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Chances are the last time I was hung out with my friend Steve, he and I were slugging down Irish car bombs at Butler’s, chugging bourbon and cokes at the late, great Ms. Mae’s, or else doing other illicit, alcohol-laden activities in the basement of our filthy frat house. Oh, the college day debauchery. Yet there we were, 11 years later, and Steve and I found ourselves reuniting in a decidedly different drinking scene.
Instead of heading straight to a bar for a double-round of shots, we scored a quiet table upstairs at Greenwich Project, a trendy restaurant in the West Village. Steve and I knew we had a lot of catching up to do, but we also knew that we needed to decide which teas to order that would best complement the looming tower of scones, pastries and finger sandwiches set between us.
Like an awkward first date, we both battled indecisiveness aloud while thumbing through our menus. Our waiter stood waiting. "They all sound so good -- you choose,” I strongly asked the waiter, hoping he’d make the right move.
How we found ourselves in such a dainty dilemma is owed to a combination of social media magic and Stephen's girlfriend, who handles the PR for this popular spot on West 8th Street.
The waiter must have sensed our ties to New Orleans college roots. Minutes later he came back with a pot of steeping Rouge Bourbon, a deep red tea with strong flavors of vanilla (but not so much Jim Beam). We each poured ourselves a cup and took in the sweet, relaxing aroma while the initial anxiety about reconnecting after so long dissipated. Soon enough, the Rouge Bourbon was conjuring up memories of parading down Bourbon Street in lavishly absurd costumes on Halloween, and we began to reminisce about all the Mardi Gras, Jazzfests, and epic parties we had stumbled through ten years prior.
We stuffed our faces with petite finger sandwiches filled with smoked salmon and cucumber, truffled egg salad, and seabream rillette. We chased it all down with sweet, fruity scones slathered with double Devonshire cream and rich strawberry preserves. Clearly, we had elevated our tastes somewhat from the dingy dives we had loved to frequent as college students, but still: Greenwich Project’s decor is anything but pretentious. Its atmosphere is shiny and clean yet pulsates with an easygoing, down-to-earth vibe.
The high tea at Greenwich Project ($35 per person; $45 per if you add in champagne or sherry) is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon with quality people and quality teas.
There is a large variety of teas on the menu, including flavors like jasmine mandarin, French breakfast, and Marco Polo. Even better is that the snacks are equally as good and come from a diverse mix of sweets including linzer tarts, chocolate truffles, Russian tea cookies, and my favorite guilty pleasure, financiers.
After downing the Rouge Bourbon and half a pot of Earl Grey Imperial, Stephen and I were met by our girlfriends who helped us leave nothing but crumbs on the tower by the time we were ready to call it an evening. To say the least, it was a successful reunion of bros.
But the Greenwich Project isn't all about tea. The shop also does a bang-up job for dinner and brunch. If you come at night, start with a half portion of goat cheese gnocchi with artichokes, capers and tomatoes and the asparagus salad with white beech mushrooms and brown butter. The dishes are bursting with flavor and serve as textural counterpoints to each another. If you’re into interesting proteins, the “Odd Couple” appetizer, composed of sweetbreads, wild Burgundy snails, bacon and roasted garlic, is the perfect dish to add to the starters. And if you love scallops like I do, you’ll be pleased with GP’s version, an entree served with salsify, romaine, Meyer lemon, and truffle pistachio vinaigrette. For brunch, the eggs benedict with spicy ham and a house-made cheddar biscuit is a local favorite, but it faces heavy competition from cornflake-crusted French toast, chicken paillard with pickled red onions and arugula, and pork belly hash with chipotle hollandaise and a poached egg to choose from.
Perhaps the best part is Greenwich Project’s cocktail menu. If you haven’t heard about the non-tea drinks being concocted over there (as well as at its sister restaurant Mulberry Project, a speakeasy-style bar and restaurant hidden in Little Italy), find a reason to get crunked up and let the bartenders there work their mixing magic. Cocktails like “East of Eden” (mixed from Reposado tequila, yellow chartreuse, basil, ginger, fresh lemon, and house-made celery bitters) and “Mr. Tingles” (a blend of Sichuan peppercorn-infused Brugal dry rum, pomegranate, fresh lemon, and bitters) are perfect for people with palates that crave diverse flavor profiles, while “Rye, Roots & Roses” (an elixir of rose petal-infused rye, maple syrup, and house-made “root” bitters) is for more adventurous drinkers. And for brunch, you can get your buzz on in a relatively healthy way with “La Maquina Verde,” featuring fresh green apple and kale juice, tequila, and “fire water” bitters, or with “Uncle Sven,” a mix of fresh beet juice, Bols Genever, kimmel, and house-made celery bitters.
So, whether you want to relax with some hot tea and fresh baked treats, to enjoy a full feast with unexpected flavor profiles, or to get wasted on some creative, high-quality cocktails, you now have a place in Greenwich Project where you can do all of the above. Just don’t try to do all three on the same visit.
Erik Mathes is a special contributor to The Daily Meal. You can follow Erik on Twitter @FeastsOfFury
Weekend In NYC
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Happy Friday, guys! Life behind the scenes here has been a little crazy lately between work projects, planning this wedding, renovating a kitchen, and getting ready to move. (I know…what crazy girl decided to do all of these things at once?! ?) BUT, I finally just got around to editing the photos from my trip to New York City and Barcelona with Barclay. And since many of you have been asking for our travel recommendations, so thought I would pop in today and share with you a few highlights from our trips, beginning with…
Initially, we were just planning to fly straight through NYC on route to Barcelona. But at the last minute, Barclay heard that a social justice hero of his was going to be speaking in Harlem that Saturday afternoon before our Sunday evening flight, and we realized that we might as well take the opportunity to spend the entire weekend in the City while passing through. So we cleared our schedules, bumped up our tickets, booked a quick hotel, and — poof! — a second mini-vacation was born!
Barclay and I have both spent quite a bit of time in and around NYC in the past, so we decided to nix any of the major tourist destinations this trip,and just spend our time walking and eating and wandering around a few of our favorite neighborhoods. And we did! And it was so simple! And so relaxing! And so much fun.
So for anyone interested, here are some of the highlights from our weekend…
Where We Stayed
We stayed at the Duane Street Hotel in Tribeca. I admittedly spaced off booking us a hotel, and chose this place at the last minute because it was cute, it was located in a fun neighborhood, and it was much more reasonably-priced than most other hotels in the area. And it was great!
We loved the vibe of the public spaces on the main floor, especially around the newly-renovated cocktail bar and lounge in the lobby, and the attached Graffiti Earth restaurant (which we never had the chance to try, but looked fun with an awesome menu). And loved that they served some of my favorite La Colombe coffee 24/7. They also have a cute row of bicycles sitting out front that guests are welcome to borrow (complete with locks and helmets), which my bicycle-loving fiancé absolutely loved.
The guest rooms themselves were pretty small (fair for NYC). But, they had really tall ceilings with amazing tall windows overlooking NYC. And we loved the fun decor touches all around, plus the yummy bath products and super-speedy wifi.
If you’re looking for a more affordable, cute place to stay in the City, I’d totally recommend it.
What We Did
Again, our itinerary this trip was super laid-back. Beyond catching the Thomas Merton lecture series, and spending an afternoon doing a food tour, we mostly spent our time just exploring the city on foot, walking miles and miles each day taking in the various neighborhoods (my favorite). And of course, following our noses — and Yelp — to what turned out to be a delicious array of restaurants along the way (my other favorite). But here is a short list of the places we actually visited, including what ended up being the highlight of the trip!
Chelsea Market: This was one of the few places on my bucket list for the weekend. I hadn’t been to Chelsea Market in a few years, and it was pretty chilly in NYC the weekend we were there, so an enormous indoor food hall sounded like the perfect place to explore. ? Amazingly, Barclay had never been before. So I had a fun time showing him around all of the various stalls, and then we warmed up with some delicious hot ramen afterwards. If you love food, this is such a fun and inspiring and yummy place to visit!
Foods Of New York Tour: The day before we left for NYC, I was telling Barclay about how much I loved doing a food tour in Greenwich Village year ago, and asked if he might be interested in booking one together. He was a little iffy about doing a tour — as I think we both are with many tours — but totally willing to go. So we scanned the list of tours available, and decided upon the Nolita/Noho Food Tour, since we both knew very little about that neighborhood. And, you guys, it was freaking awesome. Total surprise highlight of the trip. I mean, first off, the 3-hour tour is basically a 3-hour feast, where everyone in your small group gets to taste “samples” (which were practically like full meals each) from six local restaurants, including a fun mix of trendy new places and old classics. But we loved this tour — just like I remember loving my last one — because it’s a really fun deep dive into the history of one specific neighborhood in NYC. And a great walking tour, which was much appreciated to balance out all of that food. ? Props to our amazing guide, Jeanette, who was hilarious and engaging and super-knowledgable about the area, and made the afternoon so much fun. It was the perfect afternoon to begin our time in NYC, and Barclay and I both agreed we want to book another tour the next time we’re back. For anyone interested, the places we visited and the dishes we tasted on the Nolita/Noho tour included:
- : Brooklyn Blackout Cupcake : Prosciutto, Arugula, Mozzarella & Grana Padano Cheese Brick Oven Pizza : Classic French Tartine & Wine Tasting (at Fonda Nolita): Mexican Toasted Corn with Lime, Cotija cheese & mild spices : Sun-dried Tomato Arepa filed with Braised Short Rib : Salted Caramel Bombolone
The Django: Barclay and I really wanted to see some live music while we were in NYC, and we saw that this place down the street from our hotel had great reviews. So we popped down for a drink, and stayed to listen to the first set of the evening and absolutely loved it. The vibe of this spot was so cool, the bartenders were friendly, and the live jazz was fantastic. Also — SMALL WORLD — the bass player that evening randomly ended up being one of Barclay’s old friends!
The High Line: Somehow neither of us had never walked The High Line in NYC. So before heading to Chelsea Market, we spent a lovely Sunday morning walking the entire line from beginning to end. And of course, we absolutely loved it. Loved the entire concept of the historic freight line being turned into a beautifully-designed public park and green space and walkway, loved seeing the place so alive with people out walking on a Sunday morning, loved taking in all of great views of the city, and loved walking it all hand in hand with this sweet fiancé of mine. ?
Thomas Merton’s Lessons Of Peace: This was the lecture series that inspired us to come to NYC a few days early, dedicated to the teachings of Thomas Merton. Very inspiring, challenging, and thought-provoking…especially during such a politically-charged time in our nation’s history.
What We Ate
Añejo Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar: I randomly stumbled upon this place the last time I was in NYC on business, and remember loving the vibe of the restaurant (sparkly chandeliers + gorgeous bar + rustic decor) and the flavorful food. So since we were randomly staying nearby again, I took Barclay back to give it a try. Heads up — this place is definitely pricey for Mexican food (especially during dinner), and on top of that, the servings are pretty small. BUT, everything we had there was absolutely delicious. (Pro tip: If you go, be sure to look on Yelp to see if they’re still offering their coupon for free chips and salsa!)
- We ordered the Chips and Salsa Quattro (which I’d say is super overpriced at $11, but it’s free with the coupon, and all four salsas — salsa verde, habanero, burnt cilantro crema, salsa arbol — are awesome), Fish Tacos , Mushroom Tacos , and then we tried two mezcal cocktails (didn’t write down the names — one was made passion fruit and one with blood oranges). Everything was delicious.
Coffee Project New York: We stopped by this place at the end of our food tour for a cup of coffee, and loved the vibe of it from the outside. Once we went in, we noticed that nearly everyone there (it was packed!) had ordered their “deconstructed coffee”, so we decided to give it a try. As you can see in the pic, it was beautifully designed (and totally Instagram-worthy ?). And the baristas were incredibly friendly and knowledgable, and explained how to order the “tasting” of each ingredient so that the individual flavors of the latte were brought out, which was fun (and delicious). But at the end of the day — I’ll be honest — it all just tasted like a really good latte. Fun once, but probably wouldn’t go back.
- We ordered the Deconstructed Latte (which comes with a beautiful latte, espresso, low-temp pasteurized milk, a cookie, and sparkling water). Be sure to have the baristas explain how to taste everything if you order it.
Joe & The Juice: We impulsively popped into this place while wandering around Manhattan, and it was great for a quick drink! Apparently they have locations worldwide, and are headquartered in Denmark.
Kaffe 1668: We stopped by this place to grab coffee to go with our bagels (see below), and wished we could have stayed longer. Great vibe inside, spacious and cute place (sheep everywhere!), and awesome Scandinavian coffee.
Kobric Coffee Co: Another impulse walk-by coffee stop that we found on our way home from Chelsea Market. The vibe was cozy and dim, and the whole place has kind of a 20’s bar feel. And the coffees we had were absolutely excellent. The rest of their drink and food menus looked awesome too. Would love to return next time we’re in NYC.
La Colombe: This was the very first coffee shop we hit up after arriving in NYC, and it’s one of my all-time faves. Love, love, love their coffee.
Mokbar: After freezing our tails off walking The High Line, we decided to head into Chelsea Market afterwards to find some soup to warm us up. And Mokbar’s ramen did not disappoint. We both ordered the vegan miso ramen, which was totally flavorful and delicious. Then, after seeing a sign advertising that they had “the best kimchi in NYC”, we ordered a little side of that a la carte as well. I haven’t tried many other kimchis in New York, but this was certainly a good one. ? Would love to come back again and try their other ramens!
- We ordered the Vegan Miso Ramen (“doengjanjjigae” — with Kombu shiitake doenjang broth. tofu, triple seasonal vegetables, crispy potato) and an extra order of Kimchi .
Raclette: I’ve gotta be honest — I found out about this restaurant by randomly scrolling across this video on Facebook a year ago, and it’s been on my mind ever since. So the second we decided to spend the weekend in New York, I popped online and booked us a table. (<– Turns out it’s actually easy to book a reservation the day-of, but I had no idea. ?) The restaurant itself is a cute and cozy and dimly-lit little French cafe. And Barclay and I both ordered raclettes, which are served with a small arugula salad and baguette. And the cheese — oh, that cheese — did not disappoint. It was scraped just like in the video (well, without that swanky soundtrack), and tasted just as rich and creamy as you might imagine. And — bonus! — they actually come back about 10 minutes later for a second “scrape” as well! Ha, the first scrape actually felt like more than enough cheese for both of us. But know that they’re plenty generous if you’d like more. ? I totally recommend this for a fun, unique meal if you’re in NYC (or anytime you come across a restaurant that serves raclette)!
- We ordered the Suisse Raclette and the Mediterranée Raclette. We both totally preferred the latter, which included some perfectly-cooked asparagus. (Oh — and another bonus — their prices were much lower than I expected. Just $18 and $20 for the raclettes we ordered.)
Two Hands Restaurant & Bar: I noticed that this place looked cute on Yelp, so we ventured in for Saturday morning brunch, and ended up having the best meal! The restaurant has a hip, fun, and beautiful Aussie beach vibe. And the menu features all sorts of creative and fresh and healthy meals — we had a hard time choosing what to order! But we ended up being totally thrilled with what we ate. Such a great brunch.
- We ordered Flat Whites (because…Australia), the Brassicas Bowl (loved all of those flavors together), and the Mushroom Toast with Eggs . Everything was amazing, and beautifully plated.
Zucker’s Bagels & Smoked Fish: Finally, we couldn’t leave New York without having a bagel. This place seemed to be the popular spot in our neighborhood and — after taking a bite of our bagel sandwiches — it was easy to see why. They were totally delicious! And the restaurant was a total paradise for smoked fish lovers — soooo many delicious options to choose from. Totally recommend it.
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When it comes to architectural survivors amid Manhattan’s eternal churn of destruction and redevelopment, it is hard to top the 211-year-old, four-story brick landmark at 67 Greenwich Street in the financial district. Originally the townhouse of the merchant Robert Dickey, the decorous Federal-style dwelling was built in 1810 near the island’s southern tip, when nearby wharves bustled with trade and lower Greenwich Street was among the city’s poshest addresses.
In the two centuries since, as Lower Manhattan came to be defined not by forests of ships’ masts but by forests of skyscrapers, the house has weathered an astonishing amount of upheaval. The disruption it has survived includes a neighborhood-ravaging fire, a street-widening project that claimed its rear stable, the construction and deconstruction of elevated railways running past both its front and back doors, the digging of subway tunnels on either side of its foundation, the wholesale razing of neighboring post-Revolutionary War houses for the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and, finally, the 9/11 attacks a few blocks north.
Now the Greenwich Street and Trinity Place facades of the long-deteriorating house have been handsomely restored by its owner, Trinity Place Holdings, the real estate outfit that emerged from the 2011 bankruptcy of the Syms discount clothing chain. The entirely rebuilt interior of the Dickey House will become part of a new home for Public School 150, which will also occupy most of the bottom eight floors of a new 42-story condominium next door at 77 Greenwich Street, where a bunkerlike Syms store previously stood.
The glass tower, which was designed by FXCollaborative and will open this summer, rises from a cast-stone base and is cantilevered in steps over the historic building, its protrusions increasing from two feet at the 11th floor to ten feet at the 32nd.
The northern wall of the Dickey House, which may have retained original hand-hewn posts and beams as well as horsehair plaster, was sacrificed to the project. New concrete floor slabs run uninterrupted between the two buildings, seamlessly conjoining the lower stories of the school, which is to open in September 2022.
The city landmarks commission approved the tower’s cantilevers and the work on the house, and the New York Landmarks Conservancy will recognize the house restoration at next month’s annual Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards.
Lower Greenwich Street — planned as the road out of town toward the village of the same name — is a legacy of a young and ambitious republic. Following the shoreline of the Hudson River, the street was built on landfill in the 1790s, less than 15 years after the end of the city’s seven-year occupation by British troops in 1783. Extending uptown from the Battery — a waterfront park where society figures enjoyed promenading — lower Greenwich was soon flanked by genteel Federal-style houses that earned the name Millionaires Row for the homes near the park on the street’s western side.
The shipowner John Aspinwall Jr., a great-grandfather of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, resided at 58 Greenwich. DeWitt Clinton, the city’s mayor and later the governor of New York State, lived at No. 84. Bishop John Henry Hobart, the rector of nearby Trinity Church, called No. 46 home.
The city’s elite “populated the tip of Manhattan, erected their fine residences” and “mingled in business and social life,” the historian-preservationist Gardner Osborn wrote in 1940. Some merchants, he noted, could even “look out their windows and enjoy the thrill of seeing one of their own ships coming up the Bay laden with silks from China” or “spices and tea from the East Indies.”
Dickey, who traded in coffee and spices, was among the city’s richest men. In 1809, he began building two brick houses that came to be numbered 65 and 67 Greenwich. Behind them, separated by gardens, he added a coach house, two stables and a storehouse facing Lumber Street (now Trinity Place).
Dickey’s family lived in what is now No. 67, a broad, three-and-a-half-story house with a steeply pitched roof that may have been pierced by dormers. The Flemish-bond brick house was adorned with splayed lintels and fluted keystones on both facades, features shared by the family home of the noted diarist George Templeton Strong at 108 Greenwich.
The Federal style in America flowed from England’s Georgian tradition, with modifications that included a fondness for circular and oval rooms. Accordingly, maps and a stereographic photo show that both of Dickey’s houses were given fashionable, elliptically bowed rear facades. No. 67 is one of only two remaining Federal-style townhouses in Manhattan with a bowed facade, and the only such facade that is three bays wide.
The loss of a ship scuttled Dickey’s finances, according to the landmarks commission, and in 1821 he sold his two Greenwich Street houses. Soon after, No. 67 was acquired by the ship chandler Peter Schermerhorn, whose old Knickerbocker family had built the counting-houses at 2-18 Fulton Street in today’s South Street Seaport Historic District.
Lower Greenwich Street remained fashionable from the 1820s to the early 1840s, a period during which the Schermerhorns rented No. 67 to a parade of society figures, including William Bayard Jr., the director of the Bank of America. In 1830 the house became the French Consulate for a year.
A fire began east of lower Broadway in 1845 and spread to a Broad Street saltpeter warehouse, which exploded with a percussive force felt in Brooklyn. On lower Greenwich, the diarist Strong witnessed from his parents’ window, a half-mile to the southeast, “a broad column of intense flame that made the moon look pale and covered everything with a glow and glare that passed every effect of artificial light which I had ever witnessed.”
When the fire leapt to Broadway’s west side, Strong reported, “everybody in Greenwich and Washington Streets as far up as Rector” fled “in hot haste.” But though the blaze destroyed 300 buildings, it halted providentially 350 feet from 67 Greenwich.
By 1850, fashionable society had largely headed uptown. Most houses on Greenwich had been converted to boardinghouses, some with shops or saloons. Bank directors had been replaced as tenants by shoemakers, stevedores and coopers.
The neighborhood’s transformation was embodied by the changing use of Castle Garden, a theater at the Battery, which opened in the 1820s with high ticket prices that generally kept the riffraff out. But in 1855, Castle Garden became a teeming immigrant processing center.
Trinity Place was widened in the 1860s for an elevated railroad, slicing away 67 Greenwich’s outbuildings. And in 1871, the Times reported, police raided 18 “low basement brothels” on Greenwich, including No. 67. Men, women and girls “of the most degraded and homely description” were arrested.
No. 67 was modified the next year by the German-born architect Detlef Lienau, who had helped spark a mansard mania in the city with his 1852 French Second Empire design for the Shiff mansion on Fifth Avenue and 10th Street. His Greenwich Street alterations were less pretentious, befitting a building now classified as a tenement. He created a full fourth story by raising the roof’s pitch and extending the bowed rear facade upward. He also added a bracketed, pedimented stone hood over the front entrance.
By the 1890s, lower Greenwich was part of a burgeoning Syrian community, and in 1922 a storefront was added to No. 67’s rear facade. Businesses that have operated in the building since include a cigar shop, a coffee shop, a men’s wear shop, a mason’s business and a hardware store.
Most of the Federal-style houses on lower Greenwich were clear-cut around 1940 for the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel exit and the Battery Parking Garage. But in the same providential way that the Great Fire of 1845 stopped short of No. 67, the tunnel project’s scythe halted just south of the building.
The Syms Corporation bought the house in 2008 for $8 million. Although No. 67’s south wall along Edgar Street was completely replaced in 2013, the long-vacant structure remained “halfway between a building and a ruin,” said Dan Kaplan, senior partner of FXCollaborative. “You felt like you were in a noir movie with light streaming through.”
The fragile shell of the house was temporarily stabilized by the installation inside it of a 150-ton spider web of structural steel, which supported the east, west and south walls. The house was gutted and new floors of reinforced concrete were poured at new elevations that aligned with the adjacent tower’s bottom three stories. What had been a four-story house became three stories, with the top story of the Dickey House left open to the sky as a rooftop play area. Finally, once the new concrete floor structures and columns were in place to brace the original brick shell, the steel spider web was cut away with blow torches.
The 1922 Trinity Place storefront, which contained a derelict bar-restaurant, was removed. The east and west facades were restored to their tenement-era appearance, retaining about 80 percent of the original brickwork on Greenwich and 95 percent on Trinity Place. A third of the stone lintels on Trinity were replaced with cast stone. The damaged stone brackets and pediment at the Greenwich entrance were replicated in galvanized steel.
Some will likely applaud the adaptive reuse of the building, while others may denounce the project as an act of “facadism” that saved only two historic walls and nothing in between. But for the pedestrian, the restored streetfront of 67 Greenwich serves as the most evocative remaining touchstone of a thoroughfare once lined with elegantly restrained homes in the English Georgian tradition.
Just one block up are the only other vestiges of lower Greenwich’s glory days, a row of three badly disfigured Federal-era townhouses. No. 94 Greenwich’s side wall on Rector Street bears the scarred outline of its long-lost gambrel roof beneath its newer fourth-story addition, while its street level is a modern glass-and-steel storefront. Next door, the reclad Cafe De NoVo building retains not a scrap of visible historic fabric. And No. 96 wears a shabbily appended rooftop addition and a gaudy gold-and-mirrored entrance, appropriate attire perhaps for the longtime home of the former Pussycat Lounge strip club.
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Cheap Things to Do in New York City
My husband and I went on a really fun trip to New York City last November. We wanted to go on a vacation together before our Millie arrived (she was born in March) and originally we had planned to go somewhere with a beach, but with the Zika virus complicating things (and flights to other non-zika having islands being too expensive) we went a completely different direction. I decided that if I couldn’t sit on a beach, I wanted to eat all the things! It was so fun being in New York in the fall and I’m really glad we did this.
While New York City is famously not cheap, we were able to have a lot of fun and eat a lot of things without spending a ton of money. Our flights were free with Southwest points (holla) we got a good deal on a hotel in Queens – the Boro Hotel which we really liked. It was nice and super close to the subway, which is what really mattered to us. Then we found really inexpensive things to do in between nicer meals. It was really great. So while I would like to talk your ear off about literally everything we did, I won’t. I want to share the really budget friendly meals and activities we did in case you are looking for that kind of inspiration!
New York pizza is a must, and while I do recommend trying one or two of the ‘BEST EVER’ pizza places (Juliana’s, Di Fara) you can also get an amazing slice for .99 cents at none other than 99 CENT PIZZA – or it’s rival 2 Bros Pizza. (They can be found allll over town.) This is a really good way to subsidize food costs on your trip, and it’s really an integral part of the whole NYC experience! I also really liked Joe’s Pizza in Greenwich Village and it’s around $3 a slice!
Next, for things to do. Did you know that being in the audience for a lot of shows is FREE? You just have to put your name in for tickets a few weeks ahead of time. We were lucky enough to go to Stephen Colbert and Conan – he normally films in LA but was in NYC at the Apollo that week! Both of these tickets were free, and the shows were both amazing!
It’s not just the fun of being in the audience for a show, but these guys are comedians and are entertaining you when the cameras are off too. Don’t just take it from me, reviews on Trip Advisor give Stephen Colbert tapings five stars. Colbert did a Q&A before the show with us and my husband asked him what to name our baby. (He said Stephanie or Arwen.) We also got to see Tig Notaro, Patton Oswalt, and the highlight guest for me – Eddie Redmayne. The band was absolutely incredible, too.
At Conan, Ryan Reynolds came. You guys, Ryan REYNOLDS. Also, don’t underestimate how hilarious Conan is. Just everything about him is funny.
Another good way to spend less $ on food is not to sit down at a restaurant for each meal. Grabbing a bagel (everything) or a donut or a cookie from one of the AMAZING bakeries NYC has is the way to go sometimes. You’re spending a lot less than if you sit down at a restaurant with drinks and tipping waiters and all of that. My FAVORITE cookie in New York is the chocolate chip cookie from Levain Bakery. It’s absolutely HUGE and amazing, and it’s $4. It can replace breakfast or lunch, or just be a big snack, haha. The bakery is really close to Central Park so it’s the perfect treat to take with you on a walk.
Then, obviously walking around to explore the neighborhoods is a cheap activity! I know a lot of people like to go to the Top of the Rock or to see NYC from the Empire State Building, but both of those things are pricy. You can see amazing views of the city walking the Brooklyn Bridge (FREE) the High Line Park (FREE) and the Staten Island Ferry (FREE.) I’m sure there are more, too! But I’m just saying, you don’t have to spend money to see the beauty that is NYC.
One fun thing that I’m really glad I did was keep a list of everything we did and every place we ate while we were there. Now, even a year later, I can look at this list and remember every fun thing! I know that some people don’t place a lot of focus on food when they travel but for me, that is the main priority so I never want to forget a great meal or treat I have. I used Google Keep to make this list, because I use it for a lot of other lists too. But you can use Notes or any other list app.
I really hope you have found some good ideas here for fun things to do, and things to eat on a budget! You should also read our sister post from a few years ago ‘How to Experience NYC on a Budget’ – still relevant!
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Lost Cures: Jacques & Marsh, Druggists
In 1979 and 1980, a team of archaeologists led by Diana Wall and Nan Rothschild, excavated the Stadt Huys Block. This site was located between Pearl, Stone, and Broad Streets and Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan. Most famous for the discovery of the Lovelace Tavern, the Stadt Huys excavations demonstrated that significant archaeological remains could be uncovered in New York City.
Stadt Huys is a complex archaeological site it spans numerous city lots, and spreads downward through layers of the City’s history. Artifacts and features uncovered at Stadt Huys date from the early colonial period up to the 18 th and 19 th centuries.
The archaeology team at the City Museum is digitizing artifacts from this site in partnership with the Landmarks Preservation Commission. While cataloging Stadt Huys artifacts a group of similar bottles and fragments were covered. They are all embossed “Jacques & Marsh’s Hive Syrup New York,” and have a number of diagnostic markers indicating that they date prior to the Civil War. Below, bottles from contexts 1064, 1080, and 1121 with identical lettering.
In context 256, from another part of the excavation, a stoneware fragment (pictured to the lower right) was also uncovered with the stamp, “Jacques & Marsh Druggists No-56 Pearl-Street New York,” where Marsh and Co. operated between 1832 and 1833.
So just who are Jacques and Marsh? And what is Hive Syrup? Proprietors Jonathan B. Marsh and Moses Jacques were 19th century druggists in lower Manhattan. They occupied several different shop locations along Pearl Street. Beginning in 1832, city directories place Jacques & Marsh at 56 Pearl Street, and at 67, 69, and 71 Pearl Streets through at least 1850. The business relocated and appears to have changed names every few years. The directories also allow us to trace the various proprietors along with the location changes: Jonathan B. Marsh, Moses Jacques, William H. Jacques, and John I. Northrup.
As detailed in an earlier post here, prior to 1906, medicines and cures , including hive syrup, were widely used to treat all varieties of ailments. Often manufactured with large doses of opium, cocaine, or alcohol, these often did help put infants to sleep, wake people up, or calm nerves (as advertised) but with health costs.
Hale’s Honey of Horehound and Tar Cures Coughs, Colds, &c., ca. 1880, in the Advertising Collection. Museum of the City of New York, 40.275.239.
Hive syrup was used to treat croup, bronchial infection commonly seen in children. Soothing remedies were popular treatments, as were expectorants. More well-known hive syrups such as Cox’s or Dr. Ransom‘s have surviving recipes with ingredients such as squill extracts, senega, tincture of tolu, tartar emetic, sugar, water, and alcohol. Tartar emetic, a poisonous white salt, would cause profuse vomiting, though side effects could include hepatitis and death. Although recipes do not survive, for Jacques & Marsh’s Hive syrup, researchers may be able to test the bottles to see if residue analysis can help determine what their syrup was made of.
“Awful effects of Morison’s Vegetable Pills” C. J. Grant Published: 8 May 1831 Image Courtesy: Wellcome Library, London
Few historical references are made to Jonathan B. Marsh, Moses Jacques, and their particular blend of hive syrup. However, court records indicate that Jacques and Marsh were accused of marketing their own version of Morison’s Vegetable Pills without a licensing agreement. They lost the case, and were fined $404 in 1834, close to $11,000 in today’s dollars. In Longworth’s 1834 City Directory, they are listed as “dissolving” from their shop at 67 Pearl, only to open again at 69 Pearl Street under the name Jonathan B. Marsh and Company.
As the artifacts attest, Jacques and Marsh sold Hive Syrup under their own names, although they did not file patents for any of their merchandise. Perhaps the having to pay the $404 fine to Morison and company inspired them to begin producing their own brands of medicines.
Jacques & March Hive Syrup bottle from the Stadt Huys collection. Context 1121.