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.
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.