In April 2015, a friend of mine was able to get her hands on a Cadillac for a week or two and it was the perfect excuse for us to take a road trip. Many New York City residents do not own cars so getting away from the congested city is a privilege. We originally wanted to drive to Miami, only realizing that most of the time would be spent on the road. Our itinerary changed last minute and we decided to visit Chicago with a stop in Detroit on the way back to New York. I’ve always been intrigued with Detroit as it was once a thriving city but now bankrupted. While population dropped dramatically from 2000 to 2010, it has recently increased in Downtown Detroit and Midtown Detroit, perhaps due to the abundance of affordable properties and the pro Detroit propaganda with Brooklyn residents joking that Detroit is West Bushwick. Many other neighborhoods outside Downtown Detroit and Midtown Detroit remain distressed and abandoned. With only 24 hours in city, we drove around and made several stops - the Michigan building, an office building and former theater; the Michigan Central Station, which has been inactive since the 1980’s; Café D’Mongo’s for drinks and live music; the Dimes Store for lunch; and Coney Island for late night coney hot dogs. In a way, Detroit was quite beautiful and I only wished we had stayed an extra day.
Michigan Central Station
Café D’Mongo’s and Coney Island