a rainy tour of the west village

October 3, 2012 |  Category:   dining out life nyc

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.

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  • Tian October 3, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I like the building in the 3rd last picture. What does it house?

  • louise @ buttercup days October 3, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Oooh … now I really want to go back to NYC. I could so very easily feel at home in those pictures. Thanks for sharing. x

  • Vicki October 3, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I love your blog….and now I think I love it just a little bit more….beautiful photos of a beautiful city….One day I’ll get there….in the meantime a girl can dream. Vic x

  • tina October 3, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I enjoyed these pictures very much. Beautiful NYC!!!!

  • Susannah October 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Ooh yes, that building!! I came across it when I was there three years ago, having travelled from Australia. I was so enchanted by this seemingly magical old place with the amazing courtyard, but like you, all I could do is peer through the gate. I love NYC, particularly the West Village.

  • Claire October 3, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I agree! When the ‘rents came to visit recently, we wandered through the West Village and stumbled upon my favorite part of Bleecker – where Murray’s, Amy’s Bread, bookbook, Patisseria Rocco & the Neighborhood Church’s gallery space is. My mom, who has trouble walking because of leg surgery, stayed on her feet for a long time here.

  • Chantelle October 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I was in the West Village for a week in June (sans husband or three year old) and it rained then too. This brought back great memories and reminded me that I need to work on my photo album. I ate at Buvette twice it was so good!

  • Jill October 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    yep, yep, yep, yep.

    being a tourist in your own city never – EVER – gets old.

    lovely pictures, lady!

  • Jenna October 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    @Tian I believe it’s just a private residence.

  • Ana October 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    oh I really want to go back to visit NY! My first trip was so fast!

  • naomi October 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    really lovely photos!

  • G. October 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    My favorite post in awhile. I love getting lost in the streets of New York. There’s no other city like it.

  • yessil October 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    oh my gosh i did this today. wandered around tribeca and the edges of chinatown. i ended up at the high line after lunch, which always felt new with all the fall colors. it definitely dragged me out of a rut.

  • Kat October 4, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Thanks for this post. I miss days like this when I would take long walks by myself and get lost in the city. Looking forward to doing this again hopefully when I visit in two weeks.

  • sandra October 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    these pictures almost killed me; cheese, dogs, coffee :) looks like an amazing day.

  • Atsuko October 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    These pictures reminded me of Europe. I love the city with different neighborhoods. I have been able to see different faces of NYC through your blogs. I love it so much. Especially I like to see and know how people in NYC live. Thank you so much for sharing with the readers.

  • Sally B October 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Your photos feed my soul. Thank you.

  • Caro October 5, 2012 at 1:44 am

    I live, quite literally, on the other side of the world and NY is one of my favourite places ever. I actually wore holes in my shoes from all the walking I did there. There is so much life to see, so much atmosphere to absorb in every nook and cranny you visit. Don’t take it for granted if you live there, it’s a special place!

  • Jee | Oh, How Civilized October 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Love these photos! Just had breakfast at buvette this morning and your photos really captured the essence and romance of the restaurant and the West Village.

  • diamondkelt October 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Sometimes your pictures make NYC look so quiet and almost peaceful. I think it’s your inner eye searching for that solitude in all the crazy that constantly surrounds you.

    I’ve found that the pictures I take and end up snapping usually reflect what I need and want most atm even if I’m not aware of it.

  • Rami October 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Beautiful pictures, lovely mood. It makes me very “homesick” for NYC! Though I have not lived there my family has at different times and I miss it, miss it so.

  • Christy Milford (@SweetSavoring) October 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I love NYC so damn much, too! These photos are such a nice reminder of when I used to hang out in the Village :)

  • Manya October 6, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Although I haven’t been to NY since 1987 (!!!!!!) and have sworn that I will never set my foot back in the States….you are bringing tears to my eyes because my childhood is awaking and I’m starting to miss exactly what you have photographed! Thank you…

  • Yelle October 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous images. What a pleasure to find your blog.

  • Susan October 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I adore the West Village, and we dined at Buvette last time in NYC-loved it!