In the West Village, hidden cobblestone blocks lined with 19th century townhouses and colonial brownstones create the sensation of stepping back in time. The streets of the West Village were laid out before a grid system was put it place for the city, and this maze-like layout encourages wandering and discovering. Around one corner is an intimate residential block reminiscent of a European neighborhood. Around another corner is an old speakeasy still discreetly inviting in passers-by.
Eat, Drink, and Clothe Mary
While the shorter streets are sprinkled with browse-worthy shops and low-key restaurants and bars, most of the neighborhood’s commerce is found on the longer streets that cut through the neighborhood. Chic boutiques line Bleecker Street. On Hudson St., an inviting array of sidewalk cafes and restaurants beckon. Christopher St. has a little bit of everything. First-rate ice cream tempts at Grom, and cheese at Murray’s. There are tequila bars, wine bars, cocktail bars, and one of the best craft beer bars in the city, Blind Tiger.
What a View!
The Hudson River Park offers a popular fountain, an esplanade, grassy piers, and an incredible view out to New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty as it passes through the West Village. Its bike path extends from the southern tip of Manhattan all the way up to the George Washington Bridge. Just north of the West Village, the Highline Park delivers an elevated view as it winds it’s way through Chelsea.
And the Living is Easy . . . and Pricey
The West Village is one of the most coveted neighborhoods in New York. For that reason, the brownstones, mid-rise co-ops, and walk-ups demand some of the highest prices in the city. Along the waterfront are sexy new buildings designed by top architects that command top dollar. Wealthy but laid back professionals and families populate this neighborhood.
It’s easy to get anywhere in the city from the West Village as most subway lines pass through.