Elizabeth Street (Little Italy) – delightful garden

Updated from 2015

There is a small park – Elizabeth Street Gardens – on Elizabeth Street , between Prince & Spring streets (Little Italy) that is very unusual. While not open all the time it is a great place to have lunch (bring your own) or picnic or sit in the shade. You will be surrounded by statuary of all kinds. Oh by the way, it is free. Check here for when open.

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The Elizabeth Street Gallery, open to the public in a park like setting, contains a variety of ornamental stonework, some of it depicting mythological figures

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I walked the length of Elizabeth Street and found most of the people enjoying the day. The restaurants were busy and  those stores that were open had customers.

Most of the buildings in the area are multifamily, or apartment buildings dating from the first decade or two of the 20th Century

Some people think that the boundary between Chinatown and SOHOis mid-block between Kenmare and Spring,  The area to the south is mostly Chinese.

Before  the virus arrived the northern area was home to upscale galleries and shops north of Kenmare.

As of this date,  many shops have closed due to the pandemic. The street is filled mostly with outside dining. and there is a lot of construction going on. However, visiting the garden is still very enjoyable and all along the street people were animated and enjoying their visit. Most wearing masks and other than restaurants and bars, keeping some separation between each other

I am confident that after we solve the health situation  These  two blocks just South of Houston will, again, become quite alive and quite trendy.

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Carved, painted and lettered shingle signs that hang over the sidewalk are becoming popular in the neighborhoods where the hip people go,
 Photos taken on November 8, 2020

Trivia

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Elizabeth and Hester may be the only intersection in Manhattan where both streets are women’s first names, though Hester isn’t used much anymore. Elizabeth Street is one of the few major streets in Manhattan that begins and ends at a T-shaped intersection.

NYC – a hint of spring – great time for a walk

When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing, like I’m in a movie. Ryan Adams

Today, I share with you a hint of spring here in NYC. The weather is warmer, flowers are in bloom and the outside world is coming alive!

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Noticed the Austrian Cultural Forum and looked inside

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Wooden Racks for drying Hay
Wooden Racks for drying Hay
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Movable Thoughts

Remember… adventure is always around the corner… enjoy your walk.

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September – Farmer’s markets

During August I usually try to get some locally grown sweet-corn.  All year I get to visit many of the NYC farmer’s markets but the arrival of corn begins a time to not only enjoy the taste of sweet corn but to marvel at the color of the produce that is displayed.

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In 19th century New York City, it was not uncommon for the poor and working-class to buy baked goods, produce, and even meat, downstairs in the open air from sidewalk peddlers in front of their tenement buildings.

Today there are Farmer’s markets, Farm Stands, Road-side-wagons and assorted other names for buying fresh produce from local farms.

Hopefully, the following photos will give you the incentive to either visit a market in the city or take a ride outside the city to enjoy Nature’s Bounty.

Map of NYC Farmer’s Markets

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/cdp/farmers-market-map.pdf

Here are a few fun photographs

NYC – Upper East Side near Central Park #3 Conservatory Gardens

THIS IS PART OF SEVERAL POSTS THAT WILL HIGHLIGHT THE AREA ABOVE 86th STREET (mostly eastside).

Conservatory Gardens

This a very formal garden area. In warm weather it is a cool spot as it has many trellises  arbors and trees. Again, this is a peaceful place to linger. (Bathrooms are here as well). There are a few ,museums across 5th avenue and a bus stop where just about every bus can bring you back down 5th avenue. (You can take a bus on Madison Avenue to  get close to here.) At this writing. bus is $2,25 coins only/ or Metro card.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservatory_Garden

The Conservatory Garden of Central Park replaced a glass conservatory at the same location. It is a formal 6-acre garden sectioned out into three traditional styles: Italian, French and English.

  • You enter the Garden from Fifth Avenue and pass through the Vanderbilt Gate, which once bordered the entrance of the Vanderbilt mansion.
  • ·The Garden is composed of three distinct parts, skillfully restored since the 1980s, and is accessible through the Vanderbilt Gate at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street,
  • The central section of the Conservatory Garden is a symmetrical lawn outlined in clipped yew, with a single central fountain jet at the rear.
  • To the left on the south side, is the garden of mixed herbaceous borders in wide concentric bands around The Secret Garden water lily pool,
  • To the right of the central formal plat is a garden also in concentric circles, round a Fountain, that highlights the  bronze figures, Three Dancing Maidens by Walter Schott (1861-1938).

Note: Just around east 90th St and Fifth Ave there is a church on the corner. It has a very small café. The inside of the church is beautiful.

One block south is the Guggenheim Museum the street and across the street is the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

Going north – The Meer