New York Citytrip • Part two
After spending the first few days in central Manhattan looking for the major New York landmarks, you are ready to discover the 'alternative' part of the City. A little more to the South, you'll find the arty and fashionable neighborhoods which I loved even more. I guess this is where you'll experience real NY life: chilling in small parks, discovering trendy lunch spots, doing a little shopping and most importantly pretending to be Carrie Bradshaw in Perry Street!
TUESDAY | MEATPACKING DISTRICT, CHELSEA & GREENWICH VILLAGE
The area that was once home to more than 200 slaughterhouses and packing plants has been converted to welcome bars and trendy boutiques. This is the Meatpacking District (where the visionary Samantha Jones moves into in season 3, circa 2000). There is no better way to enter this neighborhood than by taking the High Line (get up there by the North entrance on West 34th Street and walk all the way down). These abandoned railway tracks have been turned into an elevated public park with an overload of greens and scenic views over the Hudson River. An absolute must-do! After walking the 1,5 km, get off and go straight into Bubby's (73 Gansevoort Street), a lively place with a menu composed of pancakes, sandwiches and burgers. Delish!
After your late breakfast/early lunch, I suggest a stroll in the streets of the Meatpacking District with a mandatory stop at the Chelsea Market (75 9th Avenue). This is yet another example of a place that's been given a new purpose as this industrial shopping mall used to be an Oreo factory! There are many spots to eat inside (which could serve as alternative to Bubby's) but also some for shopping. Don't miss Anthropologie, the 'hippie chic' brand New Yorkers love so much (where I go straight to the 'home' section), and Artists and Fleas, a platform for small, independents brands to sell their items (think jewelry, clothing, deco, etc). Heading East, you'll enter Chelsea, the 'artist' area that's renowned for its many galleries.
Heading South, you'll venture into Greenwich Village, the intellectual and jazzy part of town where a large part of the gay community is settled. This is where you'll find one of my personal highlights of this trip, namely Perry Street, the street where Carrie Bradshaw lives (at nr 66 to be exact). To be standing at the stairs she came down in so many fabulous outfits, to be looking at the window she sat behind her computer questioning the complexity of relationships of all kinds, was really exciting. The streets surrounding it are actually really nice, with lots of boutiques, so do explore them. For an afternoon snack I recommend Magnolia Bakery (on the corner of 401 Bleecker Street and West 11th Street, where Miranda and Carrie talk crushes in 'No Ifs, Ands or Butts' S3E5) or Big Gay Ice Cream (61 Grove Street).
By the end of the afternoon, head to Washington Square and find yourself a bench to relax on around the fountain. This is the meeting point of bohemian New York. Artists, musicians, chess players, dog-walkers, ... In other words, people-watching at its best! For dinner, you can go to Nix that's just a few blocks away (72 University Place), a vegetarian restaurant with a beautiful, minimal interior. As the plates are smaller you should take 2 per person, which means it can get a little bit pricey, but the food is absolutely delicious.
WEDNESDAY | SOHO, CHINATOWN & LITTLE ITALY
Soho was one of my favorite areas to wander in and that's no surprise as it is perfect for fashionistas! It is characterized by its cast-iron architecture from the 19th century and counts many showrooms and restaurants. After you've had breakfast at Coco & Cru (643 Broadway), this cute little spot that serves Australian inspired cuisine, head to Spring Street and walk around in the surroundings to take in the trendy vibe. Make sure to enter at Opening Ceremony (35 Howard Street), a very influential concept store for both men and women where new trends are revealed.
For lunch, you can go to the highly acclaimed Jack's Wife Freda (224 Lafayette Street) where the food is delicious and the space is crowded. Should the wait be too long, you can always turn to by Chloe (240 Lafayette Street) which looked really promising! The rest of the afternoon you can go on a trip around the world, exploring the neighborhoods where some of the most important immigrants communities settled over time. Little Italy is a charming area that is concentrated around Mulberry Street (in which Steve opens his own bar in 'Ghost Town' S4E5), though very touristic. Whereas Chinatown offers the real Chinese experience, with weird smells and much red and gold kitchiness. Towards the evening, you'll find shelter at The Butcher's Daughter (19 Kenmare Street), a dream come true for vegetarians where the menu looks equally inspiring as the interior!
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