We all have paths that take us through our commutes and daily lives, and I’m 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 Eleni’s 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.
Here's a little guide to orient you if you find yourself in Manhattan without a map.
If you're lost in Central Park: Follow a path. Almost all the paths will lead to the Loop, a 6-mile drive that has foot, bike, skating, and sometimes car traffic on it. It traces an imperfect oval inside the park boundaries: from nearly any point, you're only a short ways from the outside of the park. The lampposts, if you look closely, have small metal signs on them which tell you the cross street at your latitude: "100-2" is the 2nd lamp on the Loop above 100th Street; "67-4" is the 4th lamp above 67th.
If you're lost looking for an address: Addresses project east and west from Fifth Avenue: 20 West 43rd Street (the old home of the New Yorker magazine) is in the block between 5th and 6th Avenues. Westward, the first block is 0-99, the second is 100-199, and so on. ...