From the Hudson River to Sixth Avenue, and 14th Street to Houston Street. The Far West Village extends from the Hudson River to Hudson Street
The West Village is a filmmaker’s vision of the perfect New York neighborhood: charmingly weathered, quaintly beautiful and more than a little quirky. It’s a fusion of the offbeat and the buttoned down, where cobblestone streets with names like Jane and Horatio zig-zag diagonally through Manhattan’s standard grid. Considered an extension of Greenwich Village west of Seventh Avenue, this primarily residential neighborhood is renowned for its romantic restaurants, unique shops and centuries-old roots as a haven for famous writers, artists and musicians. Thanks to impassioned preservationists, much of the neighborhood is classified as a historic district. But the modern world has crept in, particularly in the area known as the Meatpacking District, where wholesale meat markets have been replaced by chic boutiques, glamorous hotels and the starting point of a wonderful elevated park called the High Line.
The West Village’s Federal and Greek Revival townhouses, classic brownstones and pre-war apartment buildings mix it up with sleek residential towers and other new developments closer to the waterfront.
The West Village’s oldest remaining residence is the Isaacs-Hendricks House at 77 Bedford Street, built in 1799.
Opened in 1924, the Cherry Lane Theatre on Commerce Street was a launch pad for F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, T. S. Eliot and many others. It remains New York’s oldest, continuously running Off-Broadway stage.
With its Gothic embellishments, steep roofs and soaring clock tower, the 1840’s-era Jefferson Market Courthouse is one of New York’s most unusual buildings, but it was slated for demolition. Thanks to the city’s landmark preservation commission, it has been a public library since 1967.