The West Village is the western most sector of Greenwich Village bounded by Hudson River to the west and 7th Avenue on the east and extends from 14th street to Houston Street. Infamous for its zigzagged streets which confuse tourists and New Yorkers alike, the West Village is quiet the sight with its cobblestone streets and lovely prewar architecture that is most sought out for by celebrities and writers looking for inspiration. The West Village is riddled with 19th century town houses and tree-lined streets that make the aptly title neighborhood feel like a true village. The crazy quilt of streets and avenues that defy the typical grid-style layout of most neighborhoods of Manhattan adds to the unique character of this once bohemian neighborhood and is littered with a good deal of restaurants, lovely boutiques, and historic bars. Recent waterfront renovation has provided the West Village with the spectacular ‘High Line’, the wonderful Hudson River Park that floats above the streets of this Parisian style neighborhood.
The West Village is truly a commuters dream due to it excess of transportation methods, with subway service to Uptown/Downtown on 7th and 8th avenues along W 14th street, PATH train service to New Jersey, and buses running on all major avenues making it safe and easy to get to and from the West Village most hours of the day and night. The neighborhood is primarily residential, yet it homes some of New York’s oldest bars like the White House Tavern, the Bitter End, and Café Wha? in which Bob Dylan kick started his music career, and have managed to sustain the same atmosphere of yore. With the Meat Packing District on the western end of the neighborhood, shopping and nightlife is in abundance without disrupting the core of the neighborhoods village nuance. The quaint out-of-the-way neighborhood right in the midst of all that is Manhattan is a charming town full of historic aesthetic, along with a great restaurant and bar scene for those looking to get into motion.
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Bar Scene in the West Village