Wednesday, 8 June 2016

The Coolest New York Instagram Account

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.

Garber Hardware at 710 Greenwich Street, between Charles and West 10th streets. This family operation has been in business since 1884 and is a West Village institution. You won't find better customer service anywhere else in the village. These guys are phenomenal and carry almost everything!

Ralph Lauren clothes shop, 381 Bleecker Street, between Perry and Charles streets. Bleecker is one of the only streets that stretches from the West Village to the East Village which makes it the perfect street to stroll down in good weather. We suggest stopping in this shop to be transported in time with the vintage decor and perfectly curated merchandise.

Perry Street Garage, 738 Greenwich Street between Perry and West 11th streets.

Café Panino Mucho Giusto, 551 Hudson Street. A West Village staple and where we go for the most delicious vegan wraps.

Tartine at 253 West 11th Street, between West 4th Street and Waverly Place. Tartine is a West Village institution serving French food all day. The best feature of Tartine is they offer BYOB. This picturesque cafe is not to be missed!

Bedford Street in the sunshine.

The Spotted Pig, 314 West 11th Street. Some locals chilling outside The Spotted Pig restaurant. This photo was taken by our favorite dog walker @venusverse who takes our WVL mascots for group walks and social hour where they catch up on all the local gossip.

Gay Street, between Christopher Street and Waverly Place. Gay Street originally a stable alley and too narrow to be a full fledged street. In 1833 the City of New York widened it. As a result Federal style houses of 1826-33 remained on the West side of the street and house on the East side of the street dated from 1844-1860 with Greek Revival remnants on the doorways and windows.
Follow West Village Life on Instagram here.

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