Welcome to Greenwich Village
The soul of New York City
Welcome to the heart, soul, and spirit of lower Manhattan! This is the famed area of the bohemian lifestyle of the 1960s, and much of that quality, culture, and excitement still exists today. Even its layout echoes “bohemia” because the 18th-century street pattern dominates and has a meandering feel as opposed to the strict grid pattern in the rest of Manhattan. That meandering feel is what made, and still makes, Greenwich Village famous and desirable. It draws artists, performers, poets, and singers. Famous people who have lived here include Mark Twain, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Andy Warhol.
Greenwich Village’s avant-garde culture continues unabated into the 21st century with art galleries, museums, experimental Off-Off-Broadway theater, and political activism. It’s peppered with comedy clubs, bars and nightclubs, fine-dining restaurants and cafes, unusual boutiques, and specialty stores. The historic and iconic Washington Square Park, with its famous fountain and arch, is still the hangout place for students, performers, chess players, and sunbathers. The housing in Greenwich Village includes old brownstones, exclusive doorman buildings, prewar walkups, row houses, and high-rise luxury condominiums on Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue.
What to Love
- Washington Square Park with its festivals, performers, and community events
- Excellent public transportation with trains going throughout NYC
- Dozens of art galleries, museums, and theaters
- Excellent public schools and private education
- Countless fine-dining restaurants, delis, cafes, and lounges
- Sense of community and desire to maintain historical landmarks
Greenwich Village is a walker’s paradise; anything the residents need is at their fingertips. Daily use of a car is completely optional, as is owning a car at all. Washington Square Park is the dynamic core of this exciting and vibrant community. On any given day, you can find singers, performers, poets, lecturers, and musicians peddling their ware and art. Life itself becomes a performance in which the people-watching residents play a part. When more is desired, it’s a quick 20-minute train ride to Wall Street or Grand Central Station.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Olio é Più is the real deal with handmade pasta and a wood-fired oven for authentic Italian cuisine. Try their Fettuccine Tartufo for a taste of Italian paradise. If you crave Middle Eastern Food in a casual environment, head straight to Mamoun’s Falafel and have a world-famous Falafel or Shawarma. At Pommes Frites, they do one thing only, and that’s French fries. It’s the sauce that’s unique—truffle, chocolate, roasted garlic, samurai, etc.—and any kind of poutine you can imagine.
As for shopping, this is New York City, with the world's most famous shopping districts. Even the staunchest fashionista would need a lifetime to see it all. However, for something out of this world, do try Aedes Perfumery for fragrances and skin care straight from heaven. At Screaming Mimi’s Vintage boutique, the sky’s the limit for the most amazing vintage clothing, accessories, and costumes imaginable, and the clientele is often exclusive.
Things to Do
Head down to Pier 45 Hudson River Park for its open greenspace, promenade river walk, salsa classes, and free summer concerts. The Duplex is “NYC's longest running Cabaret and popular piano bar” with 365 days of entertainment, live music, open mic, and theater with a cocktail menu and café that will keep you coming back for more. The Village Vanguard jazz club has been the place to go for jazz in an intimate atmosphere since the 1950s.
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