Downtown Central, from Houston Street to 14th Street, from the Bowery to Seventh Avenue.
Greenwich Village was developed in the 19th Century, prior to the planning of the New York City grid. Therefore, even
the Village’s most modern luxury condos have a bit of European charm from the meandering, tree-lined streets,
leftover from the time.
Washington Square Park, with its iconic arch designed by Stanford White, is the heart of Central Greenwich Village.
Lower Fifth Avenue is a strip known as “The Gold Coast,” home to magnificent prewar co-ops with many bedrooms,
grand lobbies, high ceilings, and often doormen in livery. Famous residents of Greenwich Village attracted by the
landmark homes and apartments include former first daughter Barbara Bush, musician Steve Earle and actress
Uma Thurman. Home to New York University and its 50,000 students, Greenwich Village has historically nurtured
writers and artists. The Cedar Tavern on University Place, for instance, is an offshoot of the Greenwich Village bar that
entertained painter Mark Rothko and beat writer Jack Kerouac. Further west, in an area sometimes distinguished as
simply the “West Village,” is an area of legendary jazz spots and magical little shops with all varieties of clothing and
books for sale. Because the Village’s bedrock is shallow, townhouses and even rental apartment buildings are low, so
the neighborhood offers plenty of bright blue sky to add to its legendary charm.