Late last year an article in the New York Times caught my eye - I cut it out and filed it in my “things I need to do” folder. The article was a virtual “walking tour” of a 6-block stretch of East 7th Street in New York City.
Although I spend quite a bit of time in Manhattan, I hardly ever find myself in the East Village. Although it has always held some appeal (and mystique) for me, I wasn’t familiar enough with the terrain to venture over there, and away from neighborhoods that I knew quite well. I enjoyed the article because it highlighted not only interesting stores and eateries but also some of the more unusual buildings and other things I love to discover, like “secret gardens”. I filed it away for warmer days, and earlier this summer Chelsea and I spent a morning (article in hand) on East 7th Street.
Just as the article described, there was a great mix of old and new – in almost every category - and we had a great day shopping, strolling and of course, eating.
Here are some photos of our day (click the links below to learn more):
Where we started.
A mosaic street post.
Lots of early 20th century architecture…….
…….like the aptly named Flowerbox Building.
Sea salt and caramel – HELLOOOOOOO!
And look what’s coming - right next door!!
Loved this private house with “secret garden”……
…….as well as the Sam and Sadie Koenig garden, with a sculpture by Kiki Smith.
Tokio 7, a quirky consignment shop.
Like, robot-sculpture-made-from-motorcycle-parts-and-scrap-metal quirky.
And here’s the link to the article – have fun!