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Station North

Judging by the website it looks like the Sation North area is picking up steam. I'm going to be in town in late June. Are there enough galleries, etc open during a weekday or is it really more of a perfoming arts/night life scene?

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There are small galleries open all day every day. Station North is very DIY so a gallery might be in the basement of an unmarked foundry. It's still the starving artist stage of an arts district so some areas can look pretty rough but if you are city savvy and know how to handle yourself in the gritty city you can have a lot of fun.

Check this out: http://www.stationnorth.org/

If you are gonna be in Town on a Tuesday night and like funk music and an impromptu boogie down hit up The Dig at Joe Squared. Great pizza, great beers, great energy and people let it all hang out:

http://www.joesquared.com/music/

They also do FInal Fridays so if your in town on the last Friday of the month the neighborhood is a burst with life.

http://www.stationnorth.org/finalfridays

OK, here comes the history lesson...

Station North gets it's name because it's the neighborhood just north of Penn Station and North Ave. bisects it. North Ave used to be the northern border of Baltimore City before the city incorporated some 40 more city blocks north of that. North Ave was once one of the most beautiful wide Avenues in town but has fallen on hard times for the last 4 decades. There is so much gritty beauty in that area though. If you can see beauty through dirt and grime you will enjoy your visit.

I was just relocated to the Station North area for work so I've been exploring it in more detail myself.

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Oh yea.

If you are the adventurous sort and haven't seen enough macabre in Station North go east a few blocks and take a self-guided tour of Greenmount Cemetery. It closes at 5 so it's an early afternoon thing but what was once a pastoral cemetery for Baltimore's well to do in the Victorian age is a eerie treasure in one of the seediest parts of Baltimore. But once you enter the gate you disappear from the city for a while.

Don't forget your camera

http://www.greenmountcemetery.com/

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Call ahead and ask about a tour at the cemetery so you make sure you won't miss any of the "famous" guests . It is a fun tour.

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Oh wow --- the Green Mount cemetery sounds wonderful. It reminds me of the Old Sacramento Pioneer Cemetery where my ancestors are buried. Around the same vintage. I was looking for something to do on a spare day later this month and will definitely check it out. Thanks so much!

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Be careful if you head up there Marly. Lexington Market is a cakewalk compared to Greenmount and North Ave.

But I work 2 blocks away so with some proper planning you could have an escort.

A male escort. How decadent.

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Gravitron - I was hoping you'd chime in!

Greenmount Cemetery is a great idea. I've heard the view of the city is better from Baltimore Cemetery at the eastern end of North Ave. Any opinion?

It's a bit off the thread but I'm going to Hampden, too. I know to look for True Vine Records a block off of the main drag. Any other spots I should hit that I won't see if I'm strolling down 36th?

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Thanks for the tip, Gravitron. Yup --- wouldn't want to repeat *the wrong side* approach to Lexington Market or anything that resembles it.

Will do some research and see if I can manage it. Will PM you. I love old cemeteries for the photo ops. Hopefully I won't have the black cloud of heavy rain following me to Baltimore, as it did on my travel jaunts in March. ;=))

Thanks!

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I always tell people to use the Paca Street entrance for Lexington Market. Faidleys is right there and Bergers cookies stand is close by too. Those are really the only places worth visiting in the market, IMO.

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Conradical. If you want to go for the cemetery go to Greenmount. If you want a great view of the city don't go to Baltimore cemetery. Too far out of your way and there's nothing else around. *Side note* I had to turn around in the entrance of the Baltimore cemetery a few years back and as I looked in I saw 2 jumbo size rats playing in the sun on the grass. I think that was the only time I've ever seen rats playing. Usually they're scurrying away form some place....Anyway.

Definitely go to Hampden if you are in the area. I lived there for 3 years and there is no better place in Baltimore. If you are seeking out the True Vine then you are already the type who will enjoy Hampden. Stop in at Fraziers on the Ave. for a drink. Don't go to Cafe Hon because it's a blood sucking tourist trap but do get a pic of the 4 story pink flamingo out front. Hampden is one of the old white working class neighborhoods that has been the inbred armpit of Baltimore for generations but is now the coolest and realest neighborhood in town. And really. Baltimore is all about the neighborhoods. That's why I tell people to get out of the Inner Harbor.

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Right, Mirage. I learned that from you --- after I'd approached from the other (not so good) side. Thanks for continuing to give that advice. Will try Faidley's later this month.