(Part 1 is right here, y’all.)
We woke up to the hum of the city and blue skies.
The place we had planned to grab some coffee and breakfast had moved so we did some quick Googling and found Cafe Grumpy just down the street from us and the brew was excellent. On par with Cafe Myriade here in Montreal, for sure. I liked the crocheted portraits on the walls by artist Jo Hamilton.
Mike had the wonderful idea to drop by the famous (and kinda wacky) photo store, B & H Photo, first thing in the morning to pick up us up each a holga camera with which to document our trip. Our plan is to create a grid/tableau from the best shots as a sorta keepsake- we haven’t gotten the pictures back yet, so I’ll post ’em here when they’re printed. We sipped our coffees and nibbled banana bread on the walk over. I’ve never been in a store quite like B & H- it’s run by Hasidic jews and is three stories high with an eleborate track system to deliver items from the stock room to the sales floor and then to the cash register (here’s a short video to give you an idea).
We hopped onto the subway (my first time of course!) and headed over to the madness of Canal Street to check out Chinatown and Little Italy. We wondered around, found some refreshing iced tea to sip on and slowly trawled the deals, fish mongers and a park where throngs of Chinese men played dominoes. We also found a good hat for the fair-skinned Mike and bargained it down to pocket change: rad!
We stopped for lunch at Bánh Mì Saigon Bakery for Vietnamese sandwiches (thanks to AEB for the recommendation) and root beer. The sandwiches were served on sliced baguette bread and filled with a lot of spicy, porky deliciousness!
We tucked in amid the shop’s jewelry counters and then wandered up some narrow streets with strong Scorcese-esque Italian overtones and clothing stores. On one of the side streets the passage was decorated with tinsel covered wire overhead and down below carny types were setting up fairground style games and concession stands for a street festival that was going to start the following day. We turned a corner and happened upon a fashion photo shoot and, well, it was a little silly.
We wanted to check out the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn and thought it might be fun to get there by walking over the bridge, so that’s what we did. It was a long hot walk, but the views from the bridge were pretty awesome and we hot footed it hoping to stop in at the famed Saltie as well as Glasslands, a venue a few different friends had recommended to us.
Once we touched down on the other side of the river, we found that we were pretty thirsty and stopped for some locally brewed beer at Luckydog before heading down to the water by way of a small, busy place called Grand Ferry Park not far from Glasslands and a few other venues we wanted to hit up later on.
We accidentally missed Saltie’s opening hours after all and, perhaps unsurprisingly, after an early wake-up + a day walking around the city under a hot sun + late afternoon beers, we were pretty exhausted and decided to forgo checking out any shows that night. We decided instead to close the day with more beer so we stopped by BarBerry’s happy hour and chilled out for a long while on their sidewalk terrace to people watch/ogle the generally awesome street style before more walking around the neighborhood and grabbing some pizza before heading ‘home’ to Chelsea.
Part three real soon with some lomo photos, hopefully!