Saturday, April 7, 2007

Signs Of Life

Yes, Virginia, there is life in the outer boroughs of New York City...

When I was growing up in Queens, I couldn't wait for the day when I could move into Manhattan, otherwise known as "the city". Manhattan was the center of it all. The city contained all the fast-moving, frenetic pace of art & commerce, culture and all things hip & chic. It still does, but slowly & surely as Manhattan becomes increasingly expensive- hipsterdom has spread across bridges to areas like Williamsburg & DUMBO in Brooklyn where real estate prices per square foot are almost on par with Manhattan pricing. However, Queens still remains the red-headed step-child...but one weekend not long ago, Fcat and I decided to venture across the 59th Street bridge aka The Queensboro Bridge ...

Here is an urban dog run on the Manhattan-side along the East River:
Alongside the bridge,a door that leads where?

Here's Roosevelt Island and it's tram, where many people commute daily high above the river into Manhattan. If you are clausterphobic & afraid of heights, the tram would not be for you. A few months ago, two trams filled with people were stuck for seven hours over the river...
We arrive in Long Island City on the Queens side. As we walk along the once industrial landscape, we realize that it is becoming quite a cool little neighborhood- with a boom of new construction & condos, a lovely waterfront park with gorgeous views of Manhattan, landmarked streets of historic row houses and nearby P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center an affiliate of The Museum Of Modern Art. This area of Long Island City, Hunter's Point is one subway stop away from Manhattan and that fact brings luxury condos with doormen and all the amenities.

We happened upon a great little teahouse/coffeeshop, Communitea- filled with people hanging out with their laptops, reading, enjoying lunch with their friends...




Here's the big clincher on why I see Long Island City as a candidate for hipsterdom...Communitea had soymilk and offered two vegan food options- yummy tofu dogs and a delicious hummus sandwich. They also offered soymilk & vegan cookies, which were not available that day- I like to think that it was because there are so many vegans in the neighborhood that they were all sold out.

Fcat & I enjoyed our foray into Long Island City, Queens. On the way home, we picked up some groceries and ran into our neighbors and Booboo had a chance playdate of sorts...The three big dogs, Olivia, Diablo & Scout were very interested in groceries as Booboo came out to greet us.
Scout & Booboo:

Booboo has always tolerated the dogs, but has never fully come out to meet them before and the few times she has come out, she stands behind me. This nose-to-nose meeting of Booboo & her three neighbors is a first. Her tail is up which I think means that she is happy to see them!

Ah yes, the party's over and Booboo is back in the apartment.

Have a great weekend!

9 comments:

springsandwells said...

oh oh oh!!!
I LOVE the pictures of BooBoo and the dogs. Man that's sweet!

The veggie hot dog looks good too.
:) yum.

Urban Vegan said...

Thanks for the LIC 101. I've hear much about it, but have never been there.

Those pictures of BooBoo and the doggies are hilarious.

bazu said...

Oh, LIC is close to my heart- that's my old 'hood in the city! I love Queens and Brooklyn so much. Here's a link to one of my old blog posts about LIC: click here
Memories... sigh... communitea is a great place. There's also a good coffee shop on Vernon blvd: Brasil Coffee shop (great coffee, not too many vegan snack options though. =(

And I love the Booboo/dogs photos- she is SO brave and cute! My cats would have run for dear life! They don't even like other cats, let alone dogs. Darn. I'd love to have a puppy...

Thanks for the great post and LIC memories!

anony-mouse said...

Long Island City looks pretty cute, I must say. We should definitely try out Communitea!

I heart those Boo/dogs pics with the fire of a thousand suns. :D

KleoPatra said...

I LOVE THE PHOTOS OF BooBoo with the neighbor doggies! You have no idea how cool that is to see.

I have only been to New York once, with my family, mostly to Crown Heights (but got to see some of the rest of the city) when i was 16 & newly vegetarian, for my middle sister's wedding, and really enjoyed it. Methinks after seeing your photo journey there, i need a return visit all these years later and will check out Long Island for sure!

The veg hot dog is yummy looking!

laura jesser said...

Just catching up on your blog here. I love reading your posts--you offer such intriguing topics and photos, with amazing vegan food sprinkled in so nicely. Communitea sounds like a sort of paradise that I would love to stumble into someday... And I love the documentation of BooBoo and the dog antics!

Vicki said...

I really enjoyed reading this post! Great photos & tour of Long Island - I want to visit. Brave kitty!

scottishvegan said...

I love the photos of BooBoo and the dogs! Adorable!!

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