A Sunday in West-Ho-Burg ~ NYC

Summer in New York.

It’s when life takes on a slower pace. Manhattan wakes up later. On Sundays, the streets are uncomplicated and easy to navigate given the lack of foot and car traffic. This is in large part due to the island’s residents escaping the heat of the concrete in favour of shorelines in far-flung Jersey Shore, Rockaway Beach, or The Hamptons.

Summer – a perfect time to appreciate the city. Starting with breakfast in the West Village, meandering in the quieter and more industrial parts of Soho, then cooling down in my home ‘hood of Williamsburg. This is what Sundays are all about.

Sunday, summery Sunday. My pictorial of New York, today. Enjoy!

Caffe Reggio on MacDougal Street. An institution since 1927 – apparently the first cafe in the US to serve a cappuccino.

Sidewalk breakfast dining…

Tableside cab spotting, pop art style

Traditional is always good when it comes to breakfast

Dave Chappelle, Gary Shandling, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Robin Williams… they’ve all got this place in common.

Not a bead of sweat in sight.

Waiting for the late rising brunchers.

Sunday news, sidewalk style. By the way, Alec Baldwin got married.

The streets of Soho decorated with pasteups and fire escapes.

One World Trade Centre – its construction is visible from Williamsburg, Brooklyn to Central Park, Manhattan. Seen here from Soho, at 1,776 feet, it will be America’s tallest building.

Graffiti isn’t exclusive to Manhattan’s walls.

A true delight in summer: blend a few cups of watermelon, add a squeeze of lime… maybe a splash of vodka. This is the season’s easiest cocktail to make – effortless, and one of the most delicious!

Historical sticker street art.

My husband took this photo. He thinks it’s a cool angled shot – I feel it is a little misaligned. What do you think?

Tourist shops of New York can be so rude sometimes, but I love them anyway. Only NYC could get away with such shenanigans.


The coffee bean aroma of the Porto Rico Importing Company can be smelt stores away.

I wish I lived on Minetta Lane. It is perhaps NYC’s quietest street – but so central!

What? Exactly.

Teary street art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

July 1: Happy Canada Day….

The (above) swimwear and briefs brought to you courtesy of:

Attacked by a friendly pet.

See, very friendly, pawed out, and perhaps a little thirsty.

The Empire State Building, freeze framed by Strawberry, Ginger, and Rhubarb pops.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. This is what life is all about.


60 thoughts on “A Sunday in West-Ho-Burg ~ NYC

  1. Thanks for the great tour, Marina! It was a fun ride! Is Williamsburg near the Williamsburg Bridge? Or do I have the bridge name wrong? I have a college friend who lives near the bridge and works at the Strand Bookstore. I loved the variety of your photos….someday I’ll get there! Thanks!

    • Hi Judy! Thanks for taking the Sunday tour πŸ™‚ yes, W’burg Bridge joins Williamsburg from the Brooklyn side, to around Chinatown. Your friend has it great as they would simply take the L train to Union square, which is where the Strand Bookstore is. Or they could take another subway line or the ferry. Short story – it’s so close to Manhattan. Some pictures here, towards end of post. You’ll also see the 1 World Trade Centre is vicinity of the Bridge: http://marinachetner.com/2012/06/24/a-crafty-weekend-brooklyn-nyc/ NY will always be waiting for you Judy!

    • Dienna, the eggs and bacon was an ideal portion. No oversize heapings – just perfect! The pops were two different flavours actually; Strawberry Ginger and Strawberry Rhubarb. They are made from scratch and so great. i have treated myself to one every weekend! Glad to share these photos with you!! Thanks πŸ™‚

  2. What a great post, Marina! Makes me smile, and wish I was there. It’s nice to see the streets and buildings and color of the city without people (they’re nice, too, but sometimes you want to see the whole structures of the city – like it’s waiting for the show to start.
    And I like your husband’s angled shot. πŸ™‚

    • Dear Lois! The ultimate compliment is that the post makes you smile so I thank you so much for writing that πŸ™‚ It’s is so nice to have the city to yourself – like you’re the winner of a prize that happens to be, in this case, downtown NY. You like the shot! Well, hubby will be happy to hear that! πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

    • Gabriele, thanks so much! That’s the nicest thing to read πŸ™‚ I’m still working on your East Village post. I’ll get there – maybe next Sunday? That’s good inspiration. I’m glad you enjoyed these – it was a lovely day in the City πŸ™‚

  3. Thank you Marina for inviting us along, I always really enjoy your strolls around the city. The breakfast looked great and so I’m thinking bacon and eggs this morning for me. Some smashing pictures and I like Ali’s picture too, I think the angles are interesting. πŸ™‚

    • Adrian, thank you! So did you end up having bacon and eggs? It’s a nice treat πŸ™‚ So happy you like the photos – it makes it easier when the crowds are at bay. it’s getting pretty steamy in NYC. Another fan for Ali – I’m glad πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  4. So many (now) familiar spots!!We were wandering around Macdougal St and Minetta Lane looking for Minetta Tavern. It’s such a great area to wander in.
    Lucky you having a hubby that wants to take photos. I’m trying to get mine involved so he can understand why I would like a few extra seconds for each shot!! I like his shot!

    • Isn’t Minetta lane the quietest, most pretty, and best located street, Jenny?! My hubby is actually the king of the Angled Shot – and I think he’ll be pleased to know that the odds are in his favour πŸ™‚ PS Even though my hubby takes a shot here and there, he still rolls his eyes when he sees me leave the house with the DSLR. He knows what he’s in for (especially when I take a few minutes taking photos of food!) Thanks Jenny!

  5. The shirt on the right in photo 15 is available in LA too, at the Studio City Farmers Market. That phrase comes from the character of Suzie, wife of the manager of Larry David on the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The show is no longer on. It was the funniest show ever.

    • I love Curb Your Enthusiasm – I believe it is Larry David’s birthday today – and think it is hilarious! My husband was just commenting where that line was from, and now he has the answer. Thank you Karen!

  6. Love the post Marina…Ali’s shot is a bit off kilter but I think its all the better for it…Big thumbs up for it, fab shadows’n’lines..
    Your shots are as good as ever and I feel like I’ve had a nice NY sunny sunday stroll, which is a great result given its Tuesday in Birmingham and its pissing down…
    It’s official by the way…’Canada is pants!’

    • The weekends in summertime are when a) residents have fled b) the tourists are lining up to see an attraction. So the pretty ‘hoods of West Village etc are left for us to indulge in. I recommend it if you can travel during the humid weather πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  7. Amazing! I want to be there and have a lazy, hot and sunny Sunday morning, with a cup good black coffee and a traditional breakfast! Sunday morning is one of my favourites and since I had to work this Sunday and help out with our National Finals, I am still recovering from not being able to fully enjoy my morning 😦 Looking forward to the up coming one! πŸ˜€

    • Hi K! I hope that today you had a nice Sunday! I didn’t indulge as much as last weekend but my hubby and I found a lovely (new) spot in Williamsburg for coffee. It was such a relaxing morning, especially when we enjoyed our ‘hood with a short commute from home, there and back πŸ™‚ Happy Sunday!

  8. Amazing Marina! Your shots are always beautiful, colourful and inspiring. Makes me nostalgic for NYC while I am sitting at work on a grey, overcast Saturday in Brisbane. Have a great weeekend πŸ™‚

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