If you ever find yourself in Chelsea in the early morning, please walk on over to West 28th Street between Sixth & Seventh Avenues. You shall find the ever-lovely flower district of New York City.
This entire block (both sides) consists of a community of plant wholesalers and retailers who distribute to the majority of New York restaurants, hotels and any place that might contain a vase or two.
I've gone a few times now and the very best time to go, unfortunately, is around 5am. That's when all the deliveries get made and that's when the street smells its very sweetest. Also, not a whole hell of a lot of people are up at that time, so you kind of get to have it all to yourself in a small way. It's definitely one of the best sights I've come to experience about this city thus far.
(Sidenote: How is it possible that a font can signify a completely different era? And why would you want to change such gorgeous printing? Did they not know at the time how gorgeous it was? Am I only thinking it's so alluring because I wasn't alive for it? Man, I love font talk. I took a class on typography and fonts in college and I beamed for four consecutive months in that classroom. LOVE FONT TALK.)
Anyway, check this area out if you can. The closer to 5am that you can get there, the better. As the day goes on, the flowery smells die down and that familiar, musky New York scent seeps back in.