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Farmers Market Coming to Ave. D

Gentrification at Work?

Construction of the new home for the Lower Eastside Girls Club on Avenue D begins next week & it seems like we’ll be getting a Farmers Market, Café & more;

We are expanding our successful entrepreneurial social venture businesses, The Sweet Things Baking Company and Community Café, with the construction of a Culinary Education Center and commercial kitchen. These programs offer job training and opportunities for teenage girls and neighborhood women. The kitchen will also serve as a classroom for nutrition education and meet in-house food service needs. A courtyard filled with flowers, an outdoor fountain designed by artist Kiki Smith, and café tables will provide a unique oasis for dining and quiet events.

Our public market space will be a home for our Farmers Market Center, simultaneously supporting New York State farmers and our community’s health.

By the look of the plans, this is a pretty cool addition to the ‘hood & could offer some interesting shopping options, not to mention a great education/vocational opportunity for girls & women in the area.

Full coverage at EVGrieve

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Paradiso

After spending a lot of time going to 9th Street Espresso for my daily coffee, I’ve decided that Paradiso (105 Avenue B at 7th Street) is a much better option.  Open since Feb. 2009 it’s a small space (formerly Bang-On) with a few seats & tables, but it is generally never crowded & offers free Wi-Fi.  The husband & wife team there are quite possibly the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
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De Robertis Pasticceria

I had a chance to stop by De Robertis Pasticceria (176 1st Avenue @ 11th Street), a neighborhood staple since 1904, to pick up some dessert for a family dinner.  I’ve passed by this place, with it’s bright signage, hundreds of times but never gone in.

The place has an old school feel & is literally filled to the brim with every sweet imaginable.

There are displays on both sides & seating in the back so you can have some coffee & sample the delights that they have to offer.  I was really impressed by a cake featuring Mets & Yankees caps (which I initially thought were real) on top.  The girl that helped me was nice, but I did get the impression that I was interrupting her burrito dinner.  She did, however, add strawberries to my cake gratis.

I ended up getting the Chocolate Mousse cake which was slightly on the sweet side, but still very good.

I’m still amazed that it has taken me so long to come here & I will be going back!


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Doma Cafe & Gallery

This is way out of my normal stomping grounds, but I stopped by Doma (17 Perry St @7th Avenue) to meet up with some friends.  It bills itself as a ‘Cafe & Gallery’ & although there was art on the walls, I really couldn’t have cared less.  The place was pretty packed for a Monday at 3pm, but we managed to snag a small table by the front door.  Not very comfortable at all & I was being bumped by customers as they entered, but it was our only option.

I started with a plain coffee with milk which was good, but nothing to write home about.  There was a rather large selection of cakes & other pastries at the bar/register in the back.  A friend ordered a salad with grilled endives, Gorgonzola, beets, string beans & walnuts.  It looked very good, but I didn’t get a chance to try it.  She seemed to enjoy it very much (if her empty plate was anything to go by).

I decided to check out the menu, & the Bluefish Pate caught my eye.  It was really more of a mousse, but still very tasty.  It was served with a baguette which I found to be way too crunchy, but I ended up eating (& enjoying) all of my fish.  It also came with carrots & cucumbers.

I found the place to be a bit on the busy side (as I mentioned before), but I did like the cell phone ban & the staff were friendly enough.  It was generally pretty quiet & seems like a good place to read a book or get some typing/writing done.
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Mini Bar

Looking for a cup of Joe & wanting to try somewhere new, I headed to Mini Bar (131 East 7th Street @Avenue A) with a friend.  There have been quite a few stores in that particular spot, but I had really never noticed Mini Bar.  First off, the interior is awesome!  Lots of exposed wood, etc. you can tell that they took care in designing the place.

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