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Get to know Greenwich Village

When you want New York City without the city, you head to Greenwich Village. It is an area that is about as storybook as Manhattan gets, sporting leafy trees, distinctive buildings, and some uncharacteristic streets. Although gorgeous parks are far from unheard of across all five boroughs, Washington Square Park—with its famous fountain and marble arch—does stand in a class by itself. This iconic destination functions as a popular meeting place and area for cultural activities, making it the centerpiece around which the rest of the neighborhood is set. There’s simply an energy to the park that radiates and shines throughout Greenwich Village. The area’s oldest remaining house is the c.1799 Isaacs-Hendricks House, which has received some alterations and expansions over time. However, it’s the series of c.1830s Greek Revival row houses north of Washington Square—boasting stoops and brick facades—that set the Village’s style in brownstone.

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Greenwich Village History & Culture

Chart a course, and you’ll find that no place so relatively small has been as vital throughout history as Greenwich Village. Its past is inextricable from the rise of the arts in New York City. Constructed in the late 1850s, the Tenth Street Studio Building helped forge this link, serving the needs of working artists for nearly a century. The list of celebrated people across multiple eras who have since walked those streets, resided among those buildings, drank in those bars, and made a name for themselves there is astonishingly long. Legendary musicians, famed painters, storied writers, cultural icons, and (somehow) even more. These days, you can still catch shows at the same clubs where the greats once took the stage. Culturally, the Village also holds profound significance, with buildings like the Stonewall Inn and the Cherry Lane Theatre serving as touchstones of essential social and artistic movements.

Greenwich Village Dining & Shopping

You’d be hard-pressed to go hungry in Greenwich Village. High-quality eateries of all varieties are found hanging out up-and-down major arteries and tucked into narrow side streets. It’s all somewhere out there, from seasonal tasting menus to greasy pub fare to artisanal scoop shops. Additionally, while nearly every neighborhood across this great metropolis claims to have it, Greenwich Village indeed does have some of New York City’s best bagels and premier pizza. Really, there are a lot worse ways to spend an afternoon than traveling around the Village and sampling all the cuisine your stomach can handle. If filling up closet space with vintage clothing suits your style, this neighborhood has maybe more options than you’ll know what to do with. There are also several smaller boutiques and independent bookstores where you just may stumble onto your newest prized piece or cherished short story collection.

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    Homes in New York | View 250 Mercer Street, B606/607 | 3 Beds, 3 Baths
    Greenwich Village

    250 Mercer Street, B606/607, Manhattan, NY 10012

    • Apartment Building
    • 3 BD
    • 3 BA
    • 2,300 SQ. FT
      COURTESY OF CORCORAN
      $3,495,000