Greenpoint and North Williamsburg BROOKLYN
Okay, this place rules. Take the L train to N.Bedford stop (it's the first stop in brooklyn leaving manhattan). Just walk around and see all the cool shops, places to eat and places to grab a drink. check this place out for ice cream. www.winecellarsorbet.com. So, walk up north to the Mccarren park where there is a big russian orthodox chuch www.roct.com. You'll hit Manhattan Avenue. Turn left and see all the great polish bakeries, clubs, restaurants, candy stores, grocery stores...awesome. LITTLE POLAND. My favorite restaurant though is Raymond's Place on 214 N.Bedford, 718-388-4200, this place is soooo good. So enjoy
A diamond in the rough
Jersey City is my new favorite place to explore. I have several close friends who live there. I've been introduced to some fabulous neighborhoods with great, offbeat restaurants, charming architecture and breathtaking views of the city. There is a lot of construction & renovation going on. They take old factory buildings and turn them into gorgeous loft living spaces. Jersey City has maintained an authentic industrial character. Many European immigrants came here at the turn of the century, which is evident in the details of the wood & stone work in some brownstones.
Great place to visit the Stanley Theater. The Stanley Theater was built in _____ as a major performing theater venue. More history on it's famed performances later. Became buried in rubble and ignored for decades until purchased by the Watchtower Society and restored to it's original glory and grandeur. Free Tours daily. The auditorium is decorated to make you feel you are in Italy with murals and balconies so that you think you are outdoors on the Mediterranean. Serves as an Assembly Hall. More later on it's interior of gold and costly furnishings as well as spectacular architecture and materials. Will post some pics soon.
PeterDW's new Jersey City page
When we drove north over a brigde, away from Staten Island, it started to rain. Rain is no problem, but on a bike, in a big, unknown, dangerous city, and the storm you are in is the worse in the area in 50 year, it is no fun. Getting a flat, as I did, did not add anything to the fun.
Fortunately, an autorepair show was still open. So there, I repair the damage, hoping for the storm to blow over very quickly. Well guess what, it did not. It only got worse, to best thing was to find a motel. The nearest one was 4 miles away. Ever tried to find a motel in the dark (it was already 7pm), in a storm, one a bike? Well, we then did. FUN!