The Vine: April 13, 2012
I find myself in great need of some wisdom from you and The Vine readers.
First of all, my partner and I have been disagreeing on the question of "stuff" vs "stuffs" when referring to "stuff" as plural. I say "stuff" because, well, that sounds…correct. He insists that "stuffs" is correct because Google has entries on both being correct. It's driving me crazy, can you please settle the question?
Secondly, I am about to head over to New York City again in June! My last trip there was a crazed 4-day affair during which I spent most of my time visiting schools and was also pretty badly planned. Since I'll have more time this year, I need advice on what to see and do. My only drawback (or maybe it just means more chances for exploration) is that my family intends to stay with friends in New Jersey the whole time so I have to go back there at night. But other than that, I shall most likely have 6 wonderful days there, so anything goes!
I'd like to avoid anything too "touristy" or crowded, more interested in bookshops, music, farmer's markets, looking at interesting buildings, checking out kooky museums/galleries/hangout spaces/cafes. My very best memories from my last trip was walking from one end of Broadway Avenue to the other and also visiting the superhero supply store in Brooklyn. I would probably also want to go shopping for bike jerseys/accessories, secondhand books, sneakers and that Land's End tote or its lookalikes, so suggestions on where to find them would be very much welcomed.
Thirdly and somewhat related to the second, a friend of mine has tasked me with looking for The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett. If anyone knows where in New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Amherst, or Boston I might be able to find them in, please, please, please help me out? Thank you all so very much!!
The girl who is FAR too excited about this trip
1) "Stuffs" sounds like a Britishism to me, and a casual usage at that; "stuff" is a collective noun, which implies a plural or a number, and there's no need to pluralize it with an S. Circumstances do exist in which you'd use a variant on "stuffs" — "foodstuffs," e.g. — but unless he's using one of those specific words, to do with "fabrics or scientific materials," it's not correct. "Google has entries on" a lot of things, so that citation is basically meaningless.
2a) (It's just "Broadway." Sounds like a fun stroll, though.)
2b) My recommendations: i) grab a copy of Time Out New York (or peruse it online, or download the app if they have one) the week before you arrive, and see what's going on so you can start narrowing your list of must-dos; ii) for your shopping needs, downtown/SoHo is a good locus for sneakers and bags (8th St. for shoes), but head to Brooklyn, maybe, for bike stuff (except! do not go to R&A Cycles in Park Slope! remember how the Italian team shivved Dennis Christopher's front wheel in Breaking Away? that is how they act in there, especially to feee-males! eff that! go somewhere else!); iii) Green-Wood Cemetery. A hidden history-nerd gem, and in that nabe you will also find a nifty bookstore complete with resident adorbs feline, excellent coffee at Dub Pies, a well-curated secondhand/artisan store called Black Bear, and yours truly, chillin' in her office, so come say hi.
Readers: limit yourselves to three (3) suggestions for NYC non-touristy shopping/activity fun times. Three (3) total. And please read the rest of the comments thread first, to maximize the awesomeness of your own comment! Thanks!
3) Google-fu isn't knocking that one out? Hmm. If the readers don't know, and if you're on Twitter, shout out my man Mark Blankenship at @IAmBlankenship; I'm betting he'll have a line on it. And also follow him, he's funny and fun.
Okay, y'all. Hit it.
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