My walk today took me to the Lower East Side, down Mulberry St. and then over east to the Bowery. I made my way to Orchard St., one of the classic streets of the Lower East Side where one can still feel some of the commercial flavor of the immigrant neighborhood. Nevertheless new condo development may push some of this out, and fashionable new restaurants and boutiques are replacing some of the more moderately priced businesses.
Over on Bowery, the new New Museum of Contemporary Art is taking shape with its projected opening in the fall. The building designed by SANAA is set amidst several restaurant supply stores and stores devoted to chairs.