Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Population: 22,779 people; population density 78,800 people per square mile (citywide 26,798 people per square mile)
Adjacent Neighborhoods: West Village, SoHo, East Village, Murray Hill
Public Transit: 4/5/6/L/Q (Union Square), A/B/C/D/E/F/M (West 4th St.), R/W (NYU/8th Street), 6 (Astor Place)
What’s Here?: There’s a reason NYU features Washington Square Park on its promo pictures many artists have walked under that great white arch. While soaring prices have transformed the artistic makeup of the Village (you’ll find more movie stars than starving artists here), there’s a still lot of artistic heart to this former bohemian mecca. A walk down Minetta Lane takes you from the best and possibly priciest burger in town at Minetta Tavern (be prepared for a lot of debate and taste-testing on this point!) to the decades-old Off Broadway Cherry Lane Theater. MacDougal’s Cafe Reggio or Cafe Dante allows you to spend hours lingering over a cup of coffee while you watch the urban single nightlife pass by. While many bars are overrun with NYU students during the school year, there are also hidden gems like the beer-centric 124 Rabbit Club, which is marked merely by a picture of a rabbit on the door. Lovers of music history will appreciate The Bitter End, New York’s oldest rock club, which still features artistic entertainment like the city’s hallmark Storytelling Slam, The Moth. For those looking to watch Woody Allen’s latest film, they’re likely to find it at the Angelika Film Center or the IFC. From Mario Batali’s Babbo, an older flagship of haute cuisine, to newer, hip restaurants such as Perla and Kin Shop, the Village is also a prime dining spot.
Flat or Tall?: Buildings in the Village are overwhelmingly pre-war (that’s World War II), though there is a small-but-growing number of mid-rise and high-rise luxury buildings.
History: First established as “Grin’wich” in the early 1700s, the Village was not originally part of what was considered New York City, which lay more to the south, until an epidemic of yellow fever forced city residents to move north. Greenwich’s artistic origins began in the avant-garde movement in the late 1800s when various theaters, newspapers, and art galleries made the Village their home. Since then, this small stretch of Manhattan has been the birthplace of many artistic milestones from the start of the Beatnik movement with Jack Kerouac and Allan Ginsberg to witnessing the career beginnings of rock legends like Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.
Activities: Coffee sipping, boutique shopping, pizza eating, music club hopping, indie film watching
Check it out: The Village’s famed Halloween Parade in October; it’s the largest of its kind in the country.