The question is never: “Why would anyone live in Greenwich Village?” The question is always: “Why wouldn’t anyone want to live in one of New York City’s most beautiful and historic neighborhoods?”
This tony enclave in Lower Manhattan has a storied history from the stomping grounds of greats like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Joan Rivers to the hub of high-end culture it is today, the Village has a lot to offer almost anyone with discerning taste and a penchant for classic New York architecture where newer buildings like 21 East 12th Street add to the vibrant streetscape.
If you’re not familiar with the Greenwich Village, it’s time to acquaint yourself.
Located downtown in New York City, the area is one of Manhattan’s most unique locales for two reasons: As a conglomerate of old farms and estates cobbled together without regard for urban planning, the streets here are a winding windfall of whimsy where there’s something for everyone. Meander the sometimes serpentine blocks that even dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers can’t navigate without opening up a map app and fall in love with its tree-lined streets paved with cobblestone and trodden by some of the chicest New Yorkers.
Thanks to the Village’s lack of Manhattan schist—a hard rock that makes up the majority of the bedrock in most other parts of the island—Industrial-era NYC builders realized quickly that they couldn’t dig deep into this part of Manhattan. That means today, the West Village is one of the few locations in the city where you won’t find a glass-faced skyscraper, instead nature ensures that the Village is strictly low-rise. There is brownstone after brownstone adding a European charm to this very American city.
Perhaps there’s no place more intricately enmeshed in modern culture than the West Village. In the 1960s, this neighborhood gave rise to American folk music and was the epicenter of the scene. Along Mcdougall Street, establishments like Cafe Wha fostered burgeoning music and comedic talent that we still regard highly. Today the Village stands as a bastion of art and culture. And the Cherry Lane Theater is host to some of the city’s most original works of theater. If the arts aren’t to your taste merely walking down the picturesque sidewalks and viewing the artful display of West Village residents pass by is always a source of entertainment.
Since the middle of the century, the West Village has been home to some of the best restaurants in the world. Whether a small foodie-centric hole-in-the-wall or a large-scale eatery, this area has been a place that the world’s most renown chefs prefer to open their restaurants. The best part is that at any time of day, you can indulge in some of the greatest culinary delights in the world. For example, the intimate yet endlessly delicious Buvette is an all-day hangout for West Village regulars, where they serve small bites from breakfast to well after dinner, We recommend sinking your teeth into a cheesy and crisp croque monsieur. For lighter fare, those “in the know” will point you to Sushi Nakazawa where you’re treated to some of the freshest and tastiest sushi in the world. From burgers to branzino, the Village has got it.
Are you a fashionista or just someone who likes well-made clothes? Walk up and down Bleecker Street, and you’re sure to find the latest fashions by some of the most of-the-moment designers. On this storied street, you’ll find clothing procedures like Scotch & Soda, Faherly, and Reiss Bleeker.
You’ll need to find the perfect outfit for your night out in the West Village since this is the spot to sip a cocktail as you chat and catch up with your friends. For an intimate evening in plush surroundings, we recommend Entwine, a Village staple that serves some of the most delicious rosé and in-between-drinks Mediterranean snacks. For a true NYC-style party head to the Boom Boom Room atop The Standard.