Two buses, actually—the 14th Street cross- towns, M14A (which starts at Abingdon Square, traverses 14th Street between Eighth Avenue and Avenue A, and then heads south to Grand Street at the FDR Drive) and M14D (which starts at West 18th Street across from Chelsea Piers, toddles across 14th from Ninth Avenue to Avenue D, and heads down to Delancey on Essex). Their veritable river-to-river routes take you from the industrial/jock/seminary precincts of far west Chelsea to the Latino and Chinese enclaves beyond the East Village's education ghetto. Dip your MetroCard in the slot and go shopping for food at the burgeoning Chelsea Market (Ninth Avenue and West 15th Street); the biggest of the city's greenmarkets, at Union Square; Trader Joe's (just west of Third Avenue); or the Essex Street Market, a remnant of the pushcart culture almost vanished from New York, and still a sensory feast.

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