Walks in New York and elsewhere

My comments on buildings, shops, restaurants that catch my eye as I wander around New York City and other places.

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Location: New York, New York, United States

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Bleecker Street VII

One side of the block between Perry Street and West 11th Street is almost entirely residential.
The other side of the street has shops on the ground floor, including Robert Marc Opticians, Double RL western clothing and Lulu Guiness women's clothing. Most of the houses on this block were built in the 1850s.

One of the most unusual shops features home furnishings --
but not for the average home.

In the early part of the 20th century, Greenwich Village became popular with artists, who sometimes added studio windows, like these, to the top floors of buildings where they lived and worked.

One of the few remaining independent bookstores left is the Biography Bookshop.

Not to be missed is Magnolia Bakery.

You can buy one of the bakery's famous cupcakes

and take it across the street to a little park/sitting area/playground, where there is a 1979 bronze sculpture by Chaim Gross. It was a gift from the artist to the city in honor of Mayor Koch.

This horizontally striped building, the westernmost on Bleecker Street, marks the end of the walk.


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