Greenwich Village derives its name from an actual village—a farming hamlet in colonial times on the northern outskirts of a much-smaller New York City. As NYC grew, Greenwich Village evolved as the “cultural soul” of lower Manhattan—a favorite haunt for intellectuals, artists, writers, troubadours and the counter-culture in general. Even today, Greenwich Village holds onto much of its heritage—home to NYU and The New School, the fabled Washington Square Park, the famous Café Wha, amazing architecture, vibrant nightlife, and of course, some of the most desirable real estate in all of Manhattan.
Loosely bordered by Houston Street to the south, 14th Street to the north, and 3rd and 6th Avenues to the east and west, Greenwich Village is basically central to everything. The real estate here is mainly a blend of historic brownstones, pre-war walk-ups and luxury doorman buildings, often with more square footage than in other parts of the city. Residents love stepping out into the neighborhood’s walkable, tree-lined streets dotted with bookstores, arthouse cinemas, boutique shopping and sidewalk dining. There’s always something to see in Washington Square Park, and you’ll commonly run across a jazz trio or classical pianist performing just a stone’s throw away from a peaceful demonstration in front of the Washington Arch. Just below the park sits the center of village nightlife—a cluster of crowded eateries, pubs and clubs, including world-renowned venues like the Blue Note and the Comedy Cellar.