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-TRACKSExploring Santa Fe’s Railyard and Guadalupe Districts




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2 Publisher’s Note 4 Map of the Railyard and Guadalupe Districts 4 Take to the Stage: Fun, Funky Performances Invigorate the Railyard 6 Cutting-Edge Cool: Discover the Epicenter of Santa Fe’s Contemporary Art Scene 8 Next Stop: Shops: Unique Boutiques, Bustling Markets, and Full-Service Specialty Centers 10 Meal Ticket: Get Your Fill at Intimate Cafés, Upscale Eateries, and Bustling Local Institutions PUBLISHER

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we are very proud to present the inaugural issue of Tracks magazine, dedicated to the environs of the Railyard and Guadalupe districts. Like other neighborhoods here in Santa Fe, the Railyard and Guadalupe districts are distinct in terms of their galleries, shops, restaurants, architecture, and sounds. Even the light is brighter here. This is a neighborhood on the move—and it’s changing before our eyes. Not so many years ago, the Railyard area was mostly vacant. Other than the Sanbusco Market Center and a few independent shops, there wasn’t much here. Today the area is buzzing with some of Santa Fe’s most notable contemporary galleries, charming boutiques, hip restaurants, fun bars, and entertainment venues, and it also serves as a community gathering place. The neighborhood’s twice-weekly Farmers Market is nationally recognized as one of the best in the country. Most Saturdays you’ll find a plethora of vendors offering unique foods and interesting local crafts. Stretching from just off Baca Street to Alameda along Cerrillos Road and Guadalupe Street, the charming Railyard and Guadalupe districts pay homage to local history with striking architecture that’s contemporary yet hints at the past. The future continues to be bright for the Tracks area, as movie theaters and other developments are in the works. On a lazy weekend day, I’ll often ride my bicycle along the Rail Trail up to the Tracks area to soak up this very special Santa Fe neighborhood. If you haven’t seen the neighborhood we’re covering here in Tracks, you haven’t seen Santa Fe.



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On the Cover: The New Mexico Rail Runner Express covers 100 miles, taking passengers from Santa Fe to Belen through the Rio Grande Valley. In Santa Fe, passengers get on and off the train at the historic Santa Fe Depot in the Railyard District. Photo by Adrian Wills.

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the first train pulled into the Santa Fe Railyard Depot in 1880, courtesy of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company. The arrival of the railroad signaled an era of growth and change, as travelers no longer had to endure the perils of the Old Santa Fe Trail to reach the city at the trail’s end. In addition to passengers, the trains brought building materials such as brick and galvanized tin, and the resulting metal roofs and Victorian structures gave the neighborhood a different architectural character from the one found downtown. Meanwhile, the adjacent Guadalupe District, one of the city’s oldest communities, shifted its focus from farming to commerce, in conjunction with the rise of the railroad. The area was a thriving locus of community well into the 1940s, when rail travel began to take a back seat to motoring. By 1987 the Railyard had fallen into disrepair, and the city embarked on a massive redevelopment initiative spanning decades and incorporating ideas from residents, nonprofits, and businesses. In 2008, the revitalized Railyard District opened to great fanfare. Today the area has regained its status as a community meeting place. Possessing a decidedly modern flavor, it offers shopping, dining, galleries, performing arts, and a designated walking/biking trail that extends through the Railyard Park. The Baca District, at the southern end of the Railyard, is known for its contemporary live/work spaces, while the historic Santa Fe Depot is the northern terminus for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter train. At the heart of it all is the Railyard Plaza, a gathering space that hosts concerts and events, a short 15- to 20-minute walk from Downtown’s Plaza. 2



|O V E R H E A R D | Q: What makes the Railyard/Guadalupe area unique to you? “The Railyard/Guadalupe area is unique because there are many locally owned businesses in a historical setting where people can shop, dine, and socialize. At Teca Tu, we feel this area is perfect for our business because we serve locals and tourists who appreciate the uniqueness of our products. The Sanbusco Center especially exemplifies this sense of community.”—Mira Lopez, manager of Teca Tu “It’s all homegrown! Growers and ranchers at the Farmers Market, creative expression at Warehouse 21 and El Museo Cultural, lots of locally owned restaurants and shops, and a progressive vibe that infuses the whole cityscape!” —Nicholas Ballas, owner of Cowgirl BBQ “The Railyard is an amazing convergence of the historic and the contemporary, and of people from all walks of life. Railroad stations possess a sense of romance and history, but in our Railyard that sense of a time past merges with contemporary cultures in ways that are uniquely Santa Fean.” —Irene Hofmann, Phillips director and chief curator of SITE Santa Fe

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The diversity of performing arts in the Railyard makes the area one of the City Different’s most culturally vital neighborhoods. Throughout the summer and fall, the Railyard Plaza is home to free outdoor concerts and special events, such as ZozoFest, created in conjunction with Santa Fe Fiesta, and the AHA Festival of Progressive Arts. Ditto the Railyard Park, which hosts, among other things, the concert to kick off the annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Dedicated to the preservation and proliferation of Hispanic traditions, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe presents everything from flamenco concerts to belly dancing workshops and plays by local playwrights, as well as Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival, a yearly showcase for installation art and multimedia performances. El Museo is also the rehearsal space for the children’s after-school theater program Pandemonium Productions. Next door is the Railyard Performance Center, a live music and dance venue at the epicenter of Santa Fe’s African and Haitian dancing and drumming scene. Acting, singing, songwriting, hip-hop, improv, spoken-word poetry, and concert production are just a handful of the opportunities that Warehouse 21, on Paseo de Peralta, has been offering the city’s youth since 1997. The organization’s relatively new, purpose-built facility boasts two performance spaces, plus studios accommodating a multitude of media, and its programming encompasses live music, plays, and weekly open-mike nights.

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Karen Gunderson, Searching for Fin Whales, oil on panel, 24 x 24”. Courtesy of the William Siegal Gallery.

The Railyard District’s rich artistic legacy began in the 19th century, when painters and photographers were hired by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company to create images of Northern New Mexico that would entice Eastern travelers to make the trip west. More recently, however, the area has become synonymous with contemporary art. It not only joins Canyon Road and Downtown as one of the city’s premier art districts, but it’s also regarded as a statewide focal point for cutting-edge projects and exhibitions. Contemporary art isn’t new to Santa Fe, but it’s taken on its own character in the Railyard District. Ethnographic art, which has been well represented in the city’s galleries for decades, still has a strong presence here, but a handful of Railyard galleries have taken to displaying it alongside contemporary works—a juxtaposition that pays homage to the City Different’s heritage as a cultural crossroads while also revitalizing and recontextualizing both genres. Today, art lovers perusing the Railyard District are treated to a visual feast that includes photography, ceramics, Japanese bamboo pieces, and Incan textiles, in addition to 2-D and 3-D works by some of the world’s most accomplished painters and sculptors. The Railyard’s industrial history and character, as well as the open, expansive feel and large scale Lee Price, Hot Chocolate, oil on linen, 40 x 64". Courtesy of EVOKE Contemporary.

Jasper Johns, Fool’s House, lithograph, 41 x 20". Courtesy of Zane Bennett Contemporary Art. 6

Contemporary art isn’t new to Santa Fe, but it’s taken on its own character in the Railyard District. of its buildings, make the area ideally suited to display bigger—and sometimes more interactive—works of art. The architecture, too, differs from what’s found in other parts of the city. Rather than a landscape of traditional adobe and Spanish Colonial structures, you’ll find a variety of building materials with a more urban feel: corrugated metal, poured concrete, and various colors of stucco. Friday nights are particularly great for visiting the Railyard. SITE Santa Fe, an internationally renowned exhibition space that opened in 1995 and helped define the neighborhood as a contemporary art destination, offers free admission from 10 am until midnight. The Railyard Arts District (RAD), a neighborhood organization comprising 10 galleries in the area (as well as SITE), hosts Last Friday Art Walks, held on the last Friday of every month from 5 to 7 pm . All participating stops are within easy strolling distance of each other.

Julian Stanczak, Repetitive Sound, acrylic on canvas, 41 x 59”. Courtesy of the David Richard Gallery.

RESIDE Tony DeLap, Tamariz III, acrylic on linen, 58 x 60". Courtesy of Charlotte Jackson Fine Art.


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The Sanbusco Market Center puts the “special” in specialty shops, while the DeVargas Center’s stores run the gamut from practical to luxe.

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To shop in the Railyard and Guadalupe districts is to encounter a microcosm of Santa Fe itself. There’s a little bit of everything that makes the city special: local foods (Santa Fe School of Cooking, The Chocolate Smith), international furnishings and folk art (Casa Nova), funky Western wear (Kowboyz, Double Take at the Ranch), outdoor equipment (REI, The Reel Life), and much more. Anchoring the neighborhood is the track-side Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion, a purpose-built structure that hosts the Santa Fe Farmers Market and the Railyard Artisan Market. Here you’ll find delicacies like heirloom poultry and small-batch honey as well as crafts in a variety of materials, including fiber, hand-blown glass, and ceramics. The nearby Sanbusco Market Center, on Montezuma Street, opened in the late 1800s as a building supply warehouse for businesses that sprang up in the wake of the railroad coming to town; now it’s an emporium that puts the “special” in specialty shops. There’s the self-explanatory Santa Fe Pens and the pet boutique Teca Tu, stocking gourmet treats and stylish accoutrements like turquoise-studded collars. Contemporary jeweler Eidos and local goldsmith Dell Fox propose two very different ways of getting your bauble fix, and On Your Feet is a local favorite

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for comfortable, stylish footwear. Women’s clothing by designers such as Nanette Lepore and M. Missoni are on offer at Bodhi Bazaar, while Kioti provides foreignaccented wearable art. At the far north end of Guadalupe Street is the DeVargas Center, where stores run the gamut from practical to luxe. Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe is a little bit of both, with its classic kitchenware lines (All-Clad, Le Creuset) and eclectic cooking classes. The same goes for Indigo Baby, featuring organic and natural items for young children and expectant mothers. But the vintage furs at Queen’s Ransom or the chile-piñon brittle at Señor Murphy? Those fall squarely on the side of indulgence.


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Santa Fe’s culture is a compelling concoction of old and new, traditional and quirky—and the food scene in the Railyard and Guadalupe districts is no different. The area is home to some of the city’s most beloved institutions, as well as a variety of specialty eateries. In the former category are Tomasita’s, serving up traditional New Mexican enchiladas, sopaipillas, and margaritas for some 40 years, and the Zia Diner, doling out generous helpings of comfort food with a twist—like its signature green-chile meat loaf and strawberryrhubarb pie—since 1986. Sanbusco Market Center’s El Tesoro and Pranzo Italian Grill have earned legions of followers for their Salvadoran delicacies and reimagined Mediterranean classics, respectively. On the more casual end of the spectrum, there’s Flying Star Cafe, where diners can partake of free wireless internet and an extensive selection of magazines while chowing down on baked goods, all-day breakfast, and a range of entrées (including vegan and gluten-free options), while nearby Italian-style coffeehouse Station serves

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the dining car Cowgirl BBQ 319 S Guadalupe, 505-982-2565 Outstanding BBQ and modern American comfort food since 1993! Home of “The Mother Burger,” the People’s Choice winner of Best Green Chile Cheeseburger in Santa Fe! Vegetarian specialties, great steaks, salads, seafood, and seasonal, regional American specials round out the menu. A terrific array of craft brews from the TapRoom plus nightly live entertainment make the Cowgirl the best small club this side of Austin. Open seven days a week: 11:30 am –11 pm during the week and 11 am to midnight on the weekends. Bar open until 1 am Friday and Saturday.

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Amaya Restaurant

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Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe. Mixing classic technique, contemporary flair, and fresh seasonal ingredients, Chef Walter Dominguez creates innovative dishes sure to please any palate. Amaya highlights local pueblo and Northern New Mexican influences, as well as regional foods from around the U.S. The casual, inviting atmosphere keeps the focus on fine food and conversation, and the restaurant opens onto our patio for seasonal outdoor dining with amazing mountain views.

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either old-school or more inventive espresso drinks (see the habañero fudge latte) to accompany light sandwiches and salads. There’s no shortage of nightlife in the area. Second Street Brewery at the Railyard offers locally brewed craft beers and live music almost every night, in addition to pub fare such as fishand-chips and pulled-pork sandwiches. Nearby Junction calls itself “Santa Fe’s dedicated sports bar,” and with 11 flat-screen TVs it more than lives up to that description. (Check the online calendar for which games are on tap any given day.) Then there’s Cowgirl BBQ, which— between its bar, main dining rooms, catering kitchen, billiard parlor, and private dining spaces—takes up almost an entire block of Guadalupe Street. Live music, a hopping patio, and menu standbys like brisket nachos, buffalo burgers, and Frito pies make this restaurant a year-round local favorite.

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Ristra—an elegant, cozy dining room set in an old Victorian-style adobe—has a welcoming atmosphere and serves a French-inspired menu using bold Southwest flavors. It has been a favorite of Santa Fe locals for years. The bar is open late on Friday and Saturday evenings, for good food and drinks after your event out on the town. Dinner is served nightly and offers seasonal lunch and patio dining, a bar menu, cocktails, and has a private room available for groups.

Zia Diner

326 S Guadalupe, 505-988-7008 Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the Zia Diner has been serving upscale, down-home comfort food in a Southwestern deco warehouse since 1986! American classics, New Mexican specialties and international comfort food, along with the best margaritas, local craft beers, and an amazing Happy Hour . . . See ya at the Zia!

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Casa Nova Marc Howard Custom Design Studio Handcrafted platinum and 18 kt gold ring set with diamonds and sapphires Santa Fe’s premier master goldsmith creates custom designs in high-karat golds and platinum, expertly set with diamonds and colored gemstones. Exquisite craftsmanship, refined creativity, and stellar customer service combine to give you the ultimate experience in exceptional jewelry design. 328 S Guadalupe St, Suite E (entrance on Montezuma) 505-820-1080,

Rio Bravo Trading Co. Rio Bravo Trading Co. at the corner of Guadalupe and Garfield streets, holds a treasure trove of old pawn jewelry as well as Navajo Textiles, Pueblo Pottery, Spurs, Saddles and Chaps and some of the greatest Cowboy collectibles you’ve never seen. Come find out what savvy dealers as well as collectors have known for many years. 411 S Guadalupe St, 505-982-0230


Casa Nova offers art, craft, furniture, and folk and tribal art from Africa and other exotic locations—a cultural design fusion epitomizing “the art of living and living with art.” Casa Nova’s style is contemporary, urban, and vibrant, fusing the traditional with the energy of the new. 530 S Guadalupe, 505-983-8558,

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