Greenwich Village is the hip spot every artist, actor, and activist dream of living in. From 14th to Houston, hugged by the Hudson River and Broadway, this area is extremely popular with NYU students, faculty, and young professionals. The establishments here are popular with every New Yorker and visitor, meaning there's always something to do in this trendy neighborhood.
Greenwich Village was not originally part of New York City. Dutch Settlers and a formerly enslaved black population, liberated after the first legal protest to take place in America, used the land for tobacco farms. After New Netherlands was conquered by the British in 1664, they left Greenwich as its own hamlet, separate from New York City.
The name “Greenwich” first appears in NYC city records in 1713, meaning it was likely incorporated into the rest of the city around that time. After the American Revolution, Greenwich was the site of multiple city facilities such as New York’s first penitentiary. It closed in 1829, and housing was built in the area, slowly gaining popularity throughout the 1800’s.
In the 1900’s, Greenwich Village became known for its artistic residents and advocating for social change. Many avant-garde artists and movements took place in the neighborhood, as did the Stonewall Riots, a major turning point in the Gay Liberation Movment taking place in the West Village subsection. These events solidified the neighborhood's reputation as a progressive haven for those who reject commercial and societal norms.
Buildings here have a tendency to be a bit shorter than the rest of Manhattan. Most don’t go above six stories. While several high rises have popped up in recent years, most buildings, save for some of NYU’s facilities, are shorter residences, bars, restaurants, and theaters.
Though not as “Bohemean” as it was in the past, Greenwich Village is still known for its young, progressive population. This area is packed with students and young professionals. Being close to NYU means there are a ton of performance venues, bars, and parks. There’s always a high energy feel to this neighborhood.
Some streets are quieter than others, but most of the area is vibrant. There’s always something happening here whether you’re talking about cultural events, city events, or protests. Active is the best word to describe Greenwich Village.
Greenwich Village is extremely safe, with a ton of access to schools and hospitals. There are also a lot of museums and outdoor spaces to keep kids entertained. That said, this area is full of college students and new graduates. Bars and events keep this area packed at all times. If you don’t mind the noise, then Greenwich will be a good spot for your family. However it’s not for everyone.
The New York City subway system provides great access to Greenwich Village. The 1, 2, 3, A, B, C, D, E, F, and M trains provide access to the majority of the neighborhood. The N, Q, R, and W trains provide access to the eastern part of the neighborhood, including NYU. The L provides access to the northern part of the neighborhood.
Biking is extremely popular in Greenwich Village. There’s miles of bike lanes, making the neighborhood easy to navigate. There’s also a large number of Citi Bike docking stations for your convenience.
Driving can be difficult in this area. There’s not much in the way of parking, and many of the streets are tight with a decent amount of traffic during rush hour.
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Greenwich Village is located within 10003. This area currently has 56,767 residents in 27,258 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 32.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 6.00% have graduated from high school, 43.06% have a bachelor's degree, and 36.77% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 63.5% and the median income in this zipcode is $100,791.
At least 69.58% of those living in this zipcode are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 26 minutes.
Geographically, 10003 is a part of New York County, New York. This county is currently home to 1,634,989 residents, or 753,385 households with a median income of $75,513. New York County, New York residents have a median age of 37 and 76.86% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, New York County, New York is a part of the greater New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area is currently home to a population 18,812,161 across 6,707,347 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $68,319 and median age of 38. In general, at least 50.07% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.