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New Amsterdam Market

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The New Amsterdam Market was founded by Robert LaValva in 2005 and takes place every Sunday from 11-4pm. Its location, just north of the South Street Seaport, is a familiar place for haggling produce as far back as the 1640’s when markets began to spring up along the Ferry landing at Peck Slip.

Right next door to the New Amsterdam Market sits an old icon of a building that once housed the Fulton Fish Market, (which you can see in my second photo). The fish operation moved to Hunts Point in the Bronx as of 2005 and for 7 years nothing has been done with this crumbling building. No one comes down at the crack of dawn to buy fish here anymore. The area’s residents probably don’t miss the smells but a crumbling empty building with no purpose is a waste and an eyesore.  Robert LaValva’s bright idea would be to move his once a week New Amsterdam Market (which currently takes place outside in the parking area) into this enclosed space. Of course there’s red tape but I think it’s a great idea and I wish him luck. Through the New Amsterdam Market, many emerging businesses get to have their fledgling opportunities. Some of the vendors sell handcrafted, vintage inspired bicycles, artisanal jams, kimchi and wines grown on the North Fork of Long Island. There’s plenty of cheeses, meats and heirloom fruits and vegetables. There’s even some yummy sandwiches that pair up well with a walk along the East River. The New Amsterdam Market has great views of the Brooklyn Bridge so grab a treat from the market and head over for a stroll or cycle.

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Written by agnesbstanton

October 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

70 W. 10th St. “Patchin Place”

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Patchin Place was once part of Sir Peter Warren’s farm who sold it to Samuel Milligan the original owner of Milligan Place. When Milligan’s daughter Isobel married Aaron Patchin, this land was given to them as a gift and is now therefore called Patchin Place.

This tiny gated enclave, made up of ten brick row-houses built in 1848, originally housed waiters who worked for the high-society Brevoort Hotel on 5th Avenue. During the first half of the 20th Century, Patchin Place was home to many writers and artists such as E.E. Cummings who reportedly lived in this cul-de-sac after escaping from army life. This is where he threw himself into writing, painting, and a little debauchery. Patchin Place was also once home to Theodore Dreiser as well as Djuna Barnes, who lived in Patchin Place for 42 years. Djuna Barnes and E.E. Cummings were friends and both would shout from their windows to each other especially Cummings to Barnes “Are you still alive, Djuna”? She was known to be a recluse. Barnes would remain a resident until her death in 1982. One can make the comparison that this artist’s colony was the New York equivalent to Paris’ Le Bateau-Lavoir.

Since the 1990’s, Patchin Place has laughingly become “therapy row” as it is now a popular place for psychotherapist’s offices. It retains one of only two gas street lamps known to still  exist in New York City. It’s the only one that continues to give off light, although the light is now powered by electricity instead of gas.

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April 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Milligan Place

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Located on 6th Ave. close to W. 10th St. this little nock is all too easy to miss.  There is no actual street sign, and the only indication that this is in fact Milligan Place, is the cast-iron name on the gate. To enter you must have a key or know someone that lives in one of the four buildings on the inside. The original owner of this property was Samuel Milligan and the four buildings were originally built around 1850. One of the notable residents of Milligan Place was Eugene O’Neill, the famed playwright and Nobel Laureate.

Photo by: Abbott, Berenice March 20, 1936

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April 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

High Line

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Today I went to see the High Line unfortunately everything below 16th St. was closed do to construction on a neighboring building. I like the premise of how old abandoned railroad tracks get turned into public space. Some of the views onto the Hudson River are phenomenal. In the picture above I snapped a young artist practicing his art wearing green sneakers and sitting on a bench that’s part of the amphitheater area of the High Line. He’s really concentrating and what better place to draw than in a type of park three stories above ground. I like that he picked a spot with plenty of inspiration all around.

History: The High Line was built in the early 1930’s and used as a means to alleviate traffic and offer more of a direct warehouse to freight transport. By 1980 is was abandoned and recently has been transformed into a public park that opened June 8th, 2009.

Recent pictures of mine show how much was actually changed during the transformation. Below you see a view onto 10th Ave. and further back even as far as to the Statue of Liberty.  Some of the railroad tracks have been preserved and actually look well with the other scenery.

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April 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm

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Shakespeare Garden in Central Park

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One of my favorite places to sit down and enjoy a good book  is a particular spot in Central Park; The Shakespeare Garden. Not many people know about it as it’s easy to miss just as easy as it is to stumble upon it accidentally. Once you have found it, the best thing to do is keep it a secret. I’m only sharing my little secret spot to the few readers that are enjoying my blog. I’ll make a wise bet and assume most of you are not blabber mouths. I would hate for the tourists to find this pretty spot and invade it.

I like to sit on one of the three benches that face the evening sun. It tends to stay sunny up there as you are on a hill and you can enjoy the expansive views of “The San Remo”.  All the way at the top of the hill your views also include “The Beresford”. Both buildings were designed by Emery Roth.

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April 9, 2010 at 2:32 am