NYC: Brooklyn Flea, Pancakes & The High Line

We started off our last Sunday in NYC with a trip to the Brooklyn Flea Market, a huge market that takes place every weekend and is ranked one of the best in the U.S. During the winter it moves inside and at the time of our visit it was in the old Williamsburgh Savings Bank - a very beautiful building (see below) - in Fort Greene, however it has since moved to 80 North 5th St. in Williamsburg. There were so many wonderful stalls full of all sorts of interesting things, and lots of delicious looking food! Sadly we left empty-handed this time but we'll certainly be visiting again next time we go!
After the market we headed over to Manhattan and to the West Village for brunch. We stumbled upon a great little diner called La Bonbonniere, which was tiny! And due to it's petite size we had to wait a while for a table but it was worth it - the food was delicious! We both opted for pancakes with bacon & maple syrup, and Andrew had a bagel on the side (boy loves bagels). This was all washed down with that beautiful American idea of bottomless coffee...mmm...
With our bellies full we made tracks (no pun intended) for the High Line - a linear park built on a disused 1.45 mile section of the West Side Line of the NYC Railroad. The High Line begins on Gransevoort Street in the Meatpacking District and ends on West 34th Street. The construction of the park began in 2006 & is set to be completely finished in 2015. However the third & final phase is actually opening today - hurrah!
From 1934 to 1980 the High Line was a freight rail line that connected directly to factories & warehouses, allowing cargo to be loaded & unloaded inside the buildings. In 1999, at a time when the historic structure was under threat of demolition, a group called Friends of the High Line was founded by local residents who fought to save it.
There are a number of public art projects on the High Line that are commissioned by High Line Art. These artworks are always changing. They are displayed on billboards, projected on walls and appear as sculptures both big & small. Walking along the High Line really is a beautiful experience - seeing the city from a different angle, enjoying being outdoors away from the crazy of the rest of the city, surrounded by incredible works of art; it is it's own kind of heaven.
After the High Line we spent a lazy afternoon window shopping (but you don't need to see that) before grabbing some dinner & returning to the Rockefeller Plaza to get some Magnolia Bakery cupcakes. We were so full after pizza that we ended up eating them for breakfast instead - mmm cake for breakfast...

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More posts from our time in NYC:

NYC: Brooklyn Bridge, the Staten Island Ferry & Wall Street

NYC: Central Park, The Guggenheim & Times Square

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