The West Village is the original corner of cool. Downtown charm is personified in lots of low-rise townhouses, and a unique serpentine layout of streets. West Village apartments vary from prewar luxury to modern rentals. To find your special 2 bedroom home in the West Village, contact Customer Service at (646) 522-2851.
Essentially, the West Village is the original Greenwich Village. The need for the modifier (“West”) is a relatively new thing resulting from the emergence of the Eastern counterpart, the East Village. There is a certain degree of ambiguity as to whether the West Village includes the area around 5th avenue and University Place (aka the Central Village).
West Village’s estimated population is 72,000. In lower Manhattan, the Village is bounded by 14th Street in the North to Houston Street and Fourth Avenue in the East to Seventh Avenue. Washington Square Park is the center of the Village with its large arch, marking the first presidential inauguration that took place in New York City.
The West Village currently is among the quietest and least dense neighborhoods in New York City. It is favored by professionals, models, actors, writers, directors and other members of the film community and the media.
The Village is more upscale than the East Village and is the original corner of cool, the closest any American neighborhood comes to a corner of Paris. This part of town has been home to artists and writers, nonconformists, entertainers, intellectuals, and bohemians since the turn of the 20th century. Downtown charm is personified in lots of low-rise townhouses, thumbnail size gardens, secret courtyards, and a wacky serpentine layout of streets.
Washington Square Park and the rows of townhouses around it with charming alleys behind them are the heart of the Village. This 9 ½ -acre park at the foot of Fifth Avenue is an oasis and circus combined, where skate boarders, jugglers, stand-up comics, sitters, strollers, sweethearts, chess players, fortune tellers, and daydreamers converge and commune.
Legendary streets such as McDougal, Astor Place, and Bleecker are lined with super-hip boutiques, delis displaying esoteric beers from around the globe, and cafes and restaurants of all stripes. It makes sense that New York University is in the Village, an area that has been home to some of the world’s most famous writers and artists.
At night West Village comes alive with sounds from late-night coffeehouses, experimental theaters, and music clubs. It’s certainly one of the best NYC neighborhoods to live in.