Welcome to Greenwich Village
The ideal spot for artistic types who want to soak up culture, art, shopping and excellent food
Greenwich Village is one of New York's most historically rich neighborhoods, and currently among the most highly coveted in Manhattan. Once a haven for bohemians in earlier decades, the eye-catching architecture spans all eras and speaks to those who seek a more eclectic residence, such as Emma Goldman, Edgar Allan Poe, Jackson Pollock and Bob Dylan. But while the neighborhood has long attracted artists, writers, musicians, and actors, nowadays those with much deeper pockets make up a good portion of the demographic. Greenwich Village is home to excellent shopping, dining, nightlife, cultural institutions, and top schools and services. The bulk of New York University's campus is within this neighborhood's boundaries, so there is also a large student population.
Greenwich Village is bordered on the north by Chelsea and Union Square, on the east by NoHo, on the south by SoHo, and on the west by the West Village. Some say the area has everything one could possibly need or want but those who wish to travel further out have easy access to several subway lines (including the L train to Brooklyn) and a quick commute to the Financial District.
What to Love
- Artistic, eclectic and a haven for creative-types
- Dynamic, bustling and lively
- More laid-back than uptown but still rubbing shoulders with A-Listers
Greenwich Village may be considered the “artsy brother” in the Manhattan real estate game but the price tag here remains high. This coveted neighborhood is home to driven professionals, creative thinkers, and motivated doers. Although you’ll find convenient access to all of the city’s offerings, you’ll find everything you need is nearby in Greenwich Village. This hub of artistry and invention captivates its residents.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Greenwich Village has some of the finest eateries in New York, including of course, the most sought-after Italian reservation in the city: Carbone. This high-end take on red-sauce fare is a popular dinner spot for many high-profile diners, so you’ll want to call ahead if you hope to secure a table. Try Jane, an American bistro located between Greenwich Village and Soho for straightforward, seasonal fare that New York Magazine has called “cleverly tweaked but unpretentious American cuisine.” You could also check out Minetta Tavern for their old school charm and cozy atmosphere amongst a world class Michelin-star menu. For a casual spot and hidden gem, The Uncommons is Manhattan’s first board-game cafe and a buzzy spot for those seeking light bites along with competitive play.
As with most New Yorkers, you’ll soon add Murray’s Bagels into your morning routine after you try their fresh lox, perfectly toasted bagels, and delicious egg sandwiches. Truly the best spot for a quick bite on the way to work!
Things to Do
Washington Square Park is the crown jewel of Greenwich Village and the home of a dog park, a children’s park, a place to eat lunch, a protest site, a parade ground and so much more. This park is the focal point of the neighborhood and the glue that ties it all together.
New York Village Halloween Parade, also known as “New York’s Carnival”, is an annual holiday event on the night of every Halloween. The parade was initiated in 1974 by Greenwich Village puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee and is the world’s largest Halloween parade.
The Anjelika Theater is a popular haunt for new indie & foreign films; you can often catch a film there you would never see otherwise and discuss it after with intellectuals and art-lovers alike. Another popular spot for similar types is Strand Bookstore, the world-famous NYC bookstore right at the corner of Greenwich Village and NoHo - it’s a must-visit for sure.