West Village

Cobblestone streets, historic townhouses, and a lively cultural scene make the West Village a beloved enclave that invites residents and visitors to explore its timeless streets.

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West Village: Historic Charm and Bohemian Spirit

 

Welcome to the West Village

Nestled on the west side of Manhattan, the West Village is a neighborhood steeped in history, artistic legacy, and a unique blend of quaint charm and bohemian spirit. Cobblestone streets, historic townhouses, and a lively cultural scene make the West Village a beloved enclave that invites residents and visitors to explore its timeless streets. Join us as we uncover the highlights of this iconic neighborhood.

Getting There

The West Village is accessible by various subway lines, including the A, B, C, D, E, F, and M trains. Its central location and proximity to other Manhattan neighborhoods make it an easily navigable and desirable destination for those seeking the authentic character of New York City.

Washington Square Park: Greenwich Village's Heart

Washington Square Park, a central gathering place and iconic landmark, is at the heart of the West Village. The park features the iconic Washington Square Arch, a fountain, and a vibrant atmosphere with street performers, chess players, and a diverse community.

Bleecker Street: Historic Thoroughfare

Bleecker Street, with its historic architecture and charming boutiques, is a quintessential West Village thoroughfare. Explore the diverse array of shops, cafes, and specialty stores, and experience the timeless allure of this cobblestone street.

MacDougal Street: Bohemian Hub

MacDougal Street, known for its rich history as a bohemian hub, is lined with cafes, jazz clubs, and comedy venues. The street has been a gathering place for artists, musicians, and intellectuals, contributing to the neighborhood's artistic legacy.

Christopher Street: LGBTQ+ Landmark

Christopher Street, a symbolic street for the LGBTQ+ community, is home to the Stonewall Inn. This historic bar played a pivotal role in the LGBTQ+ rights movement and is now a national monument, serving as a symbol of equality and activism.

The High Line: Urban Greenery

While technically on the western edge of the West Village, the High Line offers a unique perspective on the city. This elevated park, built on a former railway, provides scenic views, public art installations, and a tranquil escape from the urban hustle.

Magnolia Bakery: Sweet Treats

Magnolia Bakery on Bleecker Street is a neighborhood institution known for its classic American baked goods. Indulge in cupcakes, banana pudding, and other sweet treats in this iconic bakery that has become a West Village landmark.

Sheridan Square: Public Art and Gathering Space

Sheridan Square, adorned with public art installations and surrounded by cafes, serves as a gathering space for locals and visitors. The square's vibrant atmosphere and central location make it a focal point for community engagement.

The Cherry Lane Theatre: Cultural Legacy

The Cherry Lane Theatre, established in 1924, is the city's oldest continuously running Off-Broadway theater. This intimate venue has hosted numerous iconic performances and continues to be a vital part of the West Village's cultural landscape.

Jefferson Market Library: Architectural Gem

The Jefferson Market Library, housed in a historic building with Victorian Gothic architecture, is a neighborhood library with a rich history. Explore its unique design and take in the literary atmosphere that has captivated readers for generations.

Abingdon Square: Tranquil Retreat

Abingdon Square, a small park with a central fountain, offers a tranquil retreat in the midst of the West Village. The square is a favorite spot for locals seeking a peaceful moment away from the city's hustle.

Community Events and Street Fairs

The West Village hosts various community events and street fairs, celebrating its diverse community and artistic heritage. These gatherings provide opportunities for residents to connect, support local businesses, and revel in the neighborhood's lively spirit.

Final Thoughts

The West Village invites you to wander through its historic streets, discover its artistic legacy, and savor the vibrant energy that defines this iconic neighborhood. Whether enjoying the greenery of Washington Square Park, exploring charming boutiques, or immersing yourself in the LGBTQ+ history of Christopher Street, the West Village offers a timeless and enchanting experience in the heart of Manhattan.

Around West Village, NY

There's plenty to do around West Village, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

100
Walker's Paradise
Walking Score
95
Biker's Paradise
Bike Score
100
Rider's Paradise
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Nino's Breakfast Shack, Skater's Edge Pro Shop, and Terry Southerland Boxing.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.94 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.98 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.32 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.35 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.64 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.49 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars

Overview for West Village, NY

30,181 people live in West Village, where the median age is 42 and the average individual income is $137,313. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

30,181

Total Population

42 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$137,313

Average individual Income

Schools in West Village, NY

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The following schools are within or nearby West Village. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Village Community School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Middle School 297
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Ps 721 Manhattan Occupational Training Center
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
Academy Of St Joseph
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
High School 560 City-As-School
PUBLIC
10th - 12th
No rating available
Ps 3 Charrette School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Our Lady Of Pompeii School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Ps 41 Greenwich Village
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
City And Country School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available

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