I do not know why

when

we think of 

going out for

pizza

we debate 

any other place

the salads, pizza, focaccia

and 

the service are always 

close to perfect

at

Front Street Trattoria 

Red Bank NJ

and 

Michael and Valerie

have created a lovely

warm spot

we like them

the staff and the ambiance

they have been in business

for

thirty years

I wish I could find the picture 

of

me having lunch there

thirty years ago

I was sitting 

at the corner table

above

the floor was 

black and white 

linoleum tiles

but the 

daily lunch specials

in my mind 

are

almost a free meal

salad

and

small pie

Arugula and Goat Cheese

Balsamic Tomato, 

yellow and Green Squash, Fresh Corn

Golden Sesame Crust

or

a focaccia

Fresh Roasted Turkey & Avocado

with

Romaine, Balsamic

It dates back to 1979

and 

is well maintained 

and 

stunning

it is located

on 4th Street near 

Avenue C/Loisaida Avenue

It is one of the oldest

in the neighborhood

http://www.grownyc.org/openspace/gardens/man/parque

Lovely walkways

and

vibrant plantings

I find this a very friendly

inviting garden.

Begun in 1989,

and 

like most gardens

in the neighborhood,

it was an abandon lot

and 

a drug den

Today, due volunteers

it serves as a community center

for all age groups,

especially children

It's like a day care center 

in many ways.

All peoples Garden 

begun in 1978

by Olean Fox

a neighborhood resident

and 

VISTA volunteer

it like other gardens

was a vacant lot

and 

a drug den

due to 

the garden movement

in the 

neighborhood

drug trafficking

is down

http://www.allpeoplesgarden.org/About-Us.html

The garden

now serves hundreds of people 

each year

of 

all ages and races.

What is a boy to do?

I had spent the last few hours

exploring

Loisaida/Alphabet City

on a 

warm July day

I visited

six or eight

community gardens

three are just fascinating

I had walked 

twenty or so short  blocks

I am hot 

and 

in need of hydration

I walk into 

DBGB

at the corner of

Bowery and Houston

next to the

Liz Christy

Community Garden

the general manager 

of 

DBGB

greets me name

my favorite bartender 

friend

hands me a club soda no ice

and

pours my  

favori

This seems to be my 

go to spot

in

Loisaida/Alphabet City/The East Village

NYC

http://www.flinderslane-nyc.com/

The staff is attentive, 

not overly

but

friendly 

and 

professional

Smashed Avocado on Toast

Poached Eggs, Rocket, 

Oven Roast Tomato, 

Dukkah 

(an Egyptian spice)

I ordered mine

with

in house

Smoked Tasmanian Sea Trout

just lovely

more than I could 

enjoy

fresh lemons 

for 

craft cocktails



cozy

corner

cocktails
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