About Lauren Ely

Lauren Ely prefers Astoria to Greenwich Village any day of the week, but can at least agree with Villagers that Brooklyn is overrated. She studied English and creative writing at Barnard College and presently works at The Morgan Library & Museum, both of which are decidedly north of Fourteenth Street.

The Village

 The first time I ventured into Greenwich Village — that quintessential New York City neighborhood, celebrated for being at once countercultural and culture-defining — it was for a cupcake. Tourists and locals alike used to line up around the block at Bleeker and West 11th, waiting up to two hours for a Magnolia’s vanilla-vanilla. (That’s vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting.) Today, however, we Uptowners don’t have to venture so far from home to get our hands on these gourmet … [Read more...]