I have an exciting announcement to make. I will be writing my first book about NYC, specifically about great dates and fun things to do in NYC.
We will be posting one to two dates every week, so stay tuned!
Here’s our first one:
Brunch at Antique Garage, followed by gallery hopping in Soho
This is a great downtown date. Antique Garage has a warm, cozy atmosphere, live jazz and an excellent Mediterranean/Turkish menu (the Turkish Meatballs are amazing!). Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm and live jazz can be heard between 1pm and 4pm (there is no cover charge for the music). The restaurant is located in the trendy neighborhood of SoHo.
Following your awesome brunch, do a little SoHo gallery hopping (one of the best free things to do in New York). Below you’ll see a walking tourroute that you can follow to get you started. Of course, feel free to allow yourself some of your own diversions as you will no doubt spot a gallery or cool little boutique or store that catches your eye. Here is a short list of 5 noteworthy galleries to check out.
Animazing Gallery (54 Greene St), has a unique collection of original and limited edition animation and illustration artwork
Morrison Hotel Gallery (124 Prince St), features great photography of legendary musicians over the past half-century
Opera Gallery (115 Spring St), a high-end gallery with museum-quality modern and contemporary art from around the world
Moss (150 Greene St), furniture as well as decorative/functional items with an artistic mindset are displayed here and available at this unique gallery/store
Pop International Galleries (473 West Broadway), an exciting art gallery specializing in Pop Art, Urban Art and art and photography that is influenced by popular culture
Suggested gallery walking tour route (once again, be sure to allow for some spontaneity in your journey – great dates always involve a little bit of adventure, surprise and spontaneity):
Head left when leaving the restaurant and make your first left ontoBroome Street. Go to the next block and make a left onto Greene Street. Animazing Gallery will be on your left (54 Greene St).
Make a right out of the gallery back to Broome Street and turn left on Broome. Walk 2 blocks to West Broadway and turn right onto West Broadway. Walk just short of 3 blocks to come to Pop International Galleries. It’ll be on your right (473 West Broadway) between Prince and Houston Streets.
Make a left out of the gallery and walk 1 block down to Prince Street. Turn left on Prince Street and stay on the right hand side of the street. Walk 1 block to Wooster Street. Just a little past Wooster Street on Prince Street is Morrison Hotel Gallery on your right (124 Prince St).
Make a right out of the gallery and walk 1 block to Greene Street. Turn left on Greene Street and stay on the right hand side of the street. About half way up the block will be Moss on your right (150 Greene St).
Make a left out of the gallery and walk a block and a half to Spring Street (the block after Prince). Turn left on Spring Street and Opera Gallery will be on your left (115 Spring St).
* For a little sweet love snack head left out of the gallery past Mercer Street and just before you get to Broadway you’ll see Baked By Melissa on your left. They make tiny little cupcake perfections that you can enjoy by the dozen. So load up on some sugar and get that heart pumpin’!
Some interesting notes:
SoHo stands for south of Houston Street. It started off as an industrial manufacturing and warehouse district in the 19th century when city life was concentrated more downtown and neighborhoods further uptown were not quite as settled as they are today. It eventually became abandoned in the early to mid 20th century as the population of Manhattan started moving further uptown to the newer areas (Manhattan grew from south to north; from downtown to uptown). Artists started moving into the abandoned warehouses in the mid 1900’s and loft-style city living began. But it was cheap, gritty and undesirable. With the abundance of artists came galleries and cafes to cater to their lifestyle. Eventually the neighborhood attracted the attention of the real estate industry who became interested in putting this area on the map as New York City’s next hot neighborhood. The acronym SoHo was coined, and the many manufacturing and warehouse buildings were converted into expensive loft apartments. Eventually people started moving in and boutiques and restaurants sprouted up all over the place to cater to this new crowd. Today, SoHo is one of the best places to shop in New York. Many galleries still thrive here but these are not the galleries of the struggling artists of 50 years ago. Nonetheless, gallery-hopping in SoHo is a favorite thing to do for many New Yorkers and visitors and it’s absolutely free!