The two I've been to (so far!) are the Yarn Company
and Knitty City
, both on the Upper West Side, which is my old neighborhood. YarnCo is on the second floor and I found it very cramped and crowded (but I was also totally new to knitting and totally overwhelmed...). Knitty City is quite new, I believe, and more open - the people there were friendly and welcoming, I thought.
down in Soho is new, and Victoise loves it, but I've not been there yet. I envy you your trip to NY! My next trip home isn't until May... :( Have fun!!!
Karen, a homesick New Yorker in Illinois!