Long home to townhouses and apartment buildings of a 19th-century vintage, a spike in interest in the West Village has led to a spate of new constructions and conversions, meaning buyers can find almost anything they want here. There are a surprising number of complete houses available at the high-end of the market, though even houses in the West Village tend to be fairly compact. Newer constructions and loft conversions offer modern airiness and sumptuous amenities, and a building boom near the Hudson River means many come with water views, too. Condos are available, but the majority of buildings here are organized as co-ops.
Given its location on the west side of Manhattan, most of the West Village’s transit connections lie on its Eastern side. The A, C, and E trains stop at 8th Avenue and 14th Street, while the 1, 2, and 3 trains stop at Christopher Street and 7th Avenue. Access to New Jersey PATH trains is available at Christopher Street and Hudson Street. Wide and fast, West Street runs up the far side of the neighborhood, ensuring that if you catch a taxi or Uber here, you can get north or south quickly.
The West Village itself offers a fairly small selection of schools, though there are plenty of options in surrounding neighborhoods and those accessible easily via transit. The Village Community School offers an excellent, private K-8 education right in the neighborhood, while public options like PS 3 Charrette School and the 75 Morton Street School, a middle school set to open in Fall 2017.
The West Village encompasses several excellent smaller parks, such as Bleecker Playground at Bleecker and Eighth streets, James J. Walker Park at Hudson and Leroy streets, and Corporal John A. Seravalli Playground. Residents also enjoy the walking paths, bike lanes, and spacious lawns of Piers 45 and 46 in Hudson River Park. And if you need top-notch people watching, Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village is not far away.
Restaurants and Bars
Though its restaurants and bars may be touted less often than the destination spots east of Seventh Avenue, that’s beginning to change — canny New Yorkers know the West Village offers some unrivaled eateries and watering holes. Malatesta Trattoria, at Christopher and Washington Streets, is neighborhood favorite, its pastas made with far more fuss the restaurant’s laid-back atmosphere might suggest. Beloved brunch spots abound, including Extra Virgin and Buvette, and there are plenty of delightful diners and delis to suit your mood. Drinking in the neighborhood is also a pleasure, with innovative cocktails at Daddy-O and old-time New York history served with the brews and snacks at the White Horse Tavern, a onetime favorite of the poet Dylan Thomas.
The maze of streets west of Seventh Avenue has become, perhaps surprisingly, one of New York’s best destinations for high-end boutiques. Whether you’re looking for clothing, children’s outfits, eyewear, body care, or incredibly gorgeous shoes, you’ll want to wander through stores like Rag & Bone, Brooklyn Industries, CAP Beauty, Satya Jewelry, and Musee Lingerie. All those boutiques and restaurants don’t leave a ton of room for large grocery stores, but you can find all the essentials nearby at Brooklyn Fare and Gourmet Garage.
Landmarks and Culture
Like any historic, highly desirable neighborhood in New York, the West Village packs in plenty of landmarks and culture. Gems like the Cherry Lane Theater, Lucille Lortel Theatre, and the Mezzrow jazz club reveal the neighborhood’s close ties to the arts, as does the burgeoning gallery scene around the Whitney Museum, on the north side of the West Village. Other attractions include the Children’s Museum of the Arts and the New York City Fire Museum. Historic buildings abound in this former waterfront district, and sweeping views and fresh breezes are always available along the Hudson River.
Though long considered part of the West Village, the tiny Meatpacking District has developed its own identity of late, largely in conjunction with a neighborhood renaissance set off by the arrival of the Whitney. Bordered by Gansevoort Street on the south, 14th Street on the north, and Hudson Street on the east, the Meatpacking District is known for its gorgeous historic buildings (some of which are being converted into modern residences) and brand-new galleries, restaurants, and bars.