Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The High Line

One fine Manhattan day, Dave and I decided to check out the High Line, a former above-ground railway that has been turned into a park. We enjoyed the walk from Gansevoort to 20th; the architects did a nice job highlighting and retaining elements reminiscent of trains, railways, and motion.

Along the way, we stopped to listen to a band called Chicken Gravy. I have no idea if they were officially sanctioned by the High Line or if they were just cleverly situating themselves on a fire escape on the side of a building next to the park to build up publicity.

We got some video of the show.

We were walking home from the High Line when I caught sight of something.

You don't see it? Try harder...Dave didn't believe me, either.

It was the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck!

This was my fourth or fifth sighting that month. I saw it on 14th and 5th a couple of times and randomly on 6th and 22nd. Each time I saw the truck, it was an inopportune moment to stop to have ice cream. So when we saw it this time, we had to get a scoop. I got the bergamot and Dave got the coffee. The bergamot was flowery and creamy. Dave loved his scoop as well, declaring it, "the best in its class." When I asked for clarification he said, "The best super-premium American-style non-gelato ice cream, a coarser, harder type of ice cream." So there you go.

If you don't have time to stalk the truck on Twitter or to chase it around town, Murray's Cheese now carries tins of their ice cream.

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