east 7th street

August 31st, 2011

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.

Cooper Union, both the old……

……and new.

A mosaic street post.

Lots of early 20th century architecture…….

……..next to brand new buildings……

…….like the aptly named Flowerbox Building.

Butter Lane Cupcakes

Sea salt and caramel – HELLOOOOOOO!

Choose the frosting for your cupcake, or

skip the cupcake altogether.

Yeah, this pretty much sums it up.

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. 

Chelsea scooped up 2 Marc Jacobs pieces while I spotted this dress with cute back detail.


And here’s the link to the article – have fun!



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