The bustle and high energy of Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park are one of Manhattan’s most visited places due to the high volume of restaurants, cafes and bars in the neighborhood.
The Greenwich Village Neighborhood is located just below 14th Street and north of Houston; within the overarching Greenwich Village there are several smaller neighborhoods like the Meatpacking District and West Village. The Village is most popular for its constant positive atmosphere and ambiance brought about by the many students from The New School and NYU who often frequent Washington Square Park as well as the many neighboring cafes. The greenery of the park as well as the availability of cafes and small restaurants make this neighborhood a highly sought out location to live in.
The Greenwich Village area is most renown for its trove of high-quality restaurants and unique experiences, with restaurants such as Carbone – a world famous Italian restaurant; Cafe Kluny – a truly unique twist on many french classic culinary choices; the Blue Note – one of the most referred to Jazz Clubs in the world for their constantly mind blowing live shows.
The name “Greenwich” originates in the Dutch given name for the neighborhood, which referred to the area as the Green District. In the 20th Century, the Greenwich Village Neighborhood was renown as an epicenter for many artistic personalities and celebrities and has still remained so to today.
Although the Greenwich Village is often referred to as a go-to spot for great restaurants and cafes, it is also an incredible location for shopping. There are many vintage stores tucked away in the side streets of the West Village, as well as some great designer and high quality fashion boutiques near the West side of the Greenwich Village; stores such as Sandro, Maje, Scotch & Soda and many more. There is also the infamous IFC Center and the Film Forum for the film enthusiasts; both locations often host premiere showings as well as Q&A’s with the cast and/or directors of their chosen films.
The Washington Square Park is one of the neighborhood’s true landmarks and great perks, with a constant influx of artists, painters, personalities and musicians, the park is guaranteed to never be predictable and always a joyful visit. The surrounding brownstones to Washington Square Park are also filled with artists and writers, as well as written in history for housing some of the world’s most infamous personalities such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and many others.