Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Goodbye Chelsea

After our late night we had a slow start to the day, only emerging for a late lunch in the neighbourhood. We didn't want to leave New York without eating at Eataly, just 2 blocks away from where we're staying, at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue.

Eataly brings the very best of Italy to New York: we cook what we sell and we sell what we cook.......along with designer Italian cookware, wines and liquor, and cookbooks to die for. Memo to Jeremy: if you ever decide to visit New York, stay somewhere near Eataly...best coffee, bread, antipasto in New York, and a cool enough scene to satisfy Jeremy's high standards. The store/eatery is filled with stylish Italians..you can tell by their little scarves, narrow pants and pointy toe shoes and great hair cuts.

We love our lunch: fresh anchovies on roast peppers and whole whiting in a delicious light sauce and crunchy snap peas, accompanied by a fresh white Italian wine, a Suave.

We do a bit of last minute shopping at Macy's on Herald Square then take a stroll down to the Hudson River end of 24th Street, a quiet and leafy area with beautiful pre war apartment buildings and prosperous looking brownstones. The street level of a whole block of apartments on W 24th Street has been opened up as contemporary gallery spaces - all white and minimalist and very EXPENSIVE. Chelsea is known as the art district of New York. It's been a wonderful place to stay!

We do a bit of sorting back at the apartment before heading out again to experience our last sunset in New York, this time from the Chelsea Highline Park - another favourite place for us in New York. It's not as glamorous as our vantage point from Brooklyn Bridge Park last night but strolling the Highline Park offers a more funky and thoughtful sunset experience for us.

There was a small gathering around the members of the Amateur Astronomer's Society of New York who'd set up small telescopes. The object of attention seemed to be.....

.......the half moon.

Goodbye wonderful New York.

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