Days in New York: The Village

A small group of students were advocating for the rights of Native Americans, and in reference to the upcoming Columbus Day were asking people passing by how they’d like it if someone showed up and took over their house.

Washington Square Park

Unlike yesterday which offered a beautiful blue sky, we’ve had to do with grey clouds all day today. However, I have still thoroughly enjoyed walking through the Village.

We began the day with a visit to Chelsea Flea Market and though I didn’t end up buying anything, there was more than enough to look at. Loads of American flags, wooden figures and people enjoying the atmosphere. So much that I decided to make a gallery of it all.

Colonial wood carved African American men
Colonial wood carved African American men

From there we walked down 5th Avenue and into Greenwich Village. When we reached the First Presbyterian Church in the New York City we turned down 11th Street to 6th Avenue and the Jefferson Market Library and Garden.

The Jefferson Market Library
The Jefferson Market Library

Here I found the small Patchin Place and one of only two still existing gas lamps in New York. I wonder if I get a chance to find the other one as well.

One of two remaining gas lamps in New York
One of two remaining gas lamps in New York

Continuing down Christopher Street we took our time to enjoy the lively puppies in the many local pet stores. At West 4th Street we turned north into an area full of lively restaurants and bars where people had defied the grey weather and were enjoying the outdoor seating.

Sant Ambroeus on West 4th Street
Sant Ambroeus on West 4th Street

As we reached Perry Street we happened upon a house with large groups of young women taking photos in front. It would seem that we had reached Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment building.

Women flocking to Carrie Bradshaw's apartment building
Women flocking to Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment building

Despite the fact that Carrie lived in the Upper East Side in the series ‘Sex and the City’ this house was used to shoot the exterior scenes. And for that reason for women of my generation, it seems to have become a destination for modern pilgrimage.

Soon Julia Roberts and Richard Gere will show up on the fire escape
Soon Julia Roberts and Richard Gere will show up on the fire escape

Continuing up to Abingdon Square we found a small farmer’s market by Grow NYC offering locally grown vegetables, lobsters and turkeys from DiPaola Turkey Farm.

Abingdon Square
Abingdon Square

After a turn around the farmer’s market we continued down Bleecker Street enjoying the many little shops before finding our way towards the exterior apartment building of another New Yorker series.

Shops on Bleecker Street
Shops on Bleecker Street

On the corner of Grove and Bedford Streets lies the building known from ten seasons of Friends. Unlike with Carrie Bradshaw’s building, no one was to be found outside here taking selfies. No Ross and Rachel fans.

Apartment building from Friends on Grove and Bedford
Apartment building from Friends on Grove and Bedford
Grove Street
Grove Street
Bedford St and Carmine St
Bedford St and Carmine St
Downing Street Playground
Downing Street Playground

We continued down Bedford Street to Father Demo Square where we got a bagel at Bagels On the Square before continuing onto Washington Square Park. This is a particularly lively and pleasant park full of NYU students.

The Washington Square Arch in Washington Square Park
The Washington Square Arch in Washington Square Park

Let’s celebrate Columbus Day by walking into someone’s house & telling them we live there now.

I loved the fact that a small group of students were advocating for the rights of Native Americans, and in reference to the upcoming Columbus Day were asking people passing by how they’d like it if someone showed up and took over their house. Well there is something to think about when we will enjoy the Columbus Day Parade on Monday.

Celebrate Indigenous people
Celebrate Indigenous people

As rain started pouring, we made our way eastwards through a lively area of East Village full of young people and students.

Grassroots Tavern
Grassroots Tavern
New Yorker taxis
New Yorker taxis
The Tenth Street Church of Christ
The Tenth Street Church of Christ
A classic walk of shame
A classic walk of shame
East Village Barber Shop
East Village Barber Shop
E 10th Street and 2nd Avenue
E 10th Street and 2nd Avenue
Trump says 'no crossing!'
Trump says ‘no crossing!’

In order to get out of the rain, we quickly found a place on St Mark’s Place called TKettle Kitchen which served bubble tea.

Bubble tea at TKettle Kitchen
Bubble tea at TKettle Kitchen

I love bubble tea, and we spent some time at this Taiwanese place chewing tapiocas and soaking up the atmosphere away from the rain, and before making it the rest of the way home.

 

Zofka

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