Sunday, 15 August 2010

Red Hook day.

Gowanus

After nearly a week in NYC, I was gagging for a bike day. Luckily Jenny had a bike I could borrow so I set off from where I was staying in Park Slope to an area called Red Hook, which I'd visited before and really liked. It's only a couple of miles away but it's always a bit hair-raising cycling in a different country. And you have to cross a really busy expressway and go through an industrial area to get there.

Gowanus

Gowanus

I liked how it looked, though. I had to cross the Gowanus Canal, which is apparently completely fetid; it's where mafia dudes used to dump bodies, but is now inevitably slowly becoming gentrified. Although it really is disgusting; they've just been granted Superfund status to clean it up.

Gowanus

The F train, which connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, runs on this really shonky looking elevated railway which had some kind of fabric stapled to it. And there was a playground underneath. Made me glad to have grown up playing in the rolling fields of Yorkshire.

Gowanus

Red Hook feels as though it's a million miles away from Manhattan. It's cooler as the breeze rolls in from the river and the streets are wide and airy. It's fairly industrial with lots of artists studios and little independent shops plus a huge supermarket called The Fairway. (Spent quite a lot of time browsing around in there, I love American supermarkets!)

Red Hook Pool

Red Hook

After a week of late nights and no sleep because it was SO HOT, I happily spent most of the afternoon reading in this deserted park which overlooks the Statue of Liberty. 'Til it started raining.

Red Hook

I quickly stopped to take a few more pics.

Red Hook

Red Hook

Then stopped off in Baked, purveyor of fine cakes and whoopie pies, until the rain passed.


Passing the The Red Hook Lobster Pound, I was overcome with excitement. I had already ordered a lobster roll (the only thing on the menu) when I noticed the big vats the lobsters lived in. Felt extremely guilty and remembered David Foster Wallace's genius essay Consider the Lobster which, after reading, had made me vow not to eat lobster again. Felt more guilty. But decided hearty enjoyment of the roll was the only solution. It was delicious. Sorry lobster.

Red Hook Lobster Pound

Red Hook Lobster Pound

It was getting quite late at this point and I was thinking about the cycle back past the industrial estate and over the big road. But this bar Botanica looked so cute, I just stopped for one.

Red Hook

My view from the bar. So chillaxed. I felt as though I was in an Edward Hopper painting.

Red Hook

And then back home. It all looked even prettier at dusk.

Red Hook

Gowanus

[Photo of baked by vvvanessa]

9 comments:

  1. This looks amazing, such great photos. Mind if I ask you a few questions about your USA trip? I'm looking into booking mine soon and wondered if you had any tips! :) x

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  2. Course not, ask away! Any chance I get to be a total bore about it is fine by me! xx

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  3. Gorgeous pictures, they are very Edward Hopper. I see you managed to slip cakes in there... again! xx

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  4. Ace pics Cazzanator.

    That lobster sandwich looks like heaven.

    I had my first Whoopie Pie on Friday - was a pumpkin one from Bluebird Bakery

    Unbelievable levels of naughty amazingness

    xxx

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  5. Too right CL. I am so gagging for a bit of spongey, creamy, coconutty cake at this very moment!

    And yeah KJP - I am craving another whoopie pie! They are surprisingly light. I deffo think it means they're not at all fattening. And hurray for pumpkin season! x

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  6. looks like such an amazingtrip and day! ahh you are so lucky, i have always wanted to go to new york:)
    xx
    mel

    peterbellandtinkerpan.blogspot.com

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  7. Scott Schuman always makes it look as if everyone in NY is cycling, but I guess outside of Manhattan it's a bit easier. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful days. I still fondly remember eating lobster on Cape Cod (actually, the only place I ever ate lobster).

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  8. Red Hook is the neighborhood next to my new 'hood, Carroll Gardens, and I'm pretty excited to explore! Also, mmm Red Hook Lobster Pound...their Connecticut style lobster roll changed my life.

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