Often referred to by the New Yorker’s as simply “The Village”, Greenwich Village is lovely residential neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan. The neighborhood is bordered by Broadway to the east, the Hudson River to the west, Hudson Street to the south, and 14th Street to the north, and roughly centered around Washington Square and New York University. The neighborhoods surrounding it are the East Village and NoHo to east, SoHo to the south, and Chelsea to the north.
Once considered the Bohemian capital and the birthplace of the Beat movement in New York City, Greenwich Village is a gentrified neighborhood that is still define by its alternative culture. “The layout of the neighborhood symbolizes Greenwich Village’s dual personality: the widespread grid pattern of the east collides with the haphazard pattern in the west”, that is according to roomlynyc.com
Although rising housing costs have pushed many of the Greenwich Village’s original artists and musicians to other boroughs, the Village still has its independent culture. Occupants live in the apartments downtown of the NYU University Campus, where hip cafes, bars, performance venues and progressive attitudes proliferate. Well-heeled others live in the row houses and mid-rise apartments that surround the neighborhood.
Washington Square Park is the heart of Greenwich Village located at the foot of Fifth Avenue and its impressive Arch. This is where folksingers such as Richie Havens and Phil Ochs and chess players held court.
Greenwich Village is home to numerous universities, such as NYU, The New School and Copper Union, where students can be seen at all hours. NYU dormitories and buildings surround newly landscaped Washington Square Park.
Landmark Buildings and Distinguished Addresses