Greenwich Village, often known as The Village, is a part of New York City that is located west of Broadway, north of 14th Street, west of the Hudson River, and south of Houston Street. There are other smaller neighborhoods inside Greenwich Village, such as the Meatpacking District to the north and West Village to the west of Seventh Avenue.
It is generally agreed that Seventh or Sixth Avenue marks the eastern boundary of the West Village, which is the western half of Greenwich Village. Located west of the Hudson River and east of Hudson Street, the Far West Village is another section of Greenwich Village.
The streets of Greenwich Village, once the focus of the city’s counterculture movement in the 1960s, are today filled with trendy cafes, bars, and restaurants. The brownstones and NYU campuses are interspersed with jazz clubs and Off-Broadway theaters. Washington Square Park serves as the neighborhood’s social hub. The neighborhood has a welcoming atmosphere for people of all identities, as evidenced by the presence of rainbow flags.
Its name, Groenwijck, literally means “Green District” in Dutch. Greenwich Village was the epicenter of several cultural movements of the 20th century, including those associated with the Beat Generation and the counterculture of the 1960s. Washington Square Park is located in Greenwich Village, and so are two of New York City’s private universities, New York University and The New School. Hipsters have come to be identified with it in more recent times.
The street layout of Greenwich Village is less regimented than that of the 19th century grid design since it was once a rural, isolated hamlet to the north of the 17th century European settlement on Manhattan Island. West of what is now Greenwich Avenue and Sixth Avenue, in areas that were already developed at the time the plan was implemented, the streets are laid out very differently from the grid like structure of newer parts of Manhattan. This is because Greenwich Village was allowed to retain the 18th century street pattern of what is now called the West Village.
The 6th Precinct of the New York City Police Department is responsible for maintaining order in Greenwich Village, which is located in Manhattan Community District 2. Residential property sale prices in the West Village neighborhood typically exceeded US$2,100 per sq ft in 2017, a result of Greenwich Village’s gentrification and commercialization. In 2014, the four ZIP Codes that make up the Village were all ranked among the ten most expensive in the United States by median housing price, per Forbes.