The NYC Nomad in Spuyten Duyvil, Riverdale (the Bronx)
Sundays are generally moving day, but I haven’t arrived on a Sunday in a while. And the Sunday I was supposed to move to the Bronx was Superbowl Sunday so when Leslie warned me that she knew nothing about football and probably wouldn’t even be watching the game, I extended my stay in TriBeCa an extra day.
The Bronx marks my fourth borough, although some would contest that Spuyten Duyvil, which is a part of Riverdale, isn’t really the Bronx (I’m happy to stay places that people really consider the Bronx, so email me). But geographically it is. Four boroughs down, one to go (Staten Island) and its on the calendar for the 2nd week in April.
Leslie had emailed me as a result of the NYT article. She is a bit of her nomad herself, having lived in four of the five boroughs (she missed Staten Island) and India in a calendar year. She emailed me and said:
Riverdale is “a little bit country and a little bit rock n’ roll.” Easy access to parks, quiet neighborhoods, a little bit of a “downtown” area and just minutes from Manhattan with the public transportation to get you there.
Leslie’s offer came with a twist. She had a ten month old named Phoenix. I’m sure many people would say Leslie was crazy to invite a stranger who is a man to live with her and her infant child, but we emailed back and forth quite a bit and I think its safe to say that after 9 months of doing this and reading the testimonials one can get a sense of who I am and what this project is about. Plus, she and Phoenix had heard about the nomad’s juggling abilities.
For me, Leslie just sounded interesting and on board for the project. She had traveled all over the place including doing part of her MBA in India. She is also the recently appointed director of Columbia Business School’s entrepreneurship program.
I was excited to go live with a family, but I’d be lying if there was not apprehension when I left TriBeCa. I had a “wait, why is she inviting me into her home?” moment, but reassured myself by reading an email about all the fun things we could see in the neighborhood. I spent the hour long ride on the 1 train enjoying music and a book rather than worrying about my week in the Bronx. From the 1 train, I connected to the Bx10 bus and then walked to the Linden House on Henry Hudson Parkway. The building is huge and old with two separate wings, and you can tell it was at one time quite grand (its still very nice). It was built sometime in the 1930’s and looks out oddly onto a circular driveway which used to look out onto a farm and a view of the Hudson. I’d love to see an old photo of the view.
It was social media week, and I went to a few of the events and also had the opportunity to go to the Moth at Cooper Union. I didn’t get home before 11:30 on Tuesday through Thursday, but Leslie and I enjoyed pizza on Friday night at Salvatores of Soho (Gorgonzola, red onion and asparagus a.k.a the Mama Lisa) and we had a drink at An Beal Bocht. We also commuted in a variety of manners which I’ll post about separately. Phoenix, Leslie and I went to Wave Hill on Saturday morning. I will most definitely return to that park in the summer. It’s beautiful.
Then Leibman’s Jewish Deli for pastrami sandwiches in the afternoon.
It was kind of a perfect Saturday. I took a nap, slowed down, watched a movie and stayed in on Saturday evening.
Phoenix is a cool little guy and a hit with pretty much everyone he interacts with, including me. Here is a photo. For more, you can visit my flickr set.
On Sunday, I moved to Fort Greene leaving behind incredible aromatic ribs Leslie was preparing. I was accompanied by a Brazilian journalist for my move.
- Bronx has its own little Beethoven (nydailynews.com)
- The First Annual Bronx Pipe Smoking Society Small Game Dinner … (levysuniqueny.com)