Lower East Side and LES
This is going to be a page about my vacation, I'd give you a few tips in order of the experience we lived.
Please consider I won't give you all the info you can find on every LonelyPlanet and in the same time there are a million things we haven't seen for several reasons...
This is just a little point of view.
So...let's start the 10 days in NYC from the district where we were "living".
We booked and apartment via Airbnb (I suggest the guest and the apartment), a very small but also comfortable two room apartment, recommended for maximum two people.
The apa is in the Lower East Side and faces on Orchard Street where there are a lot of bars and restaurants and art galleries.
I must say that since you really walk a lot in NY, at night we were so tired that we had our dinner always in the LES and twice we had dinner directly at home.
Orchard 88: Super nice for breakfast, it looks like the classical bricks wall bar. Bartenders are just indie and nice. I recommend it!
Barrio chino: A small and super packed bar/restaurant, they serve tapas, corona and it was recently voted The Best Margarita in New York by Village Voice.
Dudleys: we went there only the last day before taking the taxi to Penn Station, it is in front of Orchard 88. It is a cool vintage look like bar, where you can have a nice brunch. This place is always packed.
Lost Weekend NYC: is a coffee shop/gallery/lifestyle store, it is a quite hipster and relaxed place. I think that what strikes more is the furniture and the shop side.
Sticky Rice: super super nice! I really recommend it because the food is perfect, people are nice and it is so comfortable. Sticky Rice serves authentic Thai food.
Top Hat: I love it! It is a collection of whimsical trinkets by Nina Allen. Wooden tables of stylish Moleskin notebook-alternatives and shelves of small handmade devices for making uncannily accurate bird calls stand next to large French pillows, realistic porcelain fruit, and German pens.
Gargyle: it is a lifestyle boutique and brand founded by husband and wife team, Don Vu and Nhung Nguyen. I was particularly attracted by F-Troupe shoes.
Now let's talk about the East Village. More shopping, more eating, more green and really close to the LES - oh I forgot to tell you that we used the Metro as transportation method it is cheap and it goes everywhere (my tip if you have an iPhone is to download Embark NYC, it works even without internet connection).
My only complain about the East Village is that CBGB doesn't exist anymore! Everything else is cool and hipster and there are a lot of second hand/vintage shops.
Crif Dogs: the best hot dog in the city (also in a vegetarian version). It is a small place looking like a basement.
Tinys Giant Sandwich Shop: in the middle between Lower east Side and East Village. Amazing panini and drinks, we loved it a lot! Fresh ingredients and nice bar tenders...
A1-Records: here you are short documentary-style piece about the shop. Andrea loved it and I guess he'd like to spend there hours and hours...
Academy records: another place to dye for if you are passionate about LPs
Pinkolive: One of my fav shops ever. I bought two numbers of Uppercase magazine and Andrea bought for me an alphabet & numbers stamp set.
Still House: minimal and small as every shop and home in NYC.
Let's go through the second part of the journey in New York City.
Today I'll show you a bit of the Lower Manhattan district, where few points of interest are situated (the Statue of Liberty and, of course, the World Trade Center Memorial), I must say we did this tour on our first day in NYC to have an overview of the city and the distance you are going to walk, it was chaotic and impressive in the same time.
First we went to the World Trade Center, since we hadn't bought any ticket before we just stayed outside. When you arrive you are in the financial district and there are several very very high skyscrapers as well as the new Freedom Tower (that was completed just after our journey).
I suggest to go on foot to Battery Park and have a walk, then use the ferry to Staten Island (if you don't like to walk the Metro station is South Ferry). This ferry is completely free and you'll have a cool view of Manhattan! If you are lucky - as we were - you'll get an old looking ferry with wood seats.
New York Street Food: since you are in the Financial District there are dozens of place where you can go, but on this website you'll get a list of cool cart where you can eat.
Now I'll talk about Brooklyn (DUMBO and Williamsburg included).
The borough of Brooklyn is definitively my fav one: lower buildings than in Manhattan (and I am not thinking about the skyscrapers) it is greener and very calm.
We went there a couple of times on Sunday and once during the week.
On Sunday there are flea markets in Brooklyn: check this website 'cause the location changes during the year (Winter to Summer), we have been to both the Williamsburg and the Fort Green.
This neighborhood is perfect to have a look of Manhattan from the other side of the East River, the flea market is beautiful and if the weather is fine you can eat something in the park, actually the park is the same where the last Renegade Craft Fair was made.
Tiny Empire: small batches of raw, organic, unpasteurized juices that are packed with big flavor and essential nutrients.
The burger guru: lovely and tasty veggie burgers, but also hamburger for not-vegetarians...
Awoke vintage: The Awoke collection is handpicked from across the globe, with careful consideration given to each and every piece.
Artists and Flea: On the way to the East River State Park you'll find it (N7th St between Kent and Wythe Ave)
Earwax: if you are looking for LP such as Rock-A-Fella
Verameat: hand-crafted jewels made with fine materials as ecologically sound recycled silver and pure 14k gold.
Dumbo looks like an industrial part of the district, but it reveals few surprises. It is where the Brooklyn bridge arrives.
West Elm: quite famous because of the partnership with Etsy, this is a cool shop for forniture and homedecor.
Zakkacorp: an amazing shop managed by a superkind Japanese guy plenty of books of graphic design, architecture, magazines and toys.
Then if you have already been to the MoMA, you can use a second time the tickets to get to the MoMA PS1.