An Oddball Day (According To NY Mag)

9 stops · 6 hrs by Driving
Created by Jerry Paffendorf

This tour is copy-and-pasted from NY Mag's Detroit Tour suggestions: http://nymag.com/travel/weekends/detroit/index4.html . And I quote: "Take a break from food tourism and spend a day checking out the city’s renegade public-art scene."

1

Astro Coffee

2124 Michigan Ave

Wake up with a cup of coffee made from beans roasted by Detroit’s Anthology Coffee ($3) and a house-baked breakfast pastry ($4) at Astro Coffee. photo from the Metro Times:

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0.4 mi from Astro Coffee to Imagination Station
Head east on Michigan Ave toward Wabash St (371 ft)
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Wabash St (0.1 mi)
Turn right onto Dalzelle St (384 ft)
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto 14th St (0.1 mi)

2

Imagination Station

2031 14th st

"[P]op around the corner to the site of the Imagination Station, a nonprofit in the process of turning two blighted houses and three empty lots into a creative campus."

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2.1 mi from Imagination Station to Heidelberg Project
Head east on Marantette St toward Wabash St (0.2 mi)
Turn left onto 12th St/Rosa Parks Blvd
Continue to follow Rosa Parks Blvd
(0.1 mi)
Continue straight to stay on Rosa Parks Blvd (0.2 mi)
Turn right onto W Fisher Service Dr (190 ft)
Take the Interstate 75 N ramp on the left (0.3 mi)
Merge onto I-75 N (0.2 mi)
Take exit 50 toward Gd River Ave (0.2 mi)
Continue onto W Fisher Service Dr (0.5 mi)
Turn left onto Woodward Ave (0.4 mi)
Turn right onto Watson St (266 ft)

3

Heidelberg Project

42 Watson

"[A] 25-year-old neighborhood-sized art installation made largely of found objects like plush toys and car parts. Nearly everything in the two-block area, from trees to houses to fences, is adorned with eclectic objects; don’t miss the installation of hundreds of shoes scattered in the street." photo from heidelberg.org:

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0.8 mi from Heidelberg Project to Avalon International Breads
Head southwest on Watson St toward Woodward Ave (266 ft)
Turn right onto Woodward Ave (0.5 mi)
Turn left onto W Willis St (0.2 mi)

4

Avalon International Breads

422 W Willis St

"Make a stop at Avalon International Breads for stuffed sandwiches like a tuna melt with garlic-herb mayo served on freshly baked bread ($6.50–$8.50)." photo from atdetroit.net:

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7.2 mi from Avalon International Breads to Powerhouse Project
Head west on W Willis St toward 2nd Ave (0.2 mi)
Turn right onto 3rd Ave (272 ft)
Turn left onto Calumet St (0.1 mi)
Turn right onto John C Lodge Service Dr (0.2 mi)
Take the ramp on the left onto M-10 N (3.6 mi)
Take exit 7B to merge onto M-8 E/Davison Fwy toward Davison Fwy (2.7 mi)
Keep right to continue on M-8 E (394 ft)
Turn right onto Klinger St (0.2 mi)
Turn left onto Lawley Ave (282 ft)

5

Powerhouse Project

Moran St and Lawley Ave

"[A] pastel-adorned home that was salvaged from foreclosure for under $2,000 and beautified by the architect and artist duo behind Design 99. The home produces its own solar energy and is being used as a model for revitalizing decaying neighborhoods."

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0.5 mi from Powerhouse Project to Hamtramck Disneyland
Head northeast on Lawley Ave toward Conant St (276 ft)
Turn right onto Conant St (0.3 mi)
Turn right onto Carpenter Ave (0.1 mi)
Turn right onto Klinger St (62 ft)

6

Hamtramck Disneyland

12087 Klinger St

"[P]eek into the alley behind 12087 Klinger Street to see what’s known as Hamtramck Disneyland for reasons that will become clear when you lay eyes on the wild assemblage of toys, old framed artworks, and other knick-knacks."

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7.6 mi from Hamtramck Disneyland to Cass Café
Head southeast on Klinger St toward Carpenter Ave (62 ft)
Turn left onto Carpenter Ave (0.1 mi)
Turn left onto Conant St (0.5 mi)
Turn left onto M-8 W/E Davison St
Continue to follow M-8 W
(2.5 mi)
Take the exit on the left toward S Downtown (0.4 mi)
Merge onto M-10 S (3.5 mi)
Take exit 3 toward Forest Ave/Warren Ave (0.1 mi)
Merge onto John C Lodge Service Dr (33 ft)
Keep right to stay on John C Lodge Service Dr (108 ft)
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto W Forest Ave (0.4 mi)
Turn right onto Cass Ave
Destination will be on the left
(138 ft)

7

Cass Café

4620 Cass Ave

"For dinner, drive south to Cass Café for a menu of mostly vegetarian favorites like lentil burgers ($6.50) and vegetarian burritos ($7.50), served in a lofted space that doubles as an art gallery displaying works from local artists."

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1.8 mi from Cass Café to D'Mongo's Speakeasy
Head northwest on Cass Ave toward W Forest Ave (138 ft)
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto W Forest Ave (0.1 mi)
Turn right onto Woodward Ave (1.1 mi)
Continue straight to stay on Woodward Ave (0.4 mi)
Turn right onto Clifford St (207 ft)
Turn left onto Griswold St
Destination will be on the right
(138 ft)

8

D'Mongo's Speakeasy

1439 Griswold St

"Afterward, head across town to catch the scene at D'Mongo’s (open Friday and Saturday only), an eccentric speakeasy featuring cheap drinks (from $4) and live jazz or country music, depending on the week." photo from royalchild.net:

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0.2 mi from D'Mongo's Speakeasy to Lafayette Coney Island
Head south on Griswold St toward Grand River Ave (0.2 mi)
Turn right onto W Lafayette Blvd
Destination will be on the right
(223 ft)

9

Lafayette Coney Island

118 W Lafayette Blvd

"Finish off the night with the post-club crowd at Lafayette Coney Island, which has been open for more than a century and serves late-night chili-dogs ($2.50) until 4:30 a.m."

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