Monday, September 10, 2012

Hudson River side of the city

On a beautiful clear morning yesterday following a night of wicked weather that cancelled our plans for the US Open (movie and pizza at home instead), we ventured down to the Standard in the Meatpacking district for brunch and then a long walk up the Hudson River Greenway

The Standard is a hotel on stilts built by Ennead Architects over the High Line with a restaurant and beer garden nestled underneath. This is a happening spot in a happening neighborhood! Tons of bars and restaurants, a few residential buildings, still actual meatpacking going on and lots of great people watching.

The Standard Grill is more French in style, lots of plants, huge windows, vintage fixtures, glass doors and tiled floors, while the hotel you would swear was built in the late 50's or 60's.

Oysters, lobsters and crabs... every restaurant in NY seems to feature oysters. Fennel fronds in the tall vase.

Cute table setting.

Tomato gratin was delish, crunchy sourdough on bottom, poached egg, broiled tomato topped with melted gruyere.

The beer garden.

 Outside was Van Leeuwen's  popular ice cream truck. Then we strolled around Meatpacking.

Missoni David sculpture and Yayoi Kusama wrapped building in background, same artist whose show we saw at the Whitney.

The most appealing part of Meatpacking is the abundance of cobblestoned street space that was given to outdoor seating with bistro chairs, tables and umbrellas everywhere. They are not assigned to restaurants, just places to take a break in the shade and perfect for take out meals.  Since we have walked the High Line on several other visits, we headed to the Hudson River Greenway instead, the 11 mile path from the Battery to the George Washington Bridge. We checked out the boats at Chelsea Piers. My flight home was in a few hours so we decided we will take a cruise around the island via sailboat, with the  Classic Harbor Line next summer.

 A fun place for summer cocktails and a bite to eat is The Frying Pan, an old barge with attached boats that was brought up from the bottom of Chesapeake Bay, refurbished and sailed to NYC.

Entrance to The Frying Pan. We also want to kayak the Hudson on a calm day next summer. 

Kayak center is next to The Frying Pan.

People were also paddle boarding but possibly falling into the Hudson River? No way.

New York this summer is over but more to come next year! I love visiting our daughter who is living an exciting life in the city. View from the cab on the way to LaGuardia over the Queen's Borough Bridge.

stylish serendipity iphone photos


  1. Thank you for the wonderful tour of NYC Cindy, I've loved following along and remembering some of the same places we've visited. Your photography is inspiring, too!

  2. The meatpacking district looks like a hive of activity Cindy. From memory the Standard reminds me a little of the museum of art in Sao Paolo.


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