Monday, April 8, 2013

Smorgasburg - Opening day April 6, 2013

The new venue on 7th street at the East River State Park, just one block north of the old one, is longer and narrower. There are more vendors, so there is much more to tempt you, but it makes the space into a long narrow alley prone to congestion, and confusion as to whether lines are forming for particular vendors, or if people are just milling around, or trying to make it through to the other side.  Also it means that the seating  is concentrated on one end of the market, instead of forming a square in the middle.  

Possibly it was more crowded because it was opening day, but it doesn’t bode well for traffic flow through the market during the busy summer season, and will definitely make the experience less pleasant.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother’s Day Replica Tour

If you’re visiting with us on a Saturday between April and October, chances are we’re going to subject you to the “Mother’s Day Replica Tour”.

As an early Mother’s Day gift, Talisa treated us to a nice walk from her apartment to the East River Ferry for a short, but beautifully scenic, ride to Smorgasburg where we sampled all kinds of delicious food and enjoyed a relaxing day in the sun. On our walk back, we stopped by at the local WORD bookstore where Talisa bought “The Lifespan of a Fact” by John D’Agata (looking forward to reading it next). Ended a perfect day with dinner at our place and hanging out till 1:30 AM. Nice that we could spend mother’s day with at least one of our kids :)

One of many murals on the same street.

Picked up the ferry from here. Forgot to ask the fishermen on the pier if they caught anything.

So many food vendors to choose from - even though we shared everything, we only had room for brisket sandwich, fresh oysters, fried mozzarella corn dog, fresh mozzarella with garlic, herbs, and spices, lamb burger, and passion fruit chocolate nib doughnut.

How can you not sign up for the tour now?