Greenwich Village is iconic NYC. Pick any movie or TV show that takes place in Manhattan and you will find at least one reference to the Village. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, with named streets and historic architecture that resembles London more than it does Midtown.
The Village has been home to New York University since 1831. It developed a reputation as a haven for artists and bohemians, even though world-class wealth also lived along Fifth Avenue. Today, Greenwich Village is a place where you can find something for everyone.
Greenwich Village is located to the east of 7th Avenue; north of Houston; south of 14th Street; and west of Broadway. It is roughly centered around New York University and Washington Square Park. In addition to NYU, the Village is also home to the New School, another elite and private research university, and the Parsons School of Design.
Broadway and 6th Avenue are the main commercial streets in the Village, while Fifth Avenue is more known for its elegant pre-war apartment buildings and single-family mansions. Affordable starter apartments can be found south of Washington Square Park, most notably on Thompson and Sullivan Streets. The Village is well-served by transportation, including the A, B, C, D, E, L, N, Q, R, 1, 2, and 3 trains. Union Square Park is located just north of the neighborhood’s border at 14th Street.
Another neighborhood, the West Village, was originally part of Greenwich Village but is considered a distinct neighborhood today. On the other hand, the East Village was never part of Greenwich Village. Its name comes from the many Village residents who moved east in search of more affordable real estate.