Yesterday we had a little bit of unseasonably warm weather (and by that I mean it was 40 degrees), so I decided to take a walk in the East Village to enjoy the weather and pop into a few thrift and vintage shops that I like in the area.
When I was a student and had more free time, I used to spend a considerable amount of time in the East Village, especially on St. Mark’s Place, because everything is relatively cheap and the area has still retained some charm. In many ways, I really enjoy the gritty-ness of the area — although I personally think that it has lost a lot of its true artistic appeal, there is no denying that some of the crowd that hangs here is really creative. And where else would you ever find random vinyl in a trash can on the street (yes, this is for real).
Although the eclectic mix of stores, restaurants and people on St. Mark’s is usually pretty entertaining, I also love wandering the next couple of streets over. They tend to be a bit quieter and some of them still have pretty old-school shops on them. This is on East 11th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, where there are a few little Italian places. Charming, right? What you can’t see from this photo is that a few doors down is a Buffalo Exchange where I’m headed to scour the racks for some fun things for spring.