A Goodlife in the West Village

Feeling good in the neighborhood

Not sure if you knew, but the West Village of Manhattan is not a village. But it is cozy. And a stroll down Bleecker Street on a sunny day is a pretty nice amble. Maybe you’ve visited us there at The Whalebone Shop or even helped to open the freezer door when you heard knocking on the other side so Matt didn’t freeze to death. But the point is, if you are walking down Bleecker and through its cross streets these days, you’ll notice things are waking up.   

Places like Due West, Dante, some other really good grub, besides The Whalebone Shop and Goodlife Clothing, where they sell the kind of clothes that will compliment whatever style you’re going for. It keeps you cool throughout your day, both temperature wise and looks wise. So pretty perfect for strolling around the West Village in the spring. Dress it up, dress it down. Wear it to Sant Ambroeus or Due West. Same thing for both occasions. That’s pretty nice. And you’ll feel good about what you’re wearing—not only because of its versatility and comfort, but also because they have recently partnered with Green Tree Textiles to recycle old clothes for housing insulation to reduce their carbon footprint. Look good, feel good [about the responsibility of your clothes]. They even encourage you to drop off old apparel to them so they can recycle it and add it to the Goodlife Loop, extending your old favorite shirt’s lifetime with an entirely new purpose.  Doing good in the neighborhood. And well, beyond the neighborhood, too. 

What better way to spend a nice afternoon than strolling through the West Village, grabbing a nice slice of pie at John’s Pizza or maybe some bolognese from Sant Ambroeus. We hear Joe Jonas is a big fan. If you’ve had your fill of New York pizza, if that’s possible, Due West will treat you well with a  big ol’ burger. Or perhaps some Italian and a nice glass of wine from Dante will get those legs moving you up and down Bleecker Street. 

Maybe wine doesn’t fuel your mid-day shopping trip (but you are really missing out). We’re all different. If you’re more of a coffee person, Cafe Kitsune would be the place for you. Not just a coffee shop, but a part of Maison Kitsune from Paris. Sweets, the best French-pressed coffee you’ll taste, and just in case you change your mind, they have quite the wine list. They even go one further with their Super Naturel Wine Club. Not a bad gig.

I’m now considering moving to New York. 

This gets better. Hard to believe, we know. We know now that if you’ve read this far, you may be thinking, “Wow, why the hell didn’t I get my apartment in the West Village,”  or maybe even, “I’m now considering moving to New York,” (we hope this especially if you are the Whalebone graphic designer who we do not see enough of). Well, we have some good news for you. No, it’s not a completely furnished one-bedroom on the corner of Bleecker and Perry. That would be pretty nice though.

The good news is that if you’ve read this far and you head to Goodlife on Bleecker and mention this very article, you’ll get yourself a nice little goodie bag filled with some of their favorite things around the West Village. Things like socks, a limited edition NYC hat, a candle and 20 percent off at their Bleecker Street location. Not too shabby. Plus all the other nice places we mentioned are in the same spot. All the foods, all the drinks, all the shops. See you at Goodlife. Sorry we couldn’t help you with the apartment.

You can find all the places mentioned below. 

Goodlife Clothing
400 Bleecker St, New York City, NY 10014

Due West 
189 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

79-81 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

John’s Pizza
278 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Cafe Kitsune
550 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Sant Ambroeus
259 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014

Whalebone Shop
328 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10011