Map: Lower West Side
Some of our favorite spots around the Lower West Side neighborhood…
1 Burning Books / 420 Connecticut
Coming September 8 to the bookstore for radicals: Daniel McGowan, the eco-activist whose story was told in the Oscar-nominated If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.
2 BreadHive / 402 Connecticut
Occupying the space pioneered by a long-departed and much-mourned sandwich shop, Buffalo’s worker-owned bakery offer a full men of sandwiches—and, of course, take-home baked goods.
3 The Corner Store / 380 Connecticut
This place has a surprising array of deep-fried fast food—chicken, pastelillos, papas rellenas, things we don’t even have names for—plus pizza, plus other good, quick eats at low, low prices.
4 Phu Thai Oriental Grocery Store / 356 Connecticut
If you frequent other Asian markets in the area but haven’t been here, try it out: The shop stocks many items you won’t find elsewhere. Lots of seafood.
5 Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile / Lait Cru Brasserie / 346 Connecticut
Jill Gedra Forster’s lovely shop has moved and expanded, occupying the former Martin Cooks location and offering breakfast and lunch, fine cheeses and other comestibles, and, soon, dinner.
6 WestSide Herbs & Alliums / 251 Vermont
This urban farm’s produce is available at Barrel + Brine and the Lexington Coop, and at the Tidwell Farmer Market. But why not buy it at their own stand on Fridays, 5-7pm?
7 Karpeles Manuscript Library / 453 Porter
The current exhibit in the lovely church tuned museum and events space: Maps of the United States, offering an eye-opening history of this country and its cartographical evolution.