- By kevin
- On Jun 7, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Local's travel guide to New York city shared with you by Globerouter.com,and you can book your night tour New York with discount price nowdays.New York,the Big Apple city,as one of the biggest city in the USA,attracts more and more people to here every year.Chilean poet and novelist Roberto Bolaño once wrote,“Every hundred feet the world changes.”I’m partial to this quote as a food writer,particularly in regard to my current town,New York City—where you can live for a lifetime and still get happily lost.While technically part of the East Village,Alphabet City has a very distinct personality.
The latter half of the 20th century here was a time of high crime,but also of intense creativity.Jazz legend Charlie Parker lived in Alphabet City.Led Zeppelin chose a tenement building in the vicinity of the neighborhood for the cover of Physical Graffiti,and Iggy Pop named an entire album Avenue B.Madonna lived and wrote just off that same avenue at 232 East Fourth Street.
During these years,locals also began gardening in the abandoned lots between buildings.Today,there are more than 30 protected community green spaces.Two of the largest sit catty-corner at Avenue C and East Ninth Street:La Plaza Cultural and the Ninth Street Community Garden.You can snag a garden map at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space on Avenue C between East Ninth and East 10th Streets.
The Wayland,a rustic,craft cocktail bar,is also on this corner.The bar team here feels a playful love for vegetables and herbs,too.Kale juice brightens one drink.Smoked bark flavors another,and funk and soul bands play most nights.
Avenue C offers the world in terms of flavor.You could walk one block south to Kafana for Serbian—savory sausages and cold slaws are served in a crammed setting with a boisterous,Balkan warmth—or opt for Puerto Rican at Casa Adela near East Fifth Street.Adela Ferguson(now in her 80s)has operated the family-run restaurant for 40 years.Simple tablecloths decorate the tables,sodas are self-service from the cooler,and her incredible rotisserie chicken is always a hit.
A few blocks away,tour through the neighborhood’s flagship green space,Tompkins Square Park,and shop along Avenue A.Chain retailers are few,and quirky,independent shops abound.
Obscura Antiques&Oddities is akin to shopping in an old,vaudevillian storage unit.This writer once declined the offer to purchase a stuffed two-headed cow here.Trash and Vaudeville is now tucked up East Seventh Street.It opened originally on St.Marks during the height of the‘70s punk movement and remains a symbol and retailer for Goth,rockabilly,and glam style in the neighborhood.Exit9 Gift Emporium is great for small souvenirs—necklaces,books,and mugs—as well as sparking nostalgia for the 1980s with retro toys and candies.
Houston Street is the dividing line between the East Village and the Lower East Side.Cross it and the greenery thins as the buildings rise taller and taller.
When out-of-towners come calling,I make a point of visiting Katz’s Delicatessen.Sometimes,places are touristy with good reason.Katz’s is filled with hundreds of framed photos of famous past diners,and the deli sells thousands of pounds of pastrami and corned beef—cured for up to 30 days—per week.