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The East Village is where I’ve spent the majority of my time in NYC, and while my more conservative angels would prefer to move to the relaxed Upper West or East Side, the East Village is home for now – despite the rubbish and the many nutters, it manages to slowly trap you with its wily charms.

I’ve posted before about some of my favourite places to eat in the neighbourhood, I haven’t found anymore gems, but thankfully I did find another great coffee spot.

As these pictures hopefully illustrate, much of the East Village’s charm lies in its eclectic architecture, however for me I think it’s the fact there is no one ‘typical’ resident, and the way everyone is accepted in spite of their perceived threat or psychosis, stemming from what I perceive to be a strong parochial tie and sense of ownership.

When you walk into a new block you can be presented with a quiet suburban street housing a colourful cow, a row of five or six Japanese, Indian, or Ukrainian restaurants dotted among colourful residential buildings, a strip of bars, a school – it’s a fantastic part of town to just walk around with a camera.

You may need to dodge the odd high hipster, drunk NYU student, food delivery bicycle – one evening I ended up in between an old lady wildly swinging her walking stick trying to belt some guy who’d accused her of stealing – but invariably the most life threatening aspect of East Village are the cab drivers.

The pizza place in the picture below is not bad if you’re hungry and like thick pizza, some of my good friends have developed an addiction so this has become a regular haunt.

Hopefully by early next month I’ll have a kitchen again and will be able to start some proper food posts – either that or I’m going to have to start a book on finding a place to live in NYC!

East 12th Street

2nd Ave Pizza

East 11th Public Baths, now a photography studio

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Whenever I take pics in a big city, I like to look for the things that stand out to me, things I associate with the city, the ubiquitous things that don’t show up on the bus tours

But it’s pretty hard not to take some touristy shots while you’re in NYC

A hazy Freedom Tower

Manhattan from Brooklyn

A very cold Central Park

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Still working on finding a new place, so here’s some more happy snaps, this time from Williamsburg.

By all accounts, this used to be a very dodgy neighbourhood – now it’s filled with dodgy beards, tattoos, Australians, and developers.

It’s also home to some pretty good coffee, shoe stores, and micro brewery’s, but the Burg is far from a cheap neighbourhood – housing and rental prices now mirror Manhattan.

I haven’t eaten at a lot of places there but I have visited the well known Meatball Shop and Peters, as well as a couple of small restaurants, but nothing amazing as yet!

I’ll just keep going for the coffee…

Williamsburg Bridge

North Williamsburg cherry farm

Williamsburg

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So in light of still not having a kitchen yet, but nevertheless feeling guilty for not keeping the posts up, I’ve decided to post some of my favorite food places here in New York to date – obviously far from a comprehensive list and I intend to attempt to try every great place in all of the boroughs, but for now, these are some of my regulars.

Don’t judge me for my lack of healthy options though, I’m just attempting to blend in!

Fresco

Fresco Gelateria

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