Our little apartment is proving to be a cosy nest. Close to everything in the West Village. This morning we decided to explore it a little more.
What better way to start then by walking the 6 mins to Rob and Jordan’s and adding to the walk by going up the six flights to their apartment. You sure would keep fit living there.
They were ready to go to work so…..
Back down stairs and a quick photo.
If you visit NY, an apartment in this area would be great. We’re in Charles St. They’re in Commerce Street.
Other streets around like Christopher, Grove, Waverly are all quiet and have easy access to three metro stations. 14th Street, Christopher St are on the red 1,2,3; and W4th and Washington has blue ACE and orange BDFM. Once you’ve bought a card and loaded it with cash you’re right to go. The subway, buses etc. are an easy system once you know which direction you are going!
Washington Park is nearby and one of my favourite spots. It has a wonderful stone arch, beautiful fountain and areas of lawn for relaxing. And a dog off-leash area where all the locals mix and mingle – dogs and owners.
I love the sign on the grass here.
We walked past the University of NY law school and saw recent graduates fluttering around in their purple robes, stopped for coffee at one of the many coffee places in this area before continuing onto Soho. David Prior, an Australian food writer living nearby recommends Stumptown coffee and Atla for breakfast.
Soho and it’s charming streets – Prince, Mercer, Green, Worster and LaFayette – are littered with lovely boutiques. Some big known names, others new designers. Fortunately for Steve most weren’t open. Hours here are more 11-7pm. Or even 9pm.
Jordan works in this area at Glossier – a skin and make-up company. I’ll be visiting her on Friday so more about that then.
We reached Canal Street and bought a cheap duffle style bag for the extra purchases we’ve made including some birds for the garden! Fibreglass, not live!
A map of the area with a red dot marking Glossier.
By now it was Ball Game time.
So onto the Red1 to Times Square a quick change to the 7 out to Citi Fields, home to the Mets. One of the local baseball teams.
The whole thing was great.
Arriving and walking through the now grey rainy skies to the entrance.
Inside and up the giant elevators to the concourse, past all the food vendors selling beer, sausages , pretzels, cotton candy, supporters gear and cocktails!
We found Lynn and Bill and braved the conditions to sit in our $91 seats a few rows back from the protective net.
Great seats. Pity about the rain. But Barry bought Bloody Marys! Apparently that helps with the now cool conditions and the cheering & supporting!
Lynn and I huddled as she explained the finer points of the game. She’s been a Mets fan for years. She knows a lot!
They were playing the Blue Jays from Toronto where Barry comes – from so Steve became a Blues supporter with Barry.
By the third innings the rest of our swim trekkers had arrived and we knew the local Mets team were struggling. No home runs to 3. Not a great start for them.
Food called – so off to the Shake Shack. All coloured lights and fast food. Burger, hot dogs, beer and nacho! By now the temperature had plummeted, we were cold and sought shelter in cheaper seats under cover.
At the end of the 7th inning they sing. ‘Take me out to the ball game…..’ we all sang with gusto and beer-fuelled voices.
The Mets were still playing like they had celebrated too much after their 12-0 win last night. They play about 4 times a week – at least. It’s big money here so they play them all the time.
Despite many leaving – it was still raining – we stuck it out. We made it to the end and caught the train back into Manhatten.
Steve and I headed home to rest up because we had a dinner date at a restaurant called Blue Hill Farm with Rob and Jordan.
I had heard about it on a podcast with Leigh Sailes. Jordan had also heard about it and as it was close by here Jordan made a reservation a month ago.
It was wonderful. Expensive – yes. An experience- yes again. The food was fresh and simple and just lovely flavours.
There is a four course menu for about $95. I choose the fish followed by artichoke in a delicious sauce followed by pork and a gorgeous raspberry dessert. The restaurant was friendly, not pretentious at all, with an elegant design.
What a lovely night with the new Mr & Mrs Maitland.