Manhattan Neighborhood Market Report: Greenwich Village Real Estate Guide

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Real Estate Agent with The Corcoran Group

Greenwich Village, West Village, Meat Packing District, East Village

Manhattan's most famous neighborhood has always been a popular place to live. Greenwich Village is the city's largest historic district.

The Village is bounded to the South by Houston Street, to the North by 14th Street, to the West by the Hudson River, Sixth Avenue divides The West Village and Greenwich Village and east of Broadway is the dividing line between the distinctively different, East Village.

Commonly referred by most people that live in the Village: West of Broadway to be defined as "Greenwich Village", "The Village" or "The West Village" while the area to the East of the Broadway to be defined as the "East Village". So when discussing the "Village", it is commonly understood that one is speaking of the area West of Broadway. Those referring to the "East Village" will always qualify their discussion by using the distinction "East Village".

The Village's informal atmosphere has long attracted those of unconventional thinking-writers, actors, academicians, scholars and artist who preferred to stay well out of the mainstream. New York University, The New School for Social Research and Parson's School of Design all call the Village home.

Edgar Allen Poe, O. Henry, Walt Whitman, and Mark Twain were some of the classic authors who resided in the Village in the 19th century. Norman Rockwell called the village his home in the 20's. Actors and artists such as Dustin Hoffman, Mel Brooks and Bob Dylan were just a few of the many artists who lived in the village in the 60's. Today Nicole Kidman, Calvin Klein and Martha Stewart have bought new condos in the Richard Meier buildings on Perry Street.

 The Arch - Washington Square Park

Fifth Avenue begins at Washington Square Park in the heart of Greenwich Village. The prewar and post war coops on lower Fifth Avenue are some of the most desirable buildings in Manhattan. Many of the apartments have spectacular views of Washington Square Park, NYU and lower Manhattan.

Greenwich Village has a charming, small-town feel with its irregular tree-lined streets, brownstone apartment buildings, and elegant town homes. The area is architecturally diverse. 

Greenwich Village is New York City on a different scale. The village is one of the most photographed neighborhoods in Manhattan. St Luke's Place is one of Manhattan's most beautiful Streets with trees, old - fashioned street lamps, and elegant brick townhouses in a row. Barrow, Grove, Bedford Commerce Streets are all beautiful charming streets. Wandering through the village is an enclave of townhouses, ivy-covered apartment buildings, cozy courtyards, and mews. Further west there are brick loft apartments and varied architechture.

 

Much of the West "Village" is not part of the city's rectilinear street grid. It does not go by numbered streets. Some of the city's most delightful, irregular streets are Patchin Place, once the home of E. E. Cummings, the poet, MacDougal Alley, where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitneys studio was. Washington Mews, lined with former stable buildings for the grand houses facing Washington Square Park.

The Village, of course, is rich in history and many of its famous landmarks are literary and intellectual.The overall charm of the Village is further increased by the many small, European style bistros, cafes and restaurants. Many specialize in French and Italian. They are filled with customers on any given day or night. The Village is filled with bars, saloons, coffeehouses, jazz clubs, experimental theaters, avant-garde clubs, cabarets, funky boutiques and street vendors.

There are more than 100 different clubs and bars in the area offering every type of musical and social entertainment imaginable.

Greenwich Village's many fine restaurants will satisfy a range of tastes as well as budgets.

 

The Meat Packing District:

For many years Florent, A French bistro/diner in the Meatpacking district was one of the only restaurants in the gritty meatpacking district. It is open 24 hours the food is good but not the thing here, the people watching is superb! Some of the meat packing companies still remain on the cobblestone streets but now Florent and The Meat Packing District is surrounded with trendy restaurants, hotels fashion boutiques and beautiful people.  

At the southern end of the High Line, at Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, a new museum and hotel will serve as anchor for the new neighborhood.

  

 

<- Future High Line

 

 

  Meat Packing District

 

 

 

New designer buildings, new park views, valet parking, concierges, meditation gardens, Manhattan's trendiest new restaurants and art galleres. The grit-and-glamour that New Yorkers love about the meatpacking district is about to expand northward along the High Line.

New apartment units are planned along the elevated 22-block park the High Line is to become in 2008. The High Line runs through three of Manhattans most dynamic neighborhoods, Hells Kitchen, West Chelsea and the Meat Packing District. Plans are underway to transform a 6.7acre span of former elevated train track running 22 blocks into an open park.

The Far West Village:

Luxurious new condominiums along West Street outside the historic district feature spectacular river views, full floor raw space and designed apartments have become a new destination.

 

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Carole Cohen
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I DO remember that episode, I remember her moving lol. Now it makes sense, her new neighborhood was a better fit! lol  Big lived in a hotel right? I bet that wasn't in the meat packing district.
Jan 04, 2007 12:01 AM #22
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The Village has become very mixed, families, entertainment types, wallstreeters, gay and lesbians and lots of students. The new Dylan is probably in The East Village today.

Jan 04, 2007 12:07 AM #23
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Big probably lived on the East Side could have been a hotel. Samantha had hookers making noise out her window and she goes out and tells them off and then befriends them by having a party on her rooftop the next day.
Jan 04, 2007 12:10 AM #24
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The roof in New York is so critical- like patios and decks here in Cleveland City, or porches! Adding to the feeling of more space when space is at a premium. Everyone (at least on TV!) seems to have so much fun on their roofs lol Yes I remember that party that episode was a riot.
Jan 04, 2007 12:24 AM #25
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Mitchell J Hall
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Some of the photos I uploaded to localism are from my roof. The ones on the upper west side. It was so sunny the other day that the ones I took looking downtown came out glared. I will take some more when I have time.

I saw the WTC burning from my roof. The next day I saw building #7 go down from my friends living room on the 20th floor at 2 Fifth Avenue. It is the photo in this blog, the building on the right from the Arch in Washington square park. I listed the apartment about 6 months later.

Jan 04, 2007 12:36 AM #26
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John Novak
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Very impressive detail in this post along with some great photos - a fine example of localized content. Without leaving my laptop I've vicariously traveled to New York.
Jan 04, 2007 12:44 AM #27
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Mitchell J Hall
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John,

Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I'm looking forward to reading about Las Vegas another town that I love.

Jan 04, 2007 01:06 AM #28
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I can't even imagine what it was like watching the Towers burning from your roof :-(   That was back when we all thought the world was ending. You wrote a poignant blog about that day, I recall. I'm going to Localism now to see your photo handiwork.

Jan 04, 2007 04:03 AM #29
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Mitchell,

I drive into the city and typically wind up lost in the village.  Why is it that 6th Ave seems to be every other block when you're down there!  I forget exactly where I was going but everytime I looked up,  I was passing 6th Ave again!?  When we first started, the studio was on 6th between 16th and 17th street --- I NEVER called it 6th Ave though and would freak out when anyone referred to it as 6th Ave.  Funny how things change.  
Jan 04, 2007 09:11 PM #30
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Joanne,

I know even long time New Yorkers can get lost in the Village. The one that gets me is Greenwich Street and Greenwich Avenue they are no where near each other.

Jan 05, 2007 07:50 AM #31
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Mitchell, you do a fabulous job on these neighborhood market reports! Thank you.
Jan 07, 2007 10:15 PM #32
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Jeff, Thank you, I appreciate your encouraging comment.
Jan 08, 2007 07:45 AM #33
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Mitchell, I just wanted to let you know that this well-deserving post is included in the ActiveRain Week in Review.
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Mitchell...WOW..I am reading through Leanne's AR Week in Review, and just came to your post. Fantabulous! I so enjoyed reading this and am inspired, Mitchell.
Jan 13, 2007 03:39 PM #35
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janeAnne:

Thank you. I really appreciate your nice comment. I'm starting to work on another one, I just can't decide between two neighborhoods if I should combine them or do two different ones. These comments inspire me so I am glad you're inspired, I look forward to learning about Asheville.

Jan 13, 2007 04:33 PM #36
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Fulfilled a lifelong dream and finally visited NYC a few years ago.  It was more fabulous than I imagined!  Wonderful city, wonderful people. Highlights of the trip were seeing the American Ballet Theatre perform "Giselle" -just stunning, and spending a day walking through the Village. Our resident friend and guide didn't give us all the delightful information you just have- you really captured the feel of NY.  Thanks for bringing it all back. <Sigh>
Feb 15, 2007 08:31 AM #37
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Mitchell I look forward to each of your neighborhood post.  I have learned so much about the city; you truly are an expert in your area.  To be an effective realtor, and considering the level of consumers you encounter this type of knowledge is priceless.
Feb 15, 2007 01:23 PM #38
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Theresa,

Thank you. I'm glad you finally visited NYC and had a fabulous time. It keeps getting better so you will have to visit us again.

Jennifer, Thank you, I enjoy reading about your neck of the woods too.   We NY

Feb 15, 2007 04:39 PM #39
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Mitchell, I'm glad that Lenn Harley included this post in her Year in Review.  This is the type of market summary that all members should strive to write.  On another note, both Patricia Kennedy and I will be in NYC next week for the Inman Connect conference Tuesday evening through Friday.  When we spoke yesterday, Patricia said that we must get together with you while we're in town if you are around.  Happy New Year!
Jan 01, 2008 10:12 AM #40
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Brian, Thanks and Happy New Year. I'll will be in town and I am looking forward to meeting you and seeing Pat again. I'm only registered for the blogger conference. There is going to be a group of rainers at Inman. We should all have dinner together.
Jan 01, 2008 01:00 PM #41
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