We all have paths that take us through our commutes and daily lives, and Iím particularly fond of the path that took me home from my retail store in Chelsea Market every evening for a year. Leaving the store, I would walk down Ninth Avenue which becomes Hudson and turn left on Bleecker Street, following it until I turned right on Mercer. It cuts through the south of Chelsea, through the Meatpacking District and down to the West Village into Soho. I became enamored with the variety these neighborhoods offer.
As I leave the Eleniís store and Chelsea Market, the first visible business is a lumberyard, which begins the walk that is charmingly full of so many different sides of New York. Looking west, you can see the High Line running for several blocks, the defunct and beautifully rusted elevated train tracks. There is evidence of the recent transition of the Meatpacking ... [more]
Eleni Gianopulos, Eleni's.
Fancy on the Cheap
If you are itching to try some of the city's fine dining,
but are decidedly non-itching to pay fine dining prices,
stop by for lunch instead of dinner. Many restaurants
crammed for dinner will serve the same food to a nearly
empty room at lunchtime. Prices are often more reasonable;
for instance, Jean Georges, the well-starred restaurant right
off Columbus Circle (at 1 Central Park West), has a lunch
menu that features any two entrees for only $24. Afterwards,
take a walk through the park and splurge on a ridiculously
overpriced $4 ice cream from a cart.