I like passing through because it reminds me of when I was a student living in the neighborhood. I don't like passing through because the neighborhood is much seedier than it used to be. Actually, it was pretty seedy then too; I guess I just didn't notice it so much when I was younger.
It does have a Yarn Door, which is hard to pass by without stopping in.I told my husband that Depth of Field has an amazing magnetic force that makes it impossible to resist.
And there's Palmer's Bar, which is not a bar I frequented in the old days, but I do remember going there once with a friend of a friend; a frat boy from Union College who beat the locals at pool. It was a fun outing. A few weeks ago, as I was passing Palmer's, a guy was thrown out the door rather unceremoniously. There were two women walking in front of me who were covered, and then this guy reeking of alcohol was thrown out of the bar, and then I passed by.
I enjoy the great variety of people that you can still find on the West Bank.