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…)
It’s been almost a year and half since Alobar opened its doors on LIC’s Vernon Boulevard, making it one of the pioneers on what has become a nice little restaurant row. As Long Island City TF Cornerstone residents know, although it’s great to have such easy access (via the G train) to the many dining delights of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, sometimes what you really need is a friendly neighborhood spot with some skill and love in the kitchen. And for that, Alobar is perfect.
Join us May 7th from 6-8pm for the TF Cornerstone Neighborhood Happy Hour at Alobar!
This is a great time to get to know your Center Boulevard neighbors and try out some amazing local cuisine. There will be delicious FREE snacks generously supplied by Alobar in addition to discounted Happy Hour cocktails, American Craft Beers, and the best whiskey list in LIC. Try out the High Rise, a specialty cocktail invented just for TFC: a pineapple & vanilla-infused tequila margarita!
One of the best things about living in Long Island City ? Besides, you know, living in Long Island City? Not only is Midtown just a subway stop or two away, but all of the culinary and cultural delights of Brooklyn’s Greenpoint and Williamsburg are similarly situated, right across Newton’s Creek. Hop on the G train, ride for a couple of minutes, and there you are, smack in the heart of two of the most exciting food-and-fun neighborhoods in all of New York City.
For TF Cornerstone residents of The West Coast, at the very end of the lovely Horatio Street, Maud Bonsignour’s Bakehouse is the perfect neighborhood spot. Spacious and pretty, with a wall-full of windows taking full advantage of the river views from the West Village. Bakehouse is a welcoming, casual restaurant cooking up a menu packed with bistro favorites for lunch, brunch and dinner. There’s also a solid cocktail program here at Bakehouse, and a large, friendly bar at which to enjoy it. And, maybe best of all, Bakehouse Bistro is also Bakehouse Bakery, serving coffee and freshly-made baked goodies–the croissants and cookies are particularly tasty–to stay or to go, all day long. In other words, there are lots of ways to satisfy all sorts of desires here at Bakehouse. (more…)
It’s been almost four and a half years now since Luke’s Lobster started slinging its plump, pristine lobster rolls around town, making this once-luxurious sandwich into a regular part of my personal quick-bite rotation. (more…)
There were plenty of scoffers three years ago when Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow opened their first Meatball Shop on the Lower East Side. “A menu of just meatballs!?”, the naysayers said. “Too gimmicky!” Boy were they wrong. The original Stanton Street Meatball Shop remains packed night after night, and subsequent outposts in Williamsburg and the West Village quickly became go-to casual spots for their respective neighborhoods. In February the newest Meatball Shop started slinging these meaty treats in Chelsea, on Ninth Avenue and 22nd Street, and Holzman and Chernow promise that their Upper East Side location will be done this month. (more…)
Long Island City residents, meet your one-stop hangout for all things caffeinated and boozy (and baked good-ish), the spanking-new Sweetleaf on Center Boulevard. That’s right, Freddy (aka Al) Arundel and Rich Nieto, the bandmates, buddies, and brothers-in-law behind LIC’s incomparable Jackson Avenue Sweetleaf have teamed up with cocktail rockstar Richard Boccato of the equally incomparable Dutch Kills so that you can indulge in all of your favorite vices, day and night, without ever having to get up from your cafe lounge/bar stool.
Located on the street level of TF Cornerstone’s luxury rental tower at 46-15 Center Boulevard, the new Sweetleaf manages to the keep the indie, underground sensibility of their Jackson Avenue original while continuing to serve, no question, LIC’s best drinks. (more…)
Every neighborhood deserves a great juice bar, but until recently residents of our Financial District apartments had to trek over to Whole Foods on West Street or uptown to the densely-juiced-up Soho and Union Square to get their liquified greens, roots, and/or fruits. But not any more! Late last month, Magic Mix Juicery opened its doors on Fulton Street near William, just a few blocks from several TF Cornerstone buildings; 2 Gold Street, 45 Wall Street and 99 John Deco Lofts. This sparkling new spot will make all of your healthy-drinking (and eating!) dreams come true. Magic Mix is owned by the affable “certified health coach” Jil Larsen. This new NYC juice bar features an appealing menu of cold-pressed juices and superfood smoothies. And you might be surprised, as I was, to find a variety of grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, snacks and desserts by the former Earth Matters Chef Lawrence Todd. In short, the Magic Mix Juicery is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. (more…)
There’s a new FIDI bar worth checking out. It is a great concept for an NYC bar and is executed in style. The Dead Rabbit “Grocery and Grog” (really: bar with food and some random groceries in the back) just opened last week in the Financial District, the oldest part of town, in a landmark building on Water Street that dates back to the 1820s. Our 2 Gold Street residents are in luck since it is a short 10 minute walk to this intriguing establishment. Named after the notorious 19th-century Irish gang who warred with the Bowery Boys (and, probably, everyone else), The Dead Rabbit is not only designed to look and feel like you’ve stumbled off the waterfront into some raucous watering hole of yore, but the menu is a throwback, especially the cocktail list, which is filled with (historically accurate?) things like fixes and daisies, slings and toddies, flips, possets and nogs. And though The Dead Rabbit could have easily been a tourist-trap nightmare of kitsch, the whole thing is done with taste, a genuine passion for the era, and enough half-mocking self-awareness so as not to be insufferable. (more…)
This is a big win for the FiDi. Ever since the mid-aughts the team behind Mooncake Foods have been feeding hungry Manhattanites at their ever-lengthening string of cozy, Asian-y, quick-bite restaurants: first in Soho, then Chelsea, then Hells Kitchen. Run by an affable pair of married couples (plus one mother-in-law), Mooncake Foods has become almost cultishly adored for its emphasis on healthy cooking methods (no fryers here); fresh, high-quality, often organic ingredients; big, exciting flavors; AND all at beautifully low prices. Just last week Mooncake Foods opened their fourth outpost, and we couldn’t be more excited about its location, right on the corner of John and Pearl Street. FiDi residents, meet your new go-to takeout spot.