Living in the West Village
If you're looking to rent an apartment in the West Village, you'll have competition. This popular neighborhood is among the most desirable in the city. West Greenwich Village, usually just called "the West Village," ranges from 14th Street down to Houston, and from either Sixth or Seventh Avenue over to the Hudson River. It's primarily residential, but there's room for fabulous restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Stroll the cobblestones with the crowds and do some celebrity spotting. Just watch out for the Sex in the City tour bus.
Back in 1916, this section of Manhattan was known as "Little Bohemia." While it maintains some of that Bohemian vibe, people of all types chose to live in and visit the West Village. The neighborhood's streets, confusingly, don't match the rest of the city grid. They were laid out before the Commissioners' Plan of 1811. Even streets with numbers, such as West 4th, won't match up with other numbered streets here. Enjoy the unique neighborhood feel this inspires, but don't get lost!
West Village Lifestyle and Entertainment
The West Village boasts some of the city's choicest eating, drinking, and shopping establishments. For culinary delights, try the Spotted Pig, one of the original American gastropubs. If you want to eat and run, Murray's sells a cornucopia of cheese. Magnolia Bakery can claim to have started the cupcake craze, too. Up at the north end of the neighborhood, the Meatpacking District is full of chic boutiques and nightclubs.
For wetting your whistle, the White Horse Tavern is where Dylan Thomas has his last drinks. There's also Café Wha? where Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix both got their starts. Also of note is the Stonewall Inn. This is the bar where the gay liberation movement kicked off with a riot in 1969. It, and the neighborhood, still serves as a magnet for the gay community.
In terms of entertainment, Village Vanguard is the jazz club to hit. Come early with a reservation to get a seat. The Cherry Lane Theatre is the oldest continuously running off-Broadway theater. The West Village also has excellent parks. An elevated section of railway track that's been transformed into the innovative High Line park starts here. Along the river, Hudson River Park is Manhattan's second largest.
West Village Info and the Rental Market
Townhouses, brownstones, deco-era apartments, row houses, classic artists' lofts, and even some modern high-rises shelter West Village residents. Prices are high but people are willing to pay for an address here. Studio and one-bedrooms range from $1,800 to over $3,000.
Transportation in the West Village is plentiful. The area is well served by subway lines. It's a neighborhood that welcomes artists, students, families, and businesspeople. Many here are on the affluent end of the scale, but not all.
West Village Resources
There's a branch of the New York Public Library at Jefferson Market. The Church of St. Luke in the Fields can be found on Hudson Street. This Episcopal church is famous for its choir. It also recently served as the setting for the 2008 film Doubt. There are two elementary schools and one middle school in Greenwich Village. Manhattan Community Board 2 serves the neighborhood.
West Village Zip Codes
The West Village is primarily in the 10014 zip code.