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The area west of Broadway to the Hudson River, from 14th Street to West Houston Street, epitomizes the “gridless” pattern of early New York streets. Only in this neighborhood could West 10th Street intersect with West 4th Street, and Waverly Place cross… well, Waverly Place.

West Village
West 4th Street
New York , NY 10012
The area west of Broadway to the Hudson River, from 14th Street to West Houston Street, epitomizes the “gridless” pattern of early New York streets. Only in this neighborhood could West 10th Street intersect with West 4th Street, and Waverly Place cross… well, Waverly Place.
Greenwich Village, known locally as the “West Village” or simply “the Village,” has been home to artists, writers, nonconformists and bohemians since the turn of the 20th century. In spite of the neighborhood’s enthusiasm for societal change, the area itself has hardly changed at all. With its low-rise buildings and crooked streets, the neighborhood truly is a village within the city.
In the central part of the Village, Washington Square creates a picture-perfect tableau of Village life with its distinctive arch and lovely rows of townhouses. Some of these properties are still privately owned and occupied; many others have become part of the ever-expanding New York University campus. The square is a lively hangout not only for thousands of students, but also jugglers, fire-eaters, hip-hoppers and old men playing chess on the many permanent outdoor game boards.
South of the square, the area surrounding Bleecker Street between La Guardia Place and Sixth Avenue is now a crowded stretch of poster shops, cheap restaurants and music venues for the college crowd. Bob Dylan lived at and owned 94 MacDougal Street (on a row of historic brownstones near Bleecker Street) through much of the 1960s, performing in Washington Square Park and at clubs such as Café Wha? on MacDougal Street, between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets. This is still a very musical/jazzy area.
Locals and visitors alike fill bistros along Seventh Avenue and Hudson Street, the neighborhood’s main streets, and patronize the increasingly high-rent shops, including three Marc Jacobs boutiques and three Ralph Lauren outposts, at the trendy western end of Bleecker Street.
But the most recent “place to be” is the Meatpacking District located in the northwest corner of the Village. What was primarily a wholesale meat market since the 1930s is today, composed of swinging watering holes, hip restaurants, designer flagship stores and exclusive boutiques.

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