When I first rolled into New York City on a Greyhound from the Martha's
Vineyard ferry terminal back in 1981, I never dreamed I would spend at least
the next 26 years of my life here. I was crashing on the floor of my former
college roommate's studio apartment in the far West Village and I hoped, as
I meandered about those maze-like streets, that downtown Manhattan would someday be my home. After protracted periods of life on the Upper East and West sides, I finally settled in Greenwich Village with my family of five. With an office in Soho, downtown is pretty much my full-time stomping ground.
Mornings are perfect at Balthazar in Soho, where the locals meet for blazing hot coffee, bread, and pastries baked at the Balthazar Bakery next door. Farther west on 12th Street, the new Cafe Cluny has a quiet neighborhood feel and plenty of free newspapers to peruse while ... [more]
Andy Arons, Gourmet Garage
New Yorkers divide religiously along East Side/West Side
lines. But occasionally they are known to travel to the Other
Side. If you find yourself in such an unlikely position, you
might take a cross-town bus: they run along 66th/67th Streets,
72nd, 86th, 96th, and 110th. These are, however, some of the
slowest buses in the MTA's roster, famously clocked at an
average of about four miles per hour. So you might also
consider walking, enjoying the park along the way, and
grinning as you pass the bus unloading its charges.