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West Village Neighborhood Guide

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Christopher Street in the West Village
Photo by Lauren M. Krauze

West Village Overview

Rich with preserved Landmarks, some of the first ever in New York City, the West Village retains a picturesque, tree-lined atmosphere in its "off-the-grid" layout that even confuses New York lifers. Famous for being a Bohemian outpost, the Village has become a great place for nightlife, restaurants, celeb-spotting, and shopping, as well as artistic endeavors.

West Village Boundaries

Bounded by the Hudson River on the west and Seventh Avenue on the east, extending north from Houston Street to 14th st.

West Village Transportation

Subway:
  • 14th Street – Eighth Avenue at Eighth Avenue; serving the A C E L trains
  • West Fourth Street – Washington Square at Sixth Avenue; serving the A B C D E F M trains
  • 14th Street at Seventh Avenue; serving the 1 2 3 trains
  • Christopher Street – Sheridan Square at Seventh Avenue; serving the 1 2 trains
  • Houston Street at Varick Street; serving the 1 2 trains
Bus:
  • The M21 goes cross-town on Houston Street.
  • The M1 and M6 run down Broadway.
  • The M1 runs back up Lafayette and the M6 up 6th Avenue.
  • The M20 runs up Hudson Street and down Varick Street.
  • The M8 runs from the East Village at East 10th St to the West Village at Christopher St.

West Village Apartments and Real Estate

Famous for its loft-style apartments, The West Village has seen an influx of families with small children. Travel further west towards the Hudson and find new condos and luxury apartment buildings with hefty price tags.
  • Average West Village Apartment Rental Fees: Studio/1-Bedroom, $2,000-$3,500+. 2-Bedroom, $4,000-$6,000+. Larger than 2-Bedroom, $6,000-$15,000+.
  • Average West Village Condo/Co-op Prices: Studio/1-Bedroom, $499,000-$2,200,000+. 2-Bedroom, $2,800,000-$4,000,000+. Larger than 2-Bedroom, $5,000,000-$10,000,000+.

West Village Schools

PS3 at 490 Hudson St, and PS 41 at 116 West 11th St both serve grades K-5. Private schools include The Little Red Schoolhouse for pre-K-8th Grade on Sixth Avenue at Bleecker Street and The Academy of St Joseph at 111 Washington Place.

West Village Essentials

  • 24-Hour ATMs
    • Duane Reade, 585 Hudson St at Bank St.
    • Bank of America, 4 West 4th St between West 10th and Christopher.
    • Chase Manhattan Bank, 302 West 12th St.
  • Post Office
    • 527 Hudson St, between West 10th St and Charles St
  • Police Precinct
    • 6th Precinct, 233 West 10th Street between Hudson and Bleecker Streets, 212-741-4811.
  • 24-Hour Pharmacies
    • Duane Reade, 585 Hudson St at Bank St, (646) 336-8491
  • Supermarkets and Delis
    • Gourmet Garage, 117 7th Avenue South, (212) 699-5980
    • The Food Emporium, 475 6th Avenue, (212) 242-9763
    • Gristedes, 3 Sheridan Sq, New York, NY, (212) 229-3893
    • D'Agostino, 666 Greenwich Street, New York, NY, (212) 463-0801
  • West Village Restaurants

    Celeb hotspot The Spotted Pig offers bistro food with a vibrant atmosphere. Pearl Oyster Bar and AquaGrill feature romantic, cozy-up type dining for some of the best seafood on the island. Laurent Tourondel's BLT Burger, one of several high-profile outposts all over the country, claims to have the best burgers in all 5 boroughs. For more upscale fare, Spice Market serves Thai fusion to beautiful people in a beautiful space.

    West Village Nightlife

    The West Village houses an eclectic mix of old New York classics and new Hotspots. For some of the vintage charm, try The Ear Inn, one of the city's first bars. The Duplex remains an area institution for show tunes and cabaret, while Art Bar is a place to drink PBRs with the hipsters. The IFC Theatre frequently shows art-house and/or quirky shows (Like R. Kelly's "Trapped In The Closet") well after midnight.

    One of the most historic places in the area is The Stonewall Inn, site of the notorious Stonewall riots of 1969, a much calmer bar-hangout now for the area's extensive gay and lesbian crowd.

    West Village Parks and Recreation

    Hudson River Park extends all along the West Side, featuring all sorts of activities. Smaller parks and green-areas such as Abingdon Square and Bleecker Playground offer usually quiet places to sit and enjoy a nice day.

    West Village Landmarks and History

    The West Village saw the early stages of New York City's extensive landmarking projects, and some of those are among the oldest in the city. Talk a walk down Barrow St to find the city's narrowest house, #75, built in 1873, or visit the site of the old U.S. Appraiser's warehouse, a bonafide National Historic Landmark, kept intact but now an upscale apartment building. James Renwick Jr's 200 year old first attempt at church architecture (before St Patrick's Cathedral), Grace Church, sits at 802 Broadway, right at the bend in the street.

    West Village Shopping Scene

    Bleecker Street has recently become a row of boutique and high end shops, including Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Lulu Guiness and Ralph Lauren. Specialty cheese shop Murray's and bakery Amy's Bread cover the gourmet food circuit. Indie aficionados should not miss Rebel, Rebel, House of Oldies and Generation Records for classic vinyl and vintage t-shirts.

    West Village By The Numbers:

    • Zip Code: 10014 - Manhattan Community District 2.
    • Population: 72,000.
    • Median Age: 40.
    • Average Household Income: $67,000.

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