This post may contain some cheesiness. You probably can’t tell why. You’re probably just seeing a girl walking around New York, but there’s more to to it. There’s a song I like called Ludlow St by Julian Casablancas (the lead singer of the Strokes). I wanted to visit it, like a Beatles fan would want to visit the Abbey Road crosswalk. I was very pleasantly surprised when I found out our Airbnb was just a few blocks away from Ludlow St. We walked on Ludlow St almost every day and it made me happy whenever I saw the street sign.
So of course I wanted to take some photos there. I put on my Strokes tee & striped shorts and kindly asked Kirill if he wouldn’t mind doing one last shoot (he’s the best!). Can you believe the shorts turned 10 this year? They still look amazing!
Anyway, song or no song, Ludlow St is a cool street and I’m glad we walked all the way down it. The whole Lower East Side is a really cool neighbourhood. Shout out to my friend Rim for recommending that we stay there. It was my favourite neighbourhood in Manhattan. I’d want to live there if I lived in New York. It has all those pretty old buildings with fire escapes, plenty of cool cafes/shops/bars, and just the right amount of grit/street art. It felt like home as soon as I got there.
Pro travel tip: don’t buy your gifts/souvenirs on the last day. We spent all morning running around the East Village on the hunt for souvenir shops. I know that’s not a bad way to spend a morning, but it would have been better without the pressure to find gifts for everyone.
We went as far as the Flatiron Building because google maps told us there was a souvenir shop near there. From the outside it looked like a normal apartment building but we decided to go in and ask anyway. We were told the shop was in the building but we needed to be escorted there. We were greeted in the elevator and taken onto a floor that looked like a big office, where in one of the rooms there was a little souvenir shop. It only sold handmade gifts made by local artists. The woman from the elevator gave us a detailed description of every item. It was crazy, I’ve never been to a gift shop like that before. Only in New York I guess.
I was a bit sad that morning because I knew I had to leave, but I’m glad I got to spend it running around my temporary hood.