Welcome to West Village
A relaxed, sophisticated corner of Lower Manhattan
The West Village is effortlessly stylish. It has few office buildings, so it's tucked away from the bustle of Manhattan. Stroll down cobblestone streets to find one of the chic cafes that grace many corners here. The picturesque streets are full of small corners and hidden places, giving the neighborhood an intimate feel.
The West Village has a reputation as an urban bohemia. It has been the home of many great artists and thinkers throughout the decades, who collect in quaint coffee shops or create inside light-filled brownstones. There are many historic spots in The West Village, including The Stonewall Inn, and much of the neighborhood is composed of historic districts.
Because of the community’s desire to maintain the history of the West Village, homes here tend to be restored and maintained to reflect their heritage. The area is known for spectacular brownstones alongside co-ops and walk-ups. The well-maintained charm of its past makes the West Village a highly sought-after place to call home.
What to Love
- A serene pocket of Lower Manhattan
- Historic charm
- Cozy cafes and restaurants
- Gorgeous waterfront
The West Village is full of picturesque old-world charm and its days take on a laid-back pace. It’s close to the bustle of Manhattan and the charm of the waterfront while still feeling like a world of its own. Perfect for those who want to have access to the modern amenities of the city while enjoying the classic, sophisticated New York feel.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Upscale dining and charming boutiques dot the cobblestone streets of the West Village, adding to its chic charm and classic feel.
At Via Carota, diners partake in deeply appealing Italian fare from famed chefs. 4 Charles Prime Rib is an intimate supper club that takes after a lost time in New York history. Llama San is a Japanese-Peruvian restaurant with a warm, modern feel. Pizza equals love at Emily, a locally owned spot whose menu is intertwined with its owners’ love story. Don Angie is an updated Italian spot that serves classic dishes and cocktails. Corner Bistro is the last of the bohemian bars in the West Village, where you can reminisce about days gone by over bistro burgers and beers.
The West Village is dotted with quaint-yet-luxurious boutiques, many of which are on Bleecker Street. With shops like Naadam, Goorin Bros., and Something Navy, the West Village has something for all tastes and desires. Bleecker Street is also home to the delicious baked goods of the beloved Magnolia Bakery.
Things to Do
In the West Village, the quiet pace of life spills over into its recreation and notable spots. With plenty of green space along the river, summer here is a delight, but no matter the month, there is something fun and easy to do west of 6th Avenue.
Hudson River Park is four miles of glorious nature along the edge of the West Village. Take an outdoor fitness class or join a running club. Live music takes place here throughout the summer, and kids can learn about the river ecosystem at one of the park’s wetlab events.
Stroll through galleries and attend lectures and events in the gorgeous galleries of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Though the West Village doesn’t have as many as Greenwich Village, there are several live music clubs to be found here, including Smalls Jazz Club.
The West Village has some of the best public schools in Manhattan, but it is also home to many incredible private schools.
- PS 41, PK-5, often touted as the best elementary school in Manhattan
- PS 3, PK-5, established in the 1820s, this school is a model of progressive American education
- Barrow Street Nursery School, a progressive nursery school for children up to five years old
- Academy of St. Joseph, PK-8, a highly acclaimed, elite private school
- Notre Dame School, 9-12, a private, Catholic high school for girls
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