|Setting up for the ePrix (Photo: Howard Post)
Or do drive… Whadda I know, I just live here (Photo: Howard Post)
Ever Wonder what the inside of a TecPro barrier looked like? (Photo: Matt Ragsdale)
No, not kidding… Look at a subway map
and you’ll get it.
|Yeah, you’re gonna want to download the map from NYC MTA. And while you’re there check out the myriad service changes listed on the Weekender
Did someone say Paris-Roubaix? (Photo: Howard Post)
Lastly, yes, you can ask a New Yorker for directions on the subway. Generally, they will want to help you get where you are going so you stop slowing them down. Good Luck and see you there!!
Outside the Paddock
|Through the fence (Photo: Howard Post)
what you always see on the telly. That’s right, if you’re being polite, it’s a warehouse district that
remains an active working waterfront and commercial area. As a result, it might seem
intimidating to wander loose, yet the fact of the matter is, within steps from the circuit are some
amazing places and if you’re here for both days, no doubt you’ll be looking for something to do
within walking distance because you didn’t drive (see part 1 if you weren’t clear on this).
Fortunately for you, dear reader, I have been shopping in this nabe for 12 years and am prepared
to give up a few of its secrets to you.
|Breakfast at Tiffany's, no, sorry Fairways (Photo: Matt Ragsdale)
hit the circuit, about a 5 minute walk for your average New Yorker.
|Brooklyn Crab (Photo: Howard Post)
pancakes at Fairways across the street, but who cares, the serve booze too! If you are really looking to be active, there once was putt putt on the ground floor but caveat emptor on that one.
Finer things. Cacao Prieto is the place you should go if you happen to hanker after high end, exquisite chocolates. Owned by the family that produces most of the cacao from the Dominican Republic, run by a chocolatier from Paris, in addition to tasty delicacies they also offer factory
tours as all their products are produced on site.
On the other hand, if you’re after something of a boozier nature, Widow Jane distillery is right next door and offers tours as well. In fact, they are sister operations so a tour of one will get you through both operations. Tours aren’t free and can
be booked in advance at widowjane.com/tours/ though they do include a tasting. If you’re interested, that is.
|Red Hook Winery (Photo: Howard Post)
Vino Veritas. For those of you who prefer you’re grapes fermented, the Red Hook Winery has a tasting room that’s second to none for it’s view. Beautiful wines and a strong point of view adequately express the various offerings on hand. Abe Schoener makes interesting wines and if you can find the time to wander over, it’s decidedly worth it. www.redhookwinery.com
|Steve's (Photo: Howard Post)
Sweet Tooth. Check out Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie on the the way to the winery if you like for an exceptionally tart and delicious treat. Go on, your waistline says no but your tastebudsbeg to differ.
Slightly further away. Sixpoint Brewery is next up on the list, and their variety of
craft beers (I am partial to the Sweet Action, if you’re asking, but find it on tap if you can) makes
their lack of a public space all the more tragic. Don’t despair, though, as they are set to be open
by 2018 with a proper tap house. Van Brunt Stillhouse is raring to go, however, and they offer a
fully functional tasting room and a variety of highly distilled and delicious delights.
|(Photo: Matt Ragsdale)
And if you’re looking for a late night, then check out the tasting room at Other Half brewing.
Located just 2 blocks from the Smith/9th street subway that’s closest to the circuit and
conveniently near where the shuttle bus will drop you off, Other Half is one of the finest craft
brewers in the city right now. Bonus, show up early Saturday AM if it’s a release day (check the
calendar on the website before foregoing sleep, natch) and grab some cans for the hotel room!!
Protip: Pick the smallest size glasses or you will be very, VERY sorry.
Enjoy the ePrix and should you feel the need to ask an actual NY’er, hit me up Twitter