There is a wisteria on Christopher Street that has a nice bench in front of it. It is next to Le Petit Puppy. You can sit and watch the puppies roll around in their front windows. It is a nice place to rest your feet, made more pleasant by the shade from a wisteria vine that spans over the sidewalk.
Just a warning: the image after the jump is loooong.
Wisteria can be very invasive, with thick limbs that uproot fences and strangle trees. And they can be so beautiful... With the release of Harry Potter my mind can't help but imagine what this vine does when no one is looking. It looks like a sea creature that has crawled up from between the building to grab at the neighboring tree - or possibly a very cute puppy.
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