect on some girls.
Why not read your favorite novel with your head swathed in finest quality printed Italian silk? IMG_8712Anything that makes book hoarding appear glamourous, I’m in.IMG_8704 IMG_8706 IMG_8707 That Bravo Housewives guy is ubiquitous!IMG_8710

There are piles of fashion tomes, a whole wall devoted to art from Sargent to Haring, and a floor-to-ceiling section featuring books on gardens, underneath high ceiling, chandeliers, and amidst marble pillars.IMG_8720Whoa, flashback…I’m reminded that it was Rizzoli Milano where I went for my English language books when I lived in Italy. So there’s nostalgia emanating from the cherry wood and zebra crossing-style floor tiles…IMG_8718IMG_8716Beyond that red door, the sound of jackhammers emerges to blend with the melodies of Chopin as the rest of the store is still being constructed. A fine layer of dust hovers over the smell of brand new books.

That’s so my style: to put the bookshelves in before the rooms are complete!
IMG_8717I am immersed in six pages of glorious colored shots of Loulou de la Falaise’s apartment in the something arrondissement (it’s in Paris, what more do you need to know?) when they tell me for the fourth time they are closing and I must leave.

But they are open seven days a week…IMG_8715

Have you seen the well-to-do, up and down Park Avenue
On that famous thoroughfare, with their noses in the air
High hats and Arrow collarswhite spats and lots of dollars
Spending every dime, for a wonderful time

If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to
Why don’t you go where fashion sits,
Puttin’ on the Rizz.IMG_8723My first novel, Silk for the Feed Dogs, a work of literary fiction set in the international fashion industry which, as it happens,  would look very well in this store (it’s where fashion sits), is available here.


  1. Nice! Books and fashion…you can’t lose! ~Elle

  2. What a wonderful shop! Access to bookstores like this one may just win me back to big city living one day.

    • That’s the irony. In the big metropolis with so many distractions where our attentions are split fifty ways, there are havens like this which happen to combine my two favorite distractions…er, I mean, passions 🙂

  3. I’m in. I’ll head over with M. Thanks, I don’t get that way often. XO

  4. 🙂 I do love a good book store. Could spend hours there. I get carried away once inside. Not many of these beautifully big book stores left anymore.
    HAPPY Sunday to you xo 🙂

  5. Whoa! We have to hand it to New Yorkers: when they do something the do it BIG and with STYLE! xxx

    • They go all in, don’t they?They commit. And I will commit to buying at least some of my books there and not sneak off to Amazon for a cheapie and then complain when stores like this are left struggling to pay the rent!

  6. Just fabulous. We need one of these in Ireland. There are some lovely bookshops, but nothing really way out there. When I have a spare million to squander I’m all over it.

    • You’ll have to enlighten me to your favorites. The nice bookstores in the smaller towns up north have disappeared but I’ve seen some nice ones in Dublin. Belfast is all Waterstones, Easons unfortunately…

  7. Love that place…..London needs one! X

  8. I could see one existing very well in London…A city which I am itching to visit soon. Have I said? I mean I’m coming out in a rash. It’s been too long. I want to walk about all the places I used to be and reminisce and be tripping in nostalgia. Is that too much to ask..? xo

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