Living in Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village is world famous and that puts rentals here in great demand. Known as a bohemians' haven from the late 19th century on, "the Village," as it's known, has a distinctively artistic ambiance. It's primarily residential and live-and-let-live liberal. Greenwich Village runs from Broadway west to the Hudson River, between 14th Street in the north and Houston in the South. Streets here predate the Manhattan grid. Their curving and confusing nature set the neighborhood apart.
The Village's name comes from the Dutch Greenwijck, meaning "Pine District." It's been attracting artists for ages. The Hotel Albert, which opened in the 1880s, is a cultural icon. Everyone from Robert Louis Stevenson to Salvador Dali to Andy Warhol has taken shelter under its roof. America's first racially integrated nightclub, Café Society, was here. In the 1950s, the Beat Movement made the Village their East Coast home. Think Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. In the 60s came the folk musicians. That's Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel and more. Not enough? The Village was and is a center of the gay liberation movement. It may have gentrified and commercialized some, but the cachet of Greenwich Village has proven staying power.
Greenwich Village Lifestyle and Entertainment
The heart of Greenwich Village beats in Washington Square Park. Its famous arch welcomes students, street performers, and chess players alike. Other smaller parks dot the neighborhood, like the West Fourth Street Courts, called "the Cage." These basketball and handball courts sit atop the West 4th Street subway station! Nightlife in the area is hopping with clubs and music venues. The Cherry Lane Theater, New York City's oldest continuously running Off-Broadway theater, is here, too. If that's too formal for you, try some Off-Off-Broadway, a comedy club, or catch a movie at one of the area cinemas.
You'll find plenty of eating and drinking options in the Village. Family run restaurants and chains cater to all palettes. Some places even offer student discounts. College students dominate the area around NYU, particularly Bleecker Street with its funky shops, cheap eats, and notable nightspots. Everyday needs are also easy to meet here. You can find supermarkets, tailors, and more in Greenwich Village.
Greenwich Village Info and the Rental Market
Most of the rentals you'll find in the Village are either mid-rise apartments, 19th century row houses, or, occasionally, one-family walk-ups. The other possibility is to enroll in NYU and try for subsidized student housing! Living space is limited and you're likely to both pay more and get less in the area. One-bedrooms average either $3,251 or $4,270 depending on if the building has a doorman.
The Village is a residential neighborhood home to upper middle class families, artists, students, and celebrities. A lot of the buildings here are co-operatives and neighbors have a reputation for being helpful and friendly. Transportation options are great. You can get to many popular city locations on the subway in less than a quarter hour.
Greenwich Village Resources
Greenwich Village is famous for its Halloween parade, but it offers enticements year round. New York University, Hebrew Union College, and Cooper Union all fall in the boundaries of the Village. There are two elementary schools and a middle school in the neighborhood if you have younger students with you. There are plenty of postal stores, but the nearest US Post Office is either south of Houston on Varick Street or on Fourth Avenue and 11th Street. Greenwich Village falls into Manhattan Community District 2.
Greenwich Village Zip Codes
Zip codes serving Greenwich Village are 10003, 10012 and 10014.