New York, New York. Those from out of town perhaps think of towering high-rises, angry traffic, and pavements packed with commuters; a concrete jungle. New Yorkers, however, know where to look for the quieter slices of city life. As well as those busy streets, the city offers the chance for the lost wanderer to stumble on the picturesque and very much Instagrammable.
1. Minetta Street – Greenwich Village
Shaded with trees and lined with the traditional facades of 19th-century buildings, Minetta Street is the perfect refuge from the hectic flow of Greenwich Village. The street was once home to partially freed slaves who set up dwellings along the Manette Brook, that flowed into the Hudson. Town planning ambitions of the 19th century led to the brook being built over, but you can still see the bend in the road that follows its flow underneath.
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2. Washington Street – Dumbo
You’ve probably seen this next one pop up on various Instagram feeds – and for good reason. Washington Street in Dumbo is the most quintessential New York street scene in the city. The name Dumbo, is an acronym for, Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It was listed as the city’s 90th Historic district in 2007.
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3. Prospect Park West – Brooklyn
Skirting the edge of Prospect Park, from Grand Army Plaza to Bartel-Pritchard Square, this stretch shows off how the other half lives. The leafy green streets boast multi-million dollar brown houses which have provided the backdrop to many movies including The Wolf of Wall Street.
Image Credit: @prospect_park
4. Marlborough Rd – Ditmas Park.
The picturesque neighbourhood of Ditmas Park is the very definition of sleepy suburbia. Marlborough Road is just one of the many streets offering some serious house-porn. Huge free-standing houses, complete with large porches, are the norm here – add them to your wish list.
Image Credit: @sycamorebklyn
5. Convent Avenue – Harlem
This quiet tree-lined walkway gives you the time to savour your surroundings, without worrying about face-planting an oncoming vehicle. It runs through Hamilton Heights and the City College campus, and is home to historic homes that were supposedly graced by musicians like Duke Ellington and Jimmy Rushing.
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