Chelsea Piers and Eataly
One of my favorite local and low-cost things to do in the city is strolling around Chelsea Piers, a 28-acre waterfront complex situated between 17th and 23rd Streets, next to the Hudson River. On sunny, breezy days, it’s fun to rent a Citi Bike and check out what Manhattan has to offer. I don’t feel as rushed or claustrophobic when biking along the pier.
Inevitably, I always see hordes of dogs with their owners. Chelsea Piers is also great for people-watching. I like to sit on one of the benches facing the river and read my Kindle while keeping an eye out for helicopter landings, sailboats meandering by, and folks from different walks of life.
Among the usual suspects: Tourists, girls playing with hula hoops, young adults running or jogging, Kindergartners in matching bright-colored T-shirts playing tag (and accidentally bopping their playmates on the head hard enough to make them cry…whoops).
Uh-oh. Someone lost their bib.
Sometimes you’ll get a gorgeous sun-dappled river.
Other times, the water runs muddier (I don’t advise jumping into that).
If you get hungry, I suggest ‘wichcraft for a healthy and savory sandwich. My favorite sammich so far is the heritage smoked ham (poached pears, dijon mustard and aged cheddar on grilled cranberry pecan bread). For a lighter snack, go for the cream’wich or frozen yogurt.
From Chelsea Piers, you can walk east towards Sixth Avenue and reach Eataly.
You might pass by the SVA Theatre, which is affiliated with the School of Visual Arts and celebrated by designer Milton Glaser.
Or a truck advertising Tropicana’s new orange juice campaign (“NYOJ”).
I think it’s a Bulldog!
Eataly is a high-end Italian food market that houses an assortment of restaurants, bakery and foodstuffs. You can usually find food samples to taste as well. Eataly is co-owned by chefs Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich, and Lydia’s son Joe Bastianich.
I was mesmerized by the intricate soap packaging.
“Please do not touch the cheese!” No further explanation necessary.
Yo-Goat Cultured Goat Milk is a drinkable yogurt made of cultured pasteurized goat’s milk and a flavor, such as blackberry or mango peach.
I found these Mandarinello, or “delicious dark chocolates with mandarinello liqueur filling.” I take it that’s an orange sort of flavor. On this occasion, I took home a 32-oz. bottle of Natalie’s Honey Tangerine Juice (not pictured). The juice was so tangy and refreshing! Perhaps I was partially influenced by all the orange-related subliminal messages I’d seen earlier…
Choose a balmy day and hit up Chelsea Piers for some exercise, meditation and people-watching! It’s an oasis from the usual skyscrapers and office buildings found elsewhere in the city.