The best thing about living in NYC is how people come to visit, and then a person gets to discover all kinds of new things about the city and take advantage of it in all kinds of ways she’s not in the habit of doing. Like for instance, couple weeks ago Arcadia came to visit! Here’s a round-up of all the places we went and things we did:
The first afternoon she was here (after a night flight and making her way to my house on the subway) we took a long walk all over relatively uncharted territory on the lower eastside: from 7 Washington Square North we headed down (south) Thompson and left (east) on Prince, and discovered McNally Jackson Bookstore between Lafayette and Mulberry; then we kept going east, all the way to Norwich Street to walk by the Angel Orensanz Foundation (a storied building where I’d recently attended a program on the Library of Dust); then we turned north and discovered Pinisi Bakery on 4th street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, where we bought cupcakes for dinner (for dessert for dinner, that is!); then we tacked back south to Houston to the new Whole Foods there for more provisions; then we headed north again to search for a certain chocolate shop one of Arcadia’s bosses had heard of–one that sold gold-leaf covered chocolate buddhas! We knew the shop was called Bond Street Chocolate, so we searched Bond Street (only a few blocks long) diligently from one end to the other, getting drawn, in the process, into the fun John Derian shop, where the shopkeeper told us that Bond Street Chocolate is on 4th Street, luckily only a few blocks away! After visiting there and acquiring one of the aforementioned chocolate buddhas (and a few other chocolates!) for Arcadia’s boss, that was enough exploring for one day! Arcadia went out to see one of her Bard friends in the evening while I got ready for class.