"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show." - Andrew Wyeth
Although I thought I'd never admit it, I actually enjoy gloomy winter days spent in the comfort of heated diners. I leave my apartment, bundled in layers upon layers, only to seek refuge in stores or coffee shops. Especially on this day in mid-December. Classes had come to an end, and I wasn't expected to be in the office. I wrapped myself in the warmest of layers and set off for an afternoon of Christmas shopping.
Halfway through, when the skies became even more gloomy and the winds picked up, we ducked into a diner for warm food and a little surveillance of the gifts we had bought (which totaled out to like, one). We sat in the cozy booths, laughing and sipping on a totally unnecessary Monday afternoon glass of wine, fully enjoying the sounds of the holiday season.
I don't know what it is about diners. Maybe its the casual vibe, or the feeling that you could sit forever in a back corner and no one would ever notice, but the comfort you feel from lounging on a cold day, watching the world pass beyond the windows is like none other.
Check out one of my favorite spots on the Lower East Side.
[Photographed in midtown wearing a vintage turtleneck and sweater, H&M high rise jeans, and boots from Urban Outfitters (similar)]