Sunday, April 1, 2018

A Is for Astor Place

With a stop at Astor Place in the East Village. This is a local stop on the Lexington Avenue subway line and if we continue to the end of this line, we're at the City Hall Station, in Lower Manhattan. Astor Place was named for John Jacob Astor, who at the time of his death in 1848, was the richest man in America. Astor Place, once known as Art Street, is a two block street, but it forms the center  of this Greenwich Village neighborhood.

Just across the street is the Cooper Union. This small university was founded by Peter Cooper in 1859. Peter Cooper was a foremost inventor of the nineteenth century, and his inventions include the first steam rail engine. He had a limited education and wanted to give the opportunity of higher education to those who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Until 2014 the school was free to all who were admitted, but now there is a tuition cost. Abraham Lincoln spoke here in 1860.

Our subway stop tours won't be all history. There will be history, but we'll also enjoy shopping, street art, coffee and snacks. In an effort not to outgrow my summer clothes before the summer starts I'm not going to be able to eat at every stop, but we'll focus on at least one place that looks yummy. Our place of food interest at Astor Place is Astor Plate Cafe. I didn't sample the food -- too chilly the day I visited -- but I hope to get back one day when the weather is nicer and sit outside.

I once again include sweet Sudan, whose statue resides in Astor Place. I came upon The Last Three last Sunday when I was in the area taking photographs for this post.

I hope you've enjoyed our first subway stop and visiting Astor Place. Hint for B: We're moving to a different neighborhood, but the stop is named for another famous person, too.

I hope you've had a wonderful holiday weekend and that spring has finally arrived where you are.
As ever, thanks for visiting and see you tomorrow! 


Iain Kelly said...

Love the theme, looking forward to the subway tour :-)

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

You have picked a wonderful theme, Carol, and I look forward to all the stops on your subway tour.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I think I have outgrown my Spring clothes. This winter was all about comfort and that included good food here. Enjoyed your first stop and give you credit for venturing out in the cold.

Sheila and Shelina said...

Sheila here, I love your tour and look forward to seeing whats next for A to Z challenge tours, lived close to New York years ago and I miss the east coast, this will be great motivator for visit.

Two Minds About It

Elsie Amata said...

You have no idea how jealous I am right now. I'm from NY and miss all that awesome food! Have a bagel, a slice, and some cheesecake for me, please! Oh, and a black and white cookie too. Oh, and a poppy seed roll with butter...and an egg sandwich. You know what, can you just go in a deli for me? That's what I miss the most. Why are there no good deli's outside of NY? ;)


Chatty Crone said...

I have heard of "Astor' of course. I love New York - this will be fun!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh I love this idea! I'm going to enjoy touring the city with you! Hugs!

Melinda said...

Great post!
Always love learning about your city.

See you tomorrow for B.
My B post will be up soon.

M : )

Dee said...

Dear Carol, it's going to be so much fun traveling on the subway to all the parts of New York you plan to visit on this A to Z adventure. Thanks for taking us along! Peace.

Sarah Zama said...

Really enjoyed it. Such a different kind of challenge and of travle guide ;-)


enjoyed the first stop of your tour. interesting, indeed.

Annesphamily said...

Wonderful share Carol! Your photos are just perfect. I try so hard to keep up my blog and I fail. But I have a game plan so watch out! Hee Hee! Going to do the alphabet and finish it by April 30! Then I can start over again!
When I was a new blogger Beth was on of the first people who visited me. She always had the A to z Challenge. You can learn so much!
Trusting the holidays have been good to you. I love visiting you and need to commit to doing it more often. Thank you for sharing.