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.
Carnegie Hill is the area between 86th and 96th Streets, and between Third and Fifth Avenues that is home to many of the cityís private schools and the families whose children attend them. The neighborhood derives its name from the Carnegie Mansion, former home of Andrew Carnegie and current home of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, well worth a visit at 91st Street and Fifth Avenue. In this neighborhood you will find wonderful shops: clothing and shoes for women and children, gourmet food and wine stores, bookstores and toy stores--each with its own personality and fine service, as they are often proprietor owned and operated.