In the last couple of years I've learned to embrace traveling beyond my 10 block radius in NYC. When you live in the city, it's very easy to fall into the rut of staying within your neighborhood and going to the same places over and over again. And while there are many days when it's just more convenient to be within walking distance of the apartment, it's much more fun to check out the different neighborhoods and boroughs within NYC.
On Sunday, Anand and I decided to head down to the Lower East Side with our dog, and peruse the Hester Street Fair .
Far from home in the Lower East Side - Essex and Canal
This was only our second time checking it out (crazy!), and it was even better this time around. When we went a couple of years ago, it seemed way more crowded and crazy. I remember more food vendors the first time. This time there was more of a mix of vendors - food, clothing, jewelry, etc.
The food that was there was delicious! This is the Vietnamese brisket.
Halo-Halo from a cute Filipino Australian couple.
The vibe of the fair felt more calm than the frenzy of Smorgasburg. It truly felt like a neighborhood secret. Couples played ping pong on the table in the middle of the park, vendors took the time to chat with us and play with our dog, families casually looked over the long tables of goods with ice cream in hand.
It was the perfect way to relax and enjoy the city on a Sunday afternoon.
Oh, and Doughnut Plant is right down the block. Need I say more?