It's no secret I love New York (if you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed I've just been over for my annual visit), and if I won the Lottery, I'd immediately decamp to the
city's West Village in downtown Manhattan. Those brownstone houses... In reality, for now I'm living vicariously through the brilliant New York City-based Instagram feed, West Village Life. Local West Villager, Jessica Bowers, takes photos of beautiful and fascinating places around her neighbourhood, from historical homes and popular coffee shops, to interiors of locals’ apartments and curious shops, so today, to alleviate my holiday blues, I thought we could take a mini tour of New York's West Village:
The Friends' apartment building, 90 Bedford Street. This corner is home to a West Village classic, and must-dine-at restaurant, The Little Owl. The building above is known as the building the characters Monica and Rachel from hit TV show, Friends, lived in. You'll spot it in the opening credits of the show.
Three Lives & Co, 154 West 10th Street. This independent bookshop first opened its doors in 1968 and still sticks to its original motto: “The store exists for the reader, not for the publisher or the marketer”. This shop might be one of the coziest in the neighbourhood.
83 Charles Street. Morning light shines on this gorgeous townhouse built in 1899 and covered with greenery.
78 Perry Street, located between West 4th and Bleecker streets. Just a few doors down from the location that stood in for Carrie Bradshaw’s stoop on Sex and The City and always populated by fans taking photos.
Gay Street. A quintessential West Village road; short and crooked it marks off one block of the Village. With its secretive curved appearance it naturally became a spot for speakeasys during the 1920s.
317 Bleecker Street, at the corner of Bleecker and Grove streets. Look closely and you can see the green fire escape monogrammed with the letter ‘G’. Representing Grove Street, installed in the 1940s.
243 West 12th Street, between West 4th Street and Greenwich Avenue sits this four-story Greek Revival townhouse. Built around 1843, it radiates classic old world charm.