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Monday, December 5, 2011

On Orchard Street and Laying Over in New York

Orchard Street, LES
Photo by myself at Orchard and Rivington Streets, on the Lower East Side.

As usual, Orchard Street was shut off from car traffic for the weekend. Stores left racks of merchandise out front for people to browse through.

One of the store people who posed for me reflected on 'the good old days'. He said that it used to be that you couldn't walk down the street because of all the people wandering around.

There were only a few people looking around, Sunday afternoon. Most people who we saw were having brunch nearby.

Orchard Street, LES

Orchard Street, LES
One salesman mugged for the camera.

By the way, if you have a chance, do try to catch Anthony Bourdain's new series called 'The Layover'. Bourdain travels to various cities and suggests hotels, restaurants and bars to visit if you're ever stuck there for a short time.

New York is featured this first season. The show is chock full of Bourdain's usual over-the-top, tell-it-like-it-is descriptions, and includes snippets of travel advice from New Yorkers on the street.

Mark and I haven't been to most of the restaurants featured, so now we have a little list of places to try out. The food featured looks delicious but won't send you to the poorhouse. Be sure you watch the show on a full stomach or with some Doritos on hand!

For video clips from the show, just click here.

Related posts: Making Off with the Lower East Side, Old New York, on the Lower East Side, and Signs of Old Times, on the Lower East Side.


biebkriebels said...

Where are the people? Is it because of the crisis they don't come to browse or is everybody saturated with shopping.

liisamarja said...

thanks for the bourdain tip! we get his shows usually pretty soon after they've aired in the US, looking forward for the nyc episode.
ps. i see the diet did't last for too long, glad!

RedPat said...

Too bad those streets weren't crowded after all the effort to take stuff outside!

Kitty said...

Hi Bieb,
The salesguy said it was because of the crisis. It's too bad.
I think also it's not a super tourist-oriented area as other places uptown.

Hi Liisamarja,
Ha...diet, schmiet...!

That's cool you get Bourdain's shows, which are great. If you can, do catch the one on Rome. Makes you want to get on a plane tomorrow!

Hi RedPat,
I know. I felt bad for all the stores and salespeople. At least I am helping in their public relations.