One area that I used to visit a lot more often than I do now but has since sprouted and grown wonderful vegan roots is the Lower East Side where I was actually born and lived until our ceiling collapsed, ha. My family moved to Queens in 1987 or -88.
The LES or Loisaida has always been home to radicals (and more dangerous folk...), which makes it fitting for its welcoming of vegans, although it's funny to see the gritty city becoming home to vegan boutiques and storefronts.
On a cold, rainy day off recently, I forced myself into the city to tour the fairly new 5-6 block radius of veganism on the Lower East Side.
First, a walk across the Williamsburg Bridge. It's no Brooklyn Bridge. It's grimy and punk and I love it:
A couple blocks south and I finally reached what everyone else has been raving about, Babycakes:
Both were really tasty. The pumpkin loaf was moist super light and and not all that sweet but it allowed the spices to shine through. The biscuit was perfect. It had roasted tomatoes, onion, and maybe some vegan cheese? Very, very good. I had it with coffee and felt full and healthy. They also have sugar free options available!
I wandered about a block and a half away to MooShoes. I honestly do need waterproof, warm vegan boots for the winter, but suitable, inexpensive ones were not to be found. Yet:
Also, store cats usually win me over. Hi, Milo!
Anyway, as is I am wearing my sister's hand-me-down shoes and feel pretty guilty but I opt for free and re-used over expensive vegan shoes. Am I wrong? Dumb? Not vegan? Have you all changed yr wardrobes to vegan ones? I have an intense sneaker lust/obsession and am way into Nike kicks and want to stop!
What are yr favorite vegan shoes??
Okay - more LES to come in a couple days!