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{walk} New York: Touring the Woolworth Lobby

{walk} New York: Touring the Woolworth Lobby

For the ten years that I have lived in this city, I have never much appreciated the architecture given my preference to the European rather the American design sensibilities. Yet, even so, I cannot claim to be completely ignorant of the gems that dot the city that is my home, even if, they were built in reminiscence of cities that the immigrants originated from. Amidst all this, and, especially, since I started watching How I Met Your Mother, oh a few years ago, the name Woolworth has been rather bandied about in my hearing in the context of bucket list  to-dos, changing my mind about American architecture and all that.....

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Smorgasburg, Brooklyn - Scenes of a Modern Food Culture

Smorgasburg, Brooklyn - Scenes of a Modern Food Culture

A couple of weekends ago, as the weather thawed considerably, I finally made it to one of the best known outdoor food markets in the country - Smorgasburg. It has been running popular since 2011, and even extended its very Brooklyn roots to grace the neighboring county of Manhattan. For all that time, I had tried and failed to make a visit largely because I don't like crowds and mostly because I then lived in the less hip Manhattan borough. But, this year shall be hallowed since I made it in the second week of it's operation.

And, what a lovely visit it was! The market runs in different places on Saturday and Sunday. Despite not having visited the Williamsburg one, I am going to stipulate that the one in Brooklyn Heights on Sunday is the best one to be at. Simply because it is in a pier, by the water, a boardwalk and stunning vistas! What more can one possibly want as you leisurely walk about, grab food from different stalls and then mull over how content you are in the moment while overlooking the tall buildings of Downtown Manhattan where some....

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{walk} New York : Lower East Side in the Day

{walk} New York : Lower East Side in the Day

Not so long ago, a grungy, dirty, needle and drug infested hell hole, this part of Manhattan has over the last decade metamorphosed into the it 'hood. It happens to be my favorite part of the city to hang out in, not just for the variety of ethnic and neuvo but ever vibrant food and drink scene but also because this section is steeped in New York history. Nestled between, rather I must say amongst as the boundaries are never clear, China town, Little Italy and random poshness of Gramercy, this section can vary from being fishy and dirty to wafting with warm welcoming flavors.

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{walk} New York : Gowanus and Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

{walk} New York : Gowanus and Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

I share a few photos of a little area called Gowanus and Cobble Hill in Brooklyn and where to eat recommendations, at the end of the post. Gowanus is an infamous canal that runs through part of Brooklyn, separating the neighborhoods of Park Slope and Carroll Gardens, both being the strongholds of well-heeled European immigrants since New York City was born. Cobble Hill runs along and offshoots from Smith Street that houses some amazing spots, a mix of the nomadic, charmed past of Brooklyn to the nuevo craft inspired and yoga centric present.

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