Go for a Run With Jacqueline Rousseau
Bet you didn’t think you were going to get a workout from us, huh?
When Jacqueline Rousseau itches to escape the confines of her (adorable! but small!) West Village apartment in Manhattan, she laces up her sneakers and heads out for a jog. Anti-treadmill, the print-minded accessories designer has a regular route that takes her through Battery Park and zigzags back across her ‘hood—and allows her to reflect, as she’s blowing off steam, on the design process: “It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon.” See below (or follow this map) to see some of her favorite sites she whizzes by on the way.
“Highlands is my local hangout. It’s the perfect spot for a drink and a chat or a fantastic meal. When I first moved here, after seven years in London, Highlands was the first bar that reminded me of an English pub—chilled-out and dim with a super-friendly and down-to-earth staff. After a few dozen visits, I found out that the owners are actually British! Order the beef wellington and a cider. The combination never disappoints.”
“I love this flower shop, VSF, on West 10th. I slow down my pace every time to check out their gorgeous floral displays.”
“I love this strip of Charles Street. It’s quiet and residential. This yellow house is right next to one of my favorite coffee spots, Mojo, which is a nice, understated escape from Sixth Avenue’s noise. I usually order a non-fat cappuccino, no sugar, but I make up for it with one of Mojo’s amazing chocolate chip cookies. A good chocolate chip cookie is trouble.”
“I’m fascinated by this construction site. There is a huge metal structure left behind that frames the sky and surrounding buildings. Since textures and materials drive the inspiration behind a lot of my work, the contrast here appeals.”
“The Hudson riverside is such a beautiful place to run. I always head downtown for the views!”
“After my run, I usually pause to stretch and catch my breath at the end of this pier. The Hudson River Park extends straight into the water, and the river can look pretty stunning in the right light.”
“On my way home, as I look up and down 7th Avenue, I’m reminded of what a beautiful and vibrant city this is. I love that NYC never ceases to amaze me.”
Photos courtesy of Adrian Barry.