Even after four years and at least a hundred strolls along this once-decrepit elevated railway, The High Line still manages to surprise and delight me most every time I climb those stairs and see what’s new. Sometimes it’s the foliage that’s changed, following the rhythm of the seasons.
There’s always good people-watching to be had, and photo-ops, as locals and tourists alike continue to flock to the space. And the other day I witnessed a well-choreographed marriage proposal in the “theater” near 17th Street looking out over 10th Avenue. And yes, she said yes. (more…)
The great outdoor market Brooklyn Flea first opened its imaginary doors in 2008, serving up a unique–and, as it turns out, insanely popular–combination of cool vintage items and antiques, local artisans selling their wares, and a carefully-curated selection of first-rate food vendors. The Flea was an instant hit, especially the food booths, which were attracting such long lines that organizers Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby split them into two separate days, and called the whole thing Smorgasburg.
There’s still plenty to eat at the Brooklyn Flea, but if your really want to gorge on an incredible variety of sweet and savory treats–there are nearly 100 different vendors here these days!–Smorgasburg is the way to go. THIS is communal picnicking as its finest, and a special treat for Downtown Manhattan and new LIC residents with that all-too-familiar spring fever. (more…)
This is why we love Long Island City. Because even as the neighborhood grows and changes with all of the new residential buildings by the water, and in the Court Square area there’s still plenty of room here, physically and culturally, for spaces like the Flux Factory. A combination artists’ collective / exhibition and event space, Flux Factory started life in 1994 in Williamsburg, jumped the Masbeth Creek to LIC eight years later, and recently moved into spacious new digs in an 8,000 square foot, three-story converted greeting card factory located two blocks north of Queens Plaza. (more…)
It’s not news anymore that the Financial District has undergone a stunning transformation in the past decade or so. What was once, and pretty recently, a strictly-business sort of neighborhood (lots of lunch places but desolate on weekends and after dark) is now one of the fastest-growing residential communities in Manhattan. And increasingly, it has the retail, restaurants, and recreation to prove it! Here then are updates on three FiDi public projects – all of which, when completed, will have an immediate effect on our daily downtown NYC lives. (more…)
Battery Park City is, despite how cheesy it sounds, Manhattan’s “newest neighborhood” [at least until Hudson Yards comes around]. But beyond the tall buildings is the Battery Park Esplanade, a strip of riverfront parkland and perhaps one of the greatest New York City parks. For over a mile, the Battery Park City Esplanade takes you on a beautiful waterfront journey, jumping through some of the New York City’s most majestic parks and gardens. (more…)
Who doesn’t love the handsome buildings along 6th Avenue’s Ladies Mile? It’s hard to imagine this section of Sixth Avenue without them, but these historic giants only tell half the story. Ladies Mile NYC was once among the grandest shopping districts in the world – one whose growth was facilitated by quite the dirty machine: the Sixth Avenue Elevated Line. (more…)
If you’ve ever wondered why W 4th St meets W 12th St in the West Village – there’s a logical explanation. The history begins two-hundred years ago, when everything this far uptown was still rural farmland. (more…)