Historic Washington Square Park, with its Stanford White-designed arch, is the center and heart of Greenwich Village. This area, bounded by Broadway to the east and Sixth Avenue to the west, extends from Houston up to 14th Street. A large portion of this area is dedicated to higher learning, with the campuses of New York University and the New School housed in several buildings throughout the area and Cooper Union right on the border of the East Village. Perhaps due to the proximity of these institutions, the area also contains many bookstores; including the world famous Strand Bookstore, Shakespeare and Co. and an assortment of niche and used book stores.
Many of the streets retain their charm; and though high rises and loft buildings are available in this area, the residential atmosphere is still defined by the beautiful row houses around Washington Square Park and hidden gems like the Washington Mews. Many of the area’s more non-conformist artists have decamped to Brooklyn and Queens and the area is now home to many celebrities – actors, writers, financiers, and fashion icons – as well as families and young singles.
Transportation options abound with subway stops on 14th Street covering the L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6, F and M lines and at West 4th the A, B, C, D, and E lines as well.