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West Village

White Horse Tavern in Manhattan's West Village

A Historic Neighborhood with Deep Roots

The West Village's cache comes from the bohemian lifestyle that was centered here in the 1900s. Today, the West Village is a pricey address, with a stately array of townhouses lining it's serpentine blocks. Tony designer boutiques have also migrated to Bleecker Street in recent years.

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At a Glance

  • Greener pastures: This area was a 300-acre tobacco plantation owned by a British naval officer back in the 1700s.
  • Way cool: This was Little Bohemia in the early 20th century and a center of the Beatnik poetry movement.
  • Famous faces: Sex & the City characters spent a lot of time down here, and star Sarah Jessica Parker lives here with husband Matthew Broderick.

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About West Village

Primarily a tranquil residential area, dominated by tree-lined streets, stately Italianate brownstones, and 19th-century red-brick townhouses, the West Village is also home to dozens of chic restaurants, live-music venues, and boutiques that make it a favorite neighborhood of hip New Yorkers. Bleecker Street is home to many pricey boutiques (as well as the ever-popular Magnolia Bakery). Day or night, crowds can be found relaxing and enjoying a drink at Blind Tiger Ale House and the historic Read More [+]

LIVING in Manhattan

The Great Lawn in Central Park (Photo: Yourdon/Flickr)

The Best Parks in New York City

New York may be one of the most densely populated cities in the world, but you’re rarely more than a few blocks away from green space. Read More »

(Photo-illustration: Mary-Louise Price Foss, Photos: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images, iStockphoto)

New York’s Culinary Diamonds in the Rough

With restaurants, you can’t be blamed for judging a book by its cover – the overall appearance of a place can be a good indication of whether or not to continue inside and try the food. Unfortunately, some of the city’s most aesthetically-pleasing restaurants can also serve Read More »


Pottery Class (Photo: iStockphoto)

The Best Classes for Meeting New Yorkers

Admit it, sometimes New York can seem like a lonely place. How do you get to know anybody in such a big, fast-moving town? Well, taking one of the city’s Read More »

new york brunch without a wait

Brunch Without a Wait

Weekend brunch is a quintessential New York experience, and with it comes delectable hangover-quenching food, free-flowing morning booze and, unfortunately, long lines. Read More »

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