Work In Progress: This neighborhood gallery is not yet complete.
New York’s Greenwich Village preserves two centuries of architectural treasures. These photos only hint at the historical architecture protected by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1969.
As befits the district’s bohemian/counterculture image, the streets here ignore (because they predate) Manhattan’s street grid. Hence, you’ll find West 4th Street and West 10th Street intersecting, when they should be parallel, six blocks apart. Getting lost may be fun, but first-time visitors will want to bring a map!*
Greenwich Village, often referred to by locals as simply “the Village,” is a neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan, New York City. Greenwich Village has been known as an artists’ haven, the Bohemian capital, the cradle of the modern LGBT movement, and the East Coast birthplace of both the Beat and ’60s counterculture movements. Groenwijck, one of the Dutch names for the village (meaning “Green District”), was Anglicized to Greenwich. New York University (NYU) is located in Greenwich Village.
Greenwich Village has undergone extensive gentrification and commercialization; the four zip codes that constitute the Village – 10011, 10012, 10013, and 10014 – were all ranked among the ten most expensive in the United States by median housing price in 2014, according to Forbes, with residential property sale prices in the West Village neighborhood typically exceeding US$2,000 per square foot ($22,000/m2) in 2016.
Highly recommended: NYC Landmarks Map
* P.S., the West Village’s Gay Street has nothing to do with sexual orientation. Go ahead, Google it!
Greenwich Village Recommended Reading
- Wikipedia entry
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report (Greenwich Village Historic District)
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report (Greenwich Village Historic District Extension)
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report (Greenwich Village Historic District Extension II)
- The New York Times Streetscapes:/7 East 10th Street; A Greenwich Village House Awash in Indian Detailing (September 11, 1994)
- The New York Times Walking Tour of Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village Architecture Photos
|Building / Address||Year||Architect|
|1 Fifth Avenue||1927||Helme & Corbett, Sugarman & Berger|
|37 Washington Square West||1928||Gronenberg & Leuchtag|
|39 Fifth Avenue||1922||Emery Roth|
|Beauclaire / 25 E 9th Street, 26 E 10th Street, 40 University Place||1926||Sugarman & Berger|
|Cable Building / 611 Broadway||1894||McKim, Mead & White|
|Devonshire House / 28 E 10th Street||1926||Emery Roth|
|Lockwood de Forest house / 7 E 10th Street||1887||Van Campen Taylor|
|The New School / 63 Fifth Avenue||2014||Skidmore Owings & Merrill|
|Novarre / 135 W 4th Street||1860||Charles Hadden|
|Roosevelt Building||1894||Stephen D. Hatch|
|Wordsworth / 21 E 10th Street||1926||Sugarman & Berger|
Google Map Note: Google’s definition includes the West Village; this gallery encompasses only the area east of Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas).