Back with another photo post.
You’ll see more of these in the next month for a few reasons:
a.) I’m going into Monk-Mode for the next few weeks and focusing on sculpting my body and mind more than anything else. Four months of near non-stop travel has worn me down.
b.) I need a break from going out all the time, ‘game’, and pressure. Time to put the burner on low and see what stews. And I may or may not have another French girl cooking right now…
c.) Spring is a good time to become a tourist in your own city and rediscover what makes it so incredible.
d.) These photo-posts reinforce the themes of my writing in a new way. You want to get more out of life, discover some meaning, be more attractive? Walking around places with your eyes wide open will help you get there.
Game Tip for you to modify: after walking around taking photos and discovering new places, it was incredibly easy to start a conversation with “Hi, what’s up?” … “I’m good, I just got back from taking photos around the city, have you ever been in the little church on Hudson Street?” and so on.
This is the sort of activity that will make you more interested in your environment, and when you are more engaged and passionate, you become more interesting to others.
The following tour takes place through one of the most historically significant neighborhoods in New York, Greenwich Village.
Starting off by walking up Macdougal Street, which has plenty of lively bars with cheap drinks, filled with NYU students getting sloppy, and lots of food options.
Mamouns falafel on Macdougal is pretty damn good and has perfectly cooked sandwiches for $3.50.
On warm nights, this entire street is filled with people and is fun to observe and very likely get approached by drunk girls.
Then its on to Washington Square, my favorite park in the entire world.
I’ve been going here since I was a teenager in the 90s, we would cut school, come down to skateboard all day and smoke weed with the Jamaicans.
I learned a hell of a lot more about life in this park than school could ever teach.
There is always somebody doing something interesting or weird and this place encourages you to be social and open to others.
New York’s finest spot for people watching.
You can still buy weed towards the West end of the park, just make eye contact with a red-eyed black guy and he’ll take care of you. **Although I don’t know how good it is here anymore, its been over a decade since I’ve bought from Washington Square.**
Most of the buildings in the area are owned by New York University–the third largest private land owner in the city.
Walk West along Waverly place, towards the Hudson River, and you will come across Gay Street.
A very fitting name for the area.
You’ll pass the Stonewall Inn, the site of the 1969 Stonewall Riots.
In those days police would routinely raid gay bars and shut them down.
The fuckers at Stonewall got fed up with it one night, started throwing bottles at the cops, and riots and protests continued for the next few weeks.
This led to the gay community becoming a much more cohesive unit and is considered to be the key moment in modern LGBT rights history.
I don’t recommend getting Ice Cream at the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop.
Northern Dispensary is the only building in NYC with 1 side on 2 streets, (Christopher + Grove) and two sides on one street (Waverly).
Its insane that this building, with its prime location, is not in use at all, just sitting pretty and completely empty.
Make a left down Grove Street and you’ll come across Marie’s Crisis Cafe and Aurthurs Tavern, which used to be an infamous brothel and bar during the 1800’s.
When alcohol was prohibited, this was also a popular speakeasy where you could come get fucked up and think rebellious thoughts.
Continuing down Grove Street, you can see the impressive ironwork in front of the houses.
These homes are some of the oldest in the United States.
If you look close at the Iron work, you can find arch shaped shoe scrapers like the ones on the second step here.
The iron was put in place before the streets were paved, and you can imagine how muddy the city must have been.
Turn left when you hit Bedford and you’ll come across the skinniest house in New York.
Inside, the house is only 8 feet 7 inches wide, and at its narrowest point, it is only 2 feet wide.
Some real weirdos have lived here.
75 1/2 Bedford.
In 2013, it sold for a mere $3,250,000
Going West on Commerce Street, you will come across the Cherry Lane Theater, which has been open since 1924 and played an important role in the avant garde/counterculture movement of the 1950s and 60s (lord knows how out of touch they are now, heh).
Continue down the curves of Commerce Street and make a right on Barrow and a left on Bedford, and here you will see one of the only wooden houses to survive in the city.
It was built in 1822 and hasn’t burned down yet.
Right next door is the Tudor House at 102 Bedford.
Errol Flynn, Walt Disney, and Charles Laughton all lived here at some point.
Going West down Grove Street, you’ll come across one of the most protected and desired addresses in Manhattan, Grove Court.
Its a collection of small houses with a perfect garden in the front.
All one can do is take a peek.
A block away, Grove Street meets Hudson Street, before the land was filled in here, the shore of the Hudson River used to reach to this point.
Lower Manhattan used to be hilly, those hills were flattened and used to expand the coastline many 1000s of square feet.
Saint Luke in the Fields Church is just across Hudson Street, it was founded on farmland in 1820 and accommodated for the population that started to expand from downtown to Northern Manhattan.
I told her thanks, but no thanks–the last thing I felt like doing was listen to a priest try to make me feel guilty.
The original off-Broadway theater is also located on Christopher.
The Lucille Lortel Theater was the first step for a lot of famous actors and playwrights.
It was on this street, during Halloween night of 2001, when I witnesses a drug fueled Quentin Tarantino being held back from fighting a guy, he was screaming “I need to see the challenger! Let me look the challenger in the eye!”
Quentin wasn’t wearing a costume.
The iron cornices that line the top of homes in the neighborhood are designed to protect the buildings from heavy snow.
Both writers have made a major impact on the way people think.
Most street signs in New York are green.
I’ve been going to the Corner Bistro ever since I acquired my first fake ID at 17 years old.
They serve food until 4 AM.
An incredible thing about the neighborhoods in this city is that they are all so totally different. The colors, the textures, the smells, each one has its own fingerprint.
Go out, keep exploring, make sure your eyes stay open, talk to humans that look interesting and be prepared for anything.
And one thing to remember about New York and the millions of people that end up here…
Everyone is searching for something.