Southern In the City – Meet Caroline Knapp
I recently spoke with Texas native Caroline Knapp and would love for you to meet her, too! Our Southern gone Yankee friend is now living in her adopted home of New York City and is the creator the fabulous blog www.houseofharperblog.com which celebrates Caroline’s fashion, lifestyle and travel adventures. She kindly line gives us a peek into her city life by sharing a little about herself and as well as ome fabulous finds and insider tips for your next trip to the Big Apple.
Why the move to NYC and how long have you been here?
After my husband, FMK, and I got married in 2009 he began applications to MBA programs across the country. Working in fashion, I was pretty excited when he was accepted into Columbia University as New York City was on the top of my list! After two years of school for him and working at Gilt Groupe for me, we just weren’t quiet ready to come home yet so my husband accepted a job in the city and I am now a full time mom and blogger at HOUSE of HARPER. We are going on four years in the city and although we love it here, we still miss Texas on most days, especially in the winter!
What do you miss most about living in the South? The people. Hands down. We miss our family, our friends, the southern hospitality of strangers. And also the lifestyle. All the Go! Go! Go! of the city can be exhausting and sometimes leaves you craving the slower pace of home.
The only place better than NYC is: At home in Texas.
24 hours in the City – Three must-do’s: This is a hard one, there is so much!
1. As touristy as it sounds, I would go to Top of The Rock. There is no quicker or better way to take in the whole city and to be able to appreciate the entire island at once.
2. You must eat a slice of New York pizza or, at least, some yummy Italian food. For pizza the famous John’s Pizza or for some great authentic Italian (that you don’t need a reservation) head to Bianca.
3. Now that you have seen the city and have some food in your belly, it’s time to shop, even if you are just window shopping, take a stroll down 5th Avenue.
Secret only a local knows:
Don’t get off at the last downtown stop on the 6 train (City Hall). If you stay in the car, the train loops around to go back uptown, but it passes through an abandoned and beautifully preserved City Hall station from 1904.
Perfect lazy Saturday in the City:
Hands down, a stroll in Central Park. There is truly nothing like being in the middle of the peaceful park and seeing the New York City skyline around it.
New York Favorites Speed-Round:
Southern Breakfast – Bubby’s
Bar – Weather Up
Broadway Show –Jersey Boys
Museum – The Met
Clothing Store – Otte
Furniture/Interiors – ABC Carpet & Home
Thrift Shop –Chelsea Flea Market
Antique Store – You don’t want to antique shop in the city, drive to the Hudson River valley for better prices and better assortments.
Whitney Long, co-founder of The Southern C and contributing editor for Southern Living, is always in a New York state of mind. In this series, she gets to live, eat and shop vicariously through her subjects and friends she has met on The Southern C – The Social Network of the South. Her wallet and her husband are most appreciative.
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