NYC’s village neighborhoods, collectively, stretch across Manhattan from Houston Street on the south to 14th Street on the north. The borders of central Greenwich Village are roughly Third and Sixth avenues (larger Greenwich Village includes the West Village, but the West Village has its own neighborhood vibe and is described separately). Today, a mix of residents are drawn by its lively energy and commercial activity around Union Square and on Broadway and Sixth Avenue. New York University, housed in a number of buildings around Washington Square, adds to the character of the area. Washington Square, the heart of the neighborhood, is one of New York’s iconic destinations. Visit on a warm spring day, with street musicians performing and political activists gathering under the arch dedicated to George Washington, and it becomes clear that much of Greenwich Village’s traditional character remains.