This post is first in a series of two, recommending where to go and what to do in Alphabet city. The second can be found here.
Snack: Fresh doughnuts at Back Forty
So Farm-to-Table restaurant Back Forty has a whole menu, and it’s supposed to be great, but it’s not too cheap and I haven’t gotten around to eating there. However, I did walk in weary one day, took a seat at the bar, scraped my pockets for change in doughnut desperation, and sunk my teeth into a freshly fried doughnut for only $2. It’s one of the best purchases I have ever made directly from my measly piggy bank.
Hang Out: Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space
Pick up a zine on Anarchist Basics, a book on Guerilla Gardening, or another book called “You don’t have to fuck people over the survive” at this community center focused on grassroots organizing, supporting squatters, public gardening, and New York City’s population reclaiming its neighborhoods. Honestly: the museum isn’t much—it’s tiny, mostly in a basement, and has some cool tidbits but not a ton of information, I’m actually hesitant to call it a museum—but its employees are kind and knowledgeable. If you’re into zines, punk and/or DIY culture, street art, or making the city more beautiful through gardens and art—the people at this museum are lovely to talk to. They do tours of gardens and squats on Sundays for $20, but if you chat with them for a while they’ll tell you where to go.
Energize: B Cup Café
First off, if I ignore the name of this coffee shop—not offensive, more like inexcusably terrible—it’s a great place to kick around and exploit their free wifi. With a little bit of something for everyone—coffee, espresso beverages, baked goods (even gluten free), sandwiches, wraps, and salads—this is a great place to bring a group of friends with varying levels of hunger or dietary restrictions. There are even some roughed-up couches and cozy corners in the back.