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Home-Made NYC Guide

Thanks to a great recommendation, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time lately reading City Secrets: New York City. It’s a great guidebook filled with recommendations of things to do that may be a bit off the beaten path. It’s written by artists, architects, writers, actors, etc. and each entry includes a bit of the person’s style and personal reasons for including the location.

I thought it might be fun to do something similar with friends (and blog readers) of mine. Think of it as a small guidebook with a personal touch. I’ll collect everyone’s entry and then compile them all into a free PDF which I’ll give away. Write as much as you’d like for as many places as you’d like.

If you’re interested, just leave your entry in the comments or drop it in an email.

Here’s my first entry:

Chelsea Market: This former Nabisco factory now houses some of the best eats in New York City. As soon as you walk in you’re hit with the intoxicating aroma of fresh baked cookies and brownies. It’s hard to resist stopping, especially with all the free samples.

Personally I like to start my day with a cup of coffee and a piece of whole wheat Irish sodabread from Amy’s Bread. As good as both are, part of my reason for stopping there is the friendly staff (not a strong suit of some of the Market’s other vendors). For lunch, try a lunch box from the Cleaver Company. $10 gets you a meat and two sides of fresh, organic food, it’s different every day so it’s always worth checking to see what they’ve got (I’m a big fan of the calamari, black bean salad and cole slaw). If you’re looking for something a little more hearty, try a sandwich from Bowery, they’re huge and cheap. I recommend the Chicken Pesto or the Jalapeno Chicken (which includes Guacamole). If nothing else just come, hang out and grab some free wi-fi while the sounds of the industrial waterfall plays in the background.

That’s just mine. Write yours in whatever style you’d like. Have fun with it.

If you know anyone else who might be interested, please send this link along. The more the merrier. I’m going to shoot to have everything in in two weeks, which, if my calculations are correct, is June 21.

June 7, 2006