West Village

The Artistic Neighborhood Famous for its Bohemian Culture

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The West Village - Where is it?

When we talk about the Village in New York, we are talking about the Greenwich Village and / or the West Village. The West Village borders the Chelsea districts to the north, NoHo and the East Village to the south / east, and Chinatown and TriBeCa to the south.

Map of West Village

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Visiting the  West Village

The neighborhood is predominantly residential, with a multitude of small restaurants, shops, boutiques, coffee shops and services. The price of residential properties for sale near the West Village are among the most expensive in the United States, many famous people, actors and singers have decided to move their primary residence to this neighborhood.

You will find the West Village very pleasant to walk around with its tree-lined streets, the typical brick Townhouses, the whole neighborhood has been set of many famous movies and TV series like Friends and Sex and the City. There are guided tours created to bring you around exploring all these famous places and have the opportunity to listen directly from your guide tales and experiences of those who live the city, along with useful tips for your stay.

What to visit in the West Village

Here a list of places and things you should not miss in the West Village.
  • Washington Square Park, you will remember it in so many famous movies! Rich in flowerbeds and trees, the two most photographed features are the Washington Arch and the large fountain. There are many areas dedicated children playing time, and the famous area dedicated to the game of chess. Two large statues to commemorate George Washington and Giuseppe Garibaldi are also found here.
  • The Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library is located at 425 Sixth Avenue, on the west corner of 10th Street. Born as the Palace of Justice 1874-1877, it was designed by the architect Frederick Clarke Wither. It was turned into a library in 1958.
  • The High Line Park, the former freight train line now transformed into an elevated public park in the middle of New York.
  • The St. Luke in the Fields Church is an Episcopal Church founded in 1820 at 487 Hudson St. with a beautiful adjacent Park.
  • The Stonewall Inn is located at No.53 Christopher St. It is the most famous site related to the Stonewall riots of 1969, the most important event that led to the gay liberation movement in the United States.
  • The Village Vanguard at 178 7th Ave S, is a jazz club opened February 22, 1935, by Max Gordon.
  • The new Whitney Museum of American Arts located in the West Village. The Whitney, as it is nicknamed, was founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Its permanent collection includes more than 21,000 works. The new museum is the work of the renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano.

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