All's Well That Ends Well. On the Lower East Side

If you know me at all, you'll know that the Lower East Side is my favorite neighborhood in NYC. You can definitely ask me why, but to be honest the answer is lost a bit in the fogs of my lived memory of the city.

I once told my brother (visiting from Denmark) that my dream was to live on the corner of Broome and Orchard. He took one look at the building and said, "Well, that can't be too expensive." Ah, from the mouths of babes... 

I once told my brother (visiting from Denmark) that my dream was to live on the corner of Broome and Orchard. He took one look at the building and said, "Well, that can't be too expensive." Ah, from the mouths of babes... 

For a while, I lived out most of my social life in that part of the city. And though many of my haunts are gone, it is still home to Barrio Chino (where some of my best writing has been done), the Tenement Museum (where some of my best touristing has been done), and -- from today and through August 12 -- the wonderful productions of Shakespeare in the Parkinglot (where I swear my daughter got her obsession with all things Shakespeare).

You heard me: Shakespeare in the ParkINGLOT. If you haven't been, you haven't truly spent a summer in NYC. Trust me, and, please, just go. For the first half of July, they'll be doing All's Well That Ends Well every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm.

Starting TONIGHT!

It may not be urban nature, but it sure is urban art, and that's almost as good.

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Another type of urban art: Kær table runners in Copenhagen harbor, overlooking the promenade.

Another type of urban art: Kær table runners in Copenhagen harbor, overlooking the promenade.