Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Field Trip: The BEST of Bleecker Street, NYC

Bond No. 9
By: Daniela DiStefano

Bleecker just might be the best street in New York City and possibly the world. Wandering up and down this western strip of brownstones might be the greatest reason to take a trip to Manhattan.

With some of the top restaurants, food shops, beauty boutiques and clothing stores on the island, a trip to the big city is just not complete without exploring this lively and charming slice of the West Village. Feast your eyes on the most coveted destinations on the Bleecker block. 
West of Christopher Street Bleecker becomes boutique alley, and one chic designer shop follows another. Neck strains are inevitable as you find yourself zigzagging across the street in and out of namesakes such as Burberry, Marc Jacobs, James Perse, Cynthia Rowley, Mulberry, Intermix, Juicy Couture and Lulu Guinness.

Nars' sleek interior
Don’t forget to pause and admire the front windows, because some of these shop displays are postcard-perfect. The retail boom on this side of town doesn’t stop with high-end handbags and blouses, as some of the most coveted cosmetics brands have set up shop on the strip to offer their iconic products and expert associates. Cult favourites, NARS, M.A.C, L’Occitaine, Bond No 9 NYC, Fresh and diptyque Paris will make a beauty-fanatic even out of the most skeptic shoppers.

Marc Jacobs does books
Interior of Bookmarc

Getting There
Bleecker Street is served by the 4 and 6 trains at Bleecker Street station. Southbound (downtown) passengers can transfer to the Broadway – Lafayette Street station for service on the B D F M trains. The 1 2 trains serve the Christopher Street – Sheridan Square station is one block north of Bleecker Street.

Daniela DiStefano is a Toronto-based freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter @ddeestefano or check out her blog, Making it to the Masthead


  1. BookMarc?! oh my gosh, how cute! I believe Carrie Bradshaw supposedly lived in the Bleeker area, am I right?

  2. Yes she did! She lived on Perry Street right around the corner from the Magnoila Bakery on Bleecker.