February 24th, 2005

It’s not Mr. Roger’s neighborhood…

but we love it anyway. We thought it would be fun to post some photos of our day-to-day surroundings, our “stomping grounds” so to speak. When we first moved to NYC, we were pretty intimidated. Even coming from Boston, we were little prepared for how big and fast-paced the city really is. It took us a good week upon first moving to get up the nerve to venture across the street and pick up a shower curtain at the hardware store. Having lived here for awhile, however, what surprises me most is how “small town” the city can feel at times. Each little neighborhood has its own style. And because big corporations (like KMart and Walmart, etc) have nowhere to build in Manhattan, a lot of businesses are still locally and privately run. So we have a neighborhood bakery, a guy who sells fruit on the corner in the summer, the local used-book vendors who line the sidewalks, the people who play chess outside of store fronts. It’s probably cliche to say “I heart NY” but man, I really really do.

image
Here’s the subway terminal near Columbia at 116th Street. The 1/9 train is our lifeline to all things on the West side of the city. It gets Andy halfway to work every morning.

image
This is St. John the Divine Cathedral at the East end of our block. It looks gorgeous when the sky is blue and the sun hits it right. We once made the mistake of taking Andy’s grandparents to mass there, having never been to it ourselves. The ceremony was like grim death itself (it’s an episcopal church and very solemn), and the sermon was, ironically, given by a *very* liberal pastor who HATED the pentagon. I personally found the sermon quite inspiring, but Andy’s somewhat conservative grandparents started to develop eye twitches halfway through. Needless to say, we haven’t been back. But it’s sure pretty to look at.

image
Random fire hydrant. You should have seen the dog.

image
The hardware store across the street that we were once afraid to enter. Photo taken from our apartment window.

image
Does this place even need a caption? Also taken from the apartment.

image
The cutest little tea shop near our neighborhood. Andy will go there with me because it’s right across the street from “Harry’s San Francisco Mission Style Burritos.”

That’s all for now. I hope everyone has a happy Friday! We love reading your comments and thank you for checking in on us!

Posted by: Sarah on February 24th, 2005
[7] comments


© Copyright 2005 www.lightfantastik.com