Downtown NYC has an incomparably rich and glamorous history and culture—SoHo, a fashion and art mecca, is the birthplace of the American art scene; the West Village has been home to some of the greatest artists and writers of the last century; and Tribeca plays very willing host to the Tribeca Film Festival. If you live in the 70 Charlton condos, at the intersection of these destination neighborhoods, you become a part of that culture. With your phone or camera in hand, you can keep a film still-worthy visual record of your days in the city and trace the mythic lives that have made New York what it is, while “living”—and photographing—all those Insta-ready haunts, making them the scenes of your own New York story.
From the 70 Charlton condos in West SoHo, you can stroll to Washington Square Park and get that perfect shot of the sun streaming through the Washington Square Arch. Snap a picture of the arch’s sculpture of George Washington Accompanied by Fame and Valor with Instagram’s warm “Kelvin” filter for that historical patina. From here, walk west to Jones Street between Bleecker and West Fourth, where you can recreate the candid shot of Bob Dylan strolling with his girlfriend down a West Village street for the album cover for The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
Walk south to the Odeon to capture a picture of its iconic neon-signed exterior. This restaurant inspired a spread in Vanity Fair in 2008 that celebrated its myth-making, star-studded history: “A neon-lit promise of excitement on Tribeca’s then dark streets, the Odeon was the restaurant that defined New York’s 80s: a retro haven for the likes of Warhol and Basquiat, De Niro and Belushi.” These days, you might run into Lena Dunham, who recently had herself tattooed with an image of the restaurant’s sign.
A perfect way to tap into the cultural and architectural history of the most charming West Village streets is to photograph poet Edna St. Vincent Millay’s famously tiny house on Bedford Street or the house at 107 Bank Street where avant-garde composer John Cage lived for a time with dancer-choreographer Merce Cunningham.
A visit to Dominique Ansel Bakery, the birthplace of the game-changing “Cronut” pastry, gives your Instagram or Facebook feed that cosmopolitan feel you get when New York channels the culinary heights of Paris and gives them a New York twirl.
For more New York City food-as-art shots, head to Sushi Nakazawa to order the 20-course omakase meal from Chef Daisuke Nakazawa, the protégé of Jiro from the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Frame a shot of bigfin reef squid alongside golden pearls of roe and sea urchins for a still life that encapsulates the exquisite culinary worlds that await you as a denizen of West SoHo and New York.
Living so close to the water means that the river is a part of your daily life at 70 Charlton. Although the views from your apartment and the street will always be eye-catching, you will also want to catch the angle of city views you can only get from the kayaks that you rent at the New York Kayak Company in Hudson River Park. From your perch on the water on the city’s edge, you can aim your phone or camera at the skyline at sunset and capture another mythic day for Instagram, for posterity, and for the simple fact that every Downtown moment at or near 70 Charlton can seem like a scene from a grand movie or a work of art.