Dotted with beautiful residential buildings and historic spaces that recall the days of the beatnik generation, Greenwich Village presents a classier version of downtown cool. The centerpiece of the neighborhood is Washington Square Park where crowds are entertained by a daily array of performances and events as well as the occasional demonstration. Purple flags flying on many buildings south and east of the park proclaim the presence of New York University. Exquisite full-service pre-war co-ops, grand mansions, and brownstones occupy the somewhat quieter streets north of the park.
Culture, Cafés and Much, Much More
Included among the many retail establishments south of the park are some landmarks of 1960s cultural history which still offer opportunity to creative individuals. Places like Café Wha?, where Bob Dylan got his start, and The Bitter End, the oldest rock and roll club in the city, continue to serve up music nightly. Poets and writers, both 50 years ago and today, gather at the Strand bookshop to browse miles of books or listen to a reading.
This cultural affinity has given birth to many newer locales as well. The Angelika Film Center and the IFC screen independent and foreign films. An eclectic mix of musical styles can be discovered at dozens of small bars and venues like Le Poisson Rouge or Zinc Bar. The Comedy Cellar and The Joffrey Ballet School are a few more examples of the many cultural possibilities in Greenwich Village.
There are tons of eating and drinking options in this hopping hood. Many pop-in restaurants offer a quick, delicious bite: falafel at Mamoun’s, bahn mi at Num Pang. Upscale dining is also available at top tier establishments like Gotham Bar and Grill or Minetta Tavern. There is a bar for every preference.
Greenwich Village attracts everyone from students to professionals to families, and the popularity and central location of this neighborhood are reflected in the high prices. Pre-war walk-ups can be slightly more affordable, but still command a higher price than the citywide average.
The neighborhood is also served by the PATH train.