Greenwich Village Neighborhood Review: Manhattan Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

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Located west of the lower east side of Manhattan, Greenwich Village is mostly known for being the epicenter of the counterculture movement of the 1960's.

In this Greenwich Village neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

The free love vibe has made it the cornerstone for artists, musicians and the LGBT community in particular.

The best part?

Popular hangouts like The Stonewall Inn (see: Stonewall riots of 1969), Christopher Park and NYC AIDS Memorial Park are geared specifically toward raising awareness for the LGBT community.

Not only is the neighborhood's energy a stark contrast to the rest of Manhattan's, but so are the housing structures.

Most of the buildings in the Village are mid-rise apartments, 19th century row houses and one-family walk-ups.

Generally referred to as "the Village," this large neighborhood is surrounded by some other pretty hip areas.

It is bounded by the West Village (west of 6th Ave), the East Village (east of 4th Ave), Soho (south of Houston) and Chelsea (north of 14th St.).

The neighborhood's historical highlights have made the Village one of New York City's most famous areas.

But there's a catch...

Though it may be one of the most historic and picturesque parts of NYC, the cost of living is pricier and spaces are smaller than other neighborhoods.

With prestige comes high rental prices!

The Village is a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, but only for those who can afford it.

Fun Fact: Before it was an unofficial hangout for NYU Students, Washington Square Park was a cemetery beginning in the late 18th century. In 1797, the Common Council acquired the land and used it as a potter’s field and place for public executions. Yikes!

Local Buzz

Celebrities that lives in the Greenwich Village neighborhood:

CelebrityInformation
Robert De Niroactor, producer, and director
David Schwimmeractor, director, activist, and producer
Brooke Shieldsactress and model
Mary Kate Olsenfashion designer, businesswoman, author, and former actress and producer
Emma Stoneactress

Public Transportation

Since the Village is one of the most popular areas in NYC, access to public transportation is a breeze.

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • B D F M

    IND Sixth Avenue Line

By bus:

M3Direction: 125 St St. NicholasFort George - East Village (North and South bound)
M55Direction: 44 St 6 AvW 44 St - South Ferry (North and South bound)
M8Direction: Avenue DWest Village - East Village (Crosstown)
M20Direction: Lincoln Center 66 St Via 8 AvLincoln Center - South Ferry (North and South bound)

Average Rent Prices Review

If you're looking to move, Greenwich Village is comprised of a variety of buildings and edifices typical of lower Manhattan.

These include mid-rise buildings, historic townhouses, converted loft warehouses, and tenement-style apartment buildings.

Here are the average rent prices in the Greenwich Village neighborhood:

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom
$2,792$4,024$6,360$10,376

Public Schools

Greenwich Village has some of the highest performing and most popular schools in the city.

It falls into District 2.

Greenwich Village has many options, with six primary and secondary schools serving the area.

The majority of the schools are private.

These private schools include

SchoolInfoNotes
P.S. 41 - Greenwich VillagePublic - PK-5 - 751 studentsOpen communication with parents, sense of community, very strong PTA, 12/1 student-teacher ratio
Lower Manhattan Community Middle SchoolPublic - 6-8 - 370 studentsExcellent music and dance programs, small intimate school, uses a holistic approach to education

​​​​​​Restaurants

One thing the Village is not short on is good food!

Looking to grab a quick tasty bite or dine fancy?

Greenwich Village has got what you didn't even know you need in your life.

The Village has so many options it'll make your head spin.

From the cheapest to the most expensive. Exquisite to the most unsophisticated. Both will not disappoint.

Pro Tip: Save yourself an ATM fee and carry cash to dinner. Many are cash only!

Quick bite:

Saigon Shack has been a staple for some of the absolute best Vietnamese Noodles and sandwiches in the city.

Mamouns is arguably the best falafel in NYC. Super cheap and amazingly delicious Middle Eastern food. Take out only.

Bleeker Street Pizza has been named New York's best pizza several times. They are best known for the Nonna pizza. $3 slices!

Wine & dine:

Babbo is an Italian restaurant owned by Mario Batali. Special tasting menu paired with vintage wines. Reservations are a must.

Tomoe Sushi offers huge portions of some of the freshest sushi and sashimi around. Be prepared for the most worthwhile wait of your life.

Minetta Tavern is an American tavern that serves to-die-for Parisian steak. It was once a speakeasy and bar frequented by Ernest Hemingway, Dylan Thomas and Eugene O’Neill.

How Safe is the Greenwich Village Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 7 of 10

Approximately 26.0181 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents

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