How is everyone?
I wrote this from New York, where almost all residents have been ordered to wait at home from tomorrow due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Today is the fifth day of waiting at home.
I am not the only one who misses peaceful days without any major worries. I especially miss my days of visiting my favorite Caffe Reggio every night, asking for my favorite cappuccino, and immersing myself in sketching my hobbies. When will you be able to return to Caffe Reggio?
Even in this situation, I will continue to write about my favorite street corner in New York along with the photos I was taking for the time being.
By the way, this picture is a scene that comes out of my favorite Caffe Reggio at night and looks southward on MacDougal Street passing in front of you. Colorful neon signs of retro font shines in front of you romantically. I’m always immersed in romantics by seeing this neon sign along MacDougal Street.
This area is called Greenwich Village, and it is a mecca for the “Beatniks” culture that colored youth culture from the 1930s to the 1960s. Cafes and live houses are a must in Beatniks culture. It was an energetic place where young people gathered every night to exchange opinions and debate, and to announce artistic activities such as poetry readings and live music. In this area and MacDougal Street, there were such cafes and live houses.
Most of the cafés and live houses at that time have disappeared, but one of the most famous live houses since that time was the neon sign “Cafe Wha?” The “Minetta Tavern” behind it is a restaurant that has been around since the Beat Generation. The restaurant was closed for a while, but recently reopened under the new owner.
I think Greenwich Village has completely changed its appearance since the Beat Generation era, but it’s not like anywhere else in Manhattan, it’s wrapped in hungry vibrancy and chaos, it has a real humanity in good and bad ways ,I love. Students from nearby New York University are also gathering and giving young energy.
The scenery emerges at MacDougal St, where noisy people come and go, without having to worry about the surroundings. It is such a street corner where time stops and you can slip back in time to the old Greenwich Village.
115 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
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