Sometimes it takes a visit from out of town guests to inspire you to take a walking tour of your own city. And sometimes when you play tour guide you see the streets that you’ve walked down a hundred times with new eyes. Or maybe it’s actually because you haven’t been to this part of the city in quite awhile and by this I mean walking for the sake of wandering around and not just getting to a particular destination. Never mind that it’s raining. It’s warm enough that it’s not unpleasant and it actually adds to the charm, especially as you duck into a cheese shop and a French cafe and watch the rain come down, sometimes heavy in wet sheets, as you cup your warm latte bowls in your hands.
When the rain lets up just enough, you weave in and out of the narrow streets between Bleecker and Hudson and even have to whip out the map on your phone because the streets downtown can get so confusing. This reminds you that this city is big and sometimes you forget that because it’s so easy to stay in the bubble of a few neighborhoods that you know. You make a promise to yourself that the next time you’re feeling in a rut you’ll pick a neighborhood and just go with your camera because this day reminds you why you love NYC so damn much.