The heartbeat of Lower Manhattan where the free-spirited and the industrious come to work hard and play harder
Subdivided into the areas of Greenwich Village, East Village, and West Village, the overarching umbrella community of The Village is bounded by the Hudson River to its west and the neighborhood of Chelsea to its north. Though all cohesive in their sense of energetic bustle and classic NYC feel, all three segments of The Village come with their own distinct vibe.
West Village is known for its picturesque, cinematic feel that radiates from a multitude of facets—the well-dressed residents, the historic colonial brownstones, and the arbored streets could all easily serve as idyllic backgrounds.
Though quieter and quaint by day, East Village has a lively late-night crowd, drawn by the neighborhood’s thriving bar scene and accessible clubs.
In Greenwich, the Washington Square Park serves as the pulse for the neighborhood, and the area’s steady energy is accompanied by the creative spirit of its residents. A long-standing haven for the rebellious at heart, The Village is known as one of the birthplaces of the beatnik generation of writers and counter-culture leaders such as Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Bob Dylan.
Housing in The Village is just as diverse as its residents and can vary depending on which section of the neighborhood you’re in. East Village has an abundance of pre-war walkups, while brownstones and doorman buildings are plentiful in Greenwich. West Village is particularly known for the beauty of its brownstones, though the area also has plenty of co-ops and walk-ups to choose from, too. While pricing can be expensive in The Village, the central location and incredible lifestyle are well worth it.
What to Love
- Adjacent to Union Square, easy access to Midtown Manhattan
- An inviting neighborhood atmosphere where local shops and unique restaurants are in high supply
- An expansive farmers market and frequent opportunities to mingle with neighbors
- A busy and active daytime that’s accompanied by a dynamic nightlife
People & Lifestyle
The Village have the best of both worlds—the hustle of NYC and the friendly personality of a much smaller community. Its bohemian history of beatniks and artists lends itself to a population of driven creators, happy to push the neighborhood in stylish and innovative ways.
Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment
In a neighborhood as hip and trendy as The Village, it’s impossible to turn a corner and without running into a great local shop or eatery boasting niche goods or to-die-for fare behind unassuming storefronts. Whether you’re enraptured while watching the chocolate-making processes behind the window of stores like Jacques Torres Chocolate or purchasing a one-of-a-kind vintage find at boutiques such as Duo NYC, shoppers are invited to explore a world of exciting retail in The Village.
Just as each portion of The Village comes with its own character, it also comes with its own host of restaurants. The resulting array of dining options is dazzling, and everything from authentic international fare to indulgent sweet treats can be found on almost every city block. Tucked beneath The High Line, The Standard Biergarten is packed with delicious craft beers and innovative brews, as well as a menu full of beer-friendly cuisines like sausages and soft pretzels. If wine is your drink of choice, you’ll want to be sure to dine in at L’Artusi, whose savory Italian fare pairs perfectly with its impressive wine menu.
Some of the city’s best Indian cuisine is served at Rahi, an upscale venue whose focus is on perfecting the regional stylings of one of the most flavorful international foods. West Village’s Perry Street is a remarkable venue of laid-back opulence, and the food successfully blends facets of Asian, American, and French cuisines to produce awe-inspiring dishes. Bus Stop Cafe is the epitome of a beloved neighborhood joint, and the cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery have brought the location city-wide fame.
Things To Do
Within its boundaries, The Village contains the notable Meatpacking District, whose present-day status as a fashionista’s oasis is exhibited through the presence of high-end designer boutiques for names like Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Christian Louboutin, and countless others.
While you’re in the Meatpacking District, The Whitney Museum of American Art is an absolute must-visit. The museum has a special focus on living American artists, though its collection runs the gamut of the twentieth century and contemporary American art. The nearby Museum of Illusions is another great stop, particularly for the young at heart who want to infuse a little fun into their day.
Parks are abundant in The Village, and two of the most highly-visited green spaces apart from the Washington Square Park are Jackson Square Park and Abingdon Square Park. Both are some of the city’s oldest parks, and though small, they serve as a getaway in the middle of an urban thrum.