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You can sample chocolate tapioca milk, just like this adorable little girl is doing, in Chinese and Korean bakeries and cafes in Flushing.
OK, I admit it: This is a photo of
my daughter when she was much
younger and came along on my
Noshwalks go to the neighborhoods that have been covered in Noshnews; new walks are added as new issues of Noshnews are completed. The reason for this is simple: We think it’s essential to really know the territory we’re showing you. Each issue is the result of many visits, personal contacts and thorough research, so we know what we’re doing!
The neighborhoods we visit have a lively local culture and a critical mass of shops and places to eat. Most have other sights of interest, too, including parks or community gardens, museums, interesting architecture and historic landmarks. In every case, the walking experience explores more than food, because without a sense of context it’s often difficult to understand how or why certain traditions and communities have taken root in a particular location.
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The pace is leisurely and social. Participants have the opportunity not only to nosh and shop en route but also to learn about neighborhood history, architecture, immigration patterns and local culture. In some cases lunch is scheduled at the end of the tour; in others, the tasting en route is more than sufficient to equal a meal! We also allocate shopping time at some of the more unique markets.
We generally stay in the core commercial areas of the neighborhoods we’re visiting unless we want to point out a particularly unique landmark that enhances the experience or understanding of the area. This could be an historic site (plenty of these in Harlem!), an unusual house (there’s one we always take walkers to see in Sunset Park), a work of art (such as the mosaics by a Bangladeshi artist that adorn many shops and restaurants in Jackson Heights) or a non-food store that is particularly interesting. Everything is easily walkable.
You can’t get lost (unless you want to!). For folks who wish to digress, Noshwalkers always get a handout that includes a detailed map with the complete route and a list of major stops on the tour. Some folks like to stay at a certain place longer than the rest of the group, while others may want a head start to another. We can accommodate you! We love buses and subways! Although some folks may drive to meet us, all tours can be reached by subway or bus. In some cases, tour leader Myra Alperson will travel with a group from Manhattan to another borough.
Mother-daughter team of Helena Bakke and Arlene Rutuelo offer the best homestyle Norwegian specialties as well as a top selection of Scandinavian imports at their Bay Ridge store Nordic Delicacies, which sells nationwide through a catalog and Web site.
BRONX Belmont (Arthur Avenue) ● “Bronx Bites” - includes Woodlawn
(Irish) & Jerome Avenue (West African & Mexican)
BROOKLYN Bensonhurst ● Dyker Heights (annual “Holiday Lights” tour in
December) ● Bay Ridge ● Greenpoint ● Sunset Park ● Brighton Beach ●
Three kosher tours ~ Borough Park - Sephardic Kings highway—
QUEENS Astoria (two tours) ● Elmhurst ● Flushing (two: Asian & Israeli) ●
Jackson Heights (two: Latin American & South Asian) ● Jamaica ● Rego
Park ● Richmond Hill ● Ridgewood ● Sunnyside ● Woodside
MANHATTAN Three Central Harlem tours ● Ninth Ave. ● “Curry Hill” ●
East Harlem ● Little Seoul ● Lower East Side & Chinatown (combined) ●
Yorkville ● Washington Heights (two tours) ● Upper West Side
STATEN ISLAND Victory Boulevard’s immigrant mix
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