Greenwich Village, often simply referred to as “The Village,” offers a charming feel with tree-lined streets, eclectic shops and diverse restaurants. The neighborhood has over 1,000 preserved pre-Civil War buildings with original row houses, stables and architecture still in place. With a history rich with cultural uprisings, art colonies and immigrant communities, The Village provides a fascinating window into “old New York.” To this day, creative energy is everywhere, from music clubs to off-Broadway theaters to New York University.
Perhaps no other place in the country is better known for its art movement than the western part of Greenwich Village, aptly dubbed the West Village. The area served as a haven for artists, bohemians and countercultural lifestyles since the late 19th century, and although the residents are more upper class now, the vibe remains very eclectic.
The Village houses dozens of small but well-established playhouses, including the city’s oldest continuously running off-Broadway theater, The Cherry Lane Theatre, opened in 1924. Numerous small art galleries, jazz clubs, comedy clubs and indie movie theaters can also be found on nearly every block.
Greenwich Village’s storied Italian-American history is felt today in the neighborhood’s abundance of Italian eateries. Old-school favorites include Gene’s, Il Mulino, Volare and John’s of 12th Street. French bistros and inviting bakeries also run abound.
Read a book in Washington Square Park or take a stroll down West 10th Street, considered the most beautiful block in the city. You can even visit the homes of famous American poets like Edwin Arlington Robinson, Marianne Moore, Edna St. Vincent Millay and e. e. cummings, among others.
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