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Re: Visit to 421 Broome Street Today
« Reply #280 on: September 16, 2010, 12:58:14 pm »
Heya,

So, yesterday and Tuesday I had my own little pilgrimage to the old Broome Street location, of course, in advance of the Brokie gathering at the end of the month.  I was in NYC for a quick business meeting and was staying in Soho with a work colleague.  I had plenty of opportunities to walk passed Heath's old building and snap some new photos.  It really is a haunting experience to encounter that building.

This is the photo I snapped yesterday morning.


And, I was amazed to see the window display in the shop directly across from the 421 building... it was filled with skateboards!  Was that shop there before?  I found this to be quite a remarkable thing given the spirit of Heath associated with that street.





how cool!

thanks for the pics, Amanda!

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Re: Visit to 421 Broome Street Today
« Reply #281 on: September 16, 2010, 01:03:24 pm »
And oh, I also went there when I was in NY in July. I find it impossible not to go there when I'm in town, even though I find it...almost morbid and that building gives me the chills. Let's just say that sometimes my imagination is too vivid for my own good and there are things I prefer not to think about.


During this visit I had lunch at the Grotta Azura (is that the correct name), the Italian place Heath used to visit. Found it to be pretty posh and the service wasn't very good. But I suppose when you are a famous movie star, the service is generally better everywhere you go so I doubt Heath had that problem  :D
I ordered a very light lunch, in fact I only had a dessert consisting of orange slices sprinkled with...I believe it was cinnamon.

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Re: Visit to 421 Broome Street Today
« Reply #282 on: September 16, 2010, 01:32:46 pm »
Cool, Amanda.  I don't think the skateboard store was there last year.  Such a jet-setter you are, whipping in and out of NYC like that!  8)

Monika, I don't blame you for stopping by 421 Broome when you're in town.  There's just a magnetic pull to the building, and the neighborhood, too.
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Re: Visit to 421 Broome Street Today
« Reply #283 on: September 16, 2010, 02:00:45 pm »
Thanks Buds!

Meryl, I'm really sorry I didn't have a chance to visit with you or John this last trip.  It was so, so quick and I spent pretty much the entire time at meetings or with my work colleague (even for dinner this time).

Can't wait for the Brokie gathering soon!  I just hope the weather turns out to be as nice for that as it was earlier this week!

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Re: Visit to 421 Broome Street Today
« Reply #284 on: September 17, 2010, 12:42:34 am »
Thanks for sharing Bud :).
If I were ever to go back to NYC again, I think I'd also go back to Broome Street.

Like Meryl, I don't think the skateboard shop was there last year. I walked through Broome Street on my way to the L'Orange Bleue last year and stayed on the opposite side of the street when passing by the first time. Later I sat there with Monica, having a ciggie and glancing over to 421. I think I would have noticed if there had been a skateboad shop. Or someone else of a whole group of Brokies would have.

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Re: Visit to 421 Broome Street Today
« Reply #285 on: September 17, 2010, 10:05:27 am »
Thanks Chrissi,

Yeah, I don't recall the skateboard display from last year either.  Lynne and I will be staying in that neighborhood again at the end of the month, so we can check it out again.  It looked like it was maybe a skateboard / t-shirt / bags & accessories type store.  The skateboards kind of gave me chills and also made me happy at the same time.




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Re: Visit to 421 Broome Street Today
« Reply #286 on: September 17, 2010, 10:19:13 am »
The skateboards kind of gave me chills and also made me happy at the same time.

I understand.


And yay for you and Lynne :). The NYC gathering will be so much fun. Wish I could be with you :-*.

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Re: Visit to 421 Broome Street Today
« Reply #287 on: September 17, 2010, 09:14:14 pm »

I ordered a very light lunch, in fact I only had a dessert consisting of orange slices sprinkled with...I believe it was cinnamon.

Now that is a light lunch!
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Re: Visit to 421 Broome Street Today
« Reply #288 on: January 22, 2011, 11:33:42 pm »
John and I made the pilgrimage to 421 Broome today to pay homage to Heath.  We met at 5:00 (exactly at sunset) at Osteria Morini, just around the corner from Heath's.  If you click on the photo gallery on the website you can see John's chair in the lower right hand corner of the dining room picture (the lighting was much nicer than the bright lighting in the photo).  It was the perfect place for comfort food on a very cold New York night.  We drank red wine and John had stracci with mushrooms and I had beef ravioli and we shared some garlicky spinach---very yummy!

Afterwards we walked over to 421 and were happy to see two other offerings just to the left of the main door:  a bouquet of paperwhites with a note from "Kirsty" and a lone Heath Bar.  We added a bunch of winter berries that John had brought, making it three offerings.  John took some pictures, but it was pretty dark, so you might have to look carefully at them when he posts them.

We walked a couple of blocks to the side entrance of the bar in the Crosby Street Hotel and ordered dessert and coffee.  It's got modern but cozy decor and is a great place to meet up (for future reference).  We each had the BEST dessert:  three fresh fried donuts rolled in powdered sugar with warm chocolate dipping sauce.  The donuts were round, somewhere between a golf ball and tennis ball in size.  It was well worth going off my diet for!  8)

As always it was bittersweet walking in the footsteps of Heath, but with John to share it with it's really a good thing.  And best of all, we can share it here, too.  Love you, buds.  :-*
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Re: Visit to 421 Broome Street Today
« Reply #289 on: January 22, 2011, 11:40:10 pm »
Thanks so much for faithfully making the pilgrimage and leaving the winter berries. Love you both back!!  :-*
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