The new Baked in Tribeca is a nice place to go for a special after-school treat with my kids. The original was in Williamsburg; it was started by people who turned their love of baking into a hobby and then turned their hobby into a very successful business. It’s a very American bakery, with woopies, cookies, pies, biscuits and a lot of other delicious things to eat.
There is a window in the seating area, through which you can see the pâtissières working, and, if you want to test any of their recipes in the safety of your own kitchen, you can buy one of their cookbooks. You won’t be disappointed if you have a sweet tooth!
I love when people are passionate and follow their dream — the crazier the better. Best Made is the incarnation of one of these crazy dreams, right in the middle of Tribeca. Peter Buchanan was a graphic designer who wanted to make the world’s best axe. Peter knew that a well-made axe — the oldest and most invaluable tool known to mankind — could function not only as a lifeline in the wilderness, but, at home, as a window into that world outside, inspiring people to reconnect with their hands, craft and nature. Growing from the success of that first Best Made axe, the Tribeca store is dedicated to equipping customers with quality tools, and to getting people outside and working with their hands. I think it’s cool to find a store for the outdoor life is busy downtown Manhattan.
Neon to me seems quintessentially American, despite it having been invented by a Frenchman. I have had neon on my mind for some time and I’m often designing my own neon signs in my head. One day I’ll have one made, I hope! At Let There Be Neon, you can do this and have it shipped to Europe with whatever wattage suits your needs. It’s also worth it to just stop by to see all their cool samples.