Greenwich Village

By AP Connolly

Counterculture movement, artist haven, and Bohemian capital. These phrases have been used to describe Greenwich Village at one point or another. While there is still no shortage of art, off-Broadway plays, and jazz clubs, Greenwich Village has become ranked as one of the highest price-per-square-foot areas in New York City.

The good news is you get what you pay for. Take a walk around Greenwich Village’s tree-lined streets and take in all the beauty the neighborhood has to offer. With several buildings being protected by historic designation, you will not have to worry about buying your dream co-op overlooking Washington Square Park and having a 40-story building obstructing your view five years later. So now that worry is out of the way, you can enjoy walking around your neighborhood taking in all that it has to offer.

One of my favorite spots and I’m sure many people’s favorite, is Washington Square Park. After finding a seat on a bench in the park, just sit back and experience all the vibrant energy of everybody who enters the park. From dog walkers, skateboarders, and the squirrels causing a ruckus, to visitors taking pictures of the famous arch, there is plenty to see.

Naturally, taking in all this beauty and people-watching is work. And one must refuel at some point during the day. One of my favorites places is Minetta Tavern on MacDougal. Bow down to the king. Simply put, The Black Label Burger is incredible. Don’t get hung up on the price tag, or the fact it doesn’t come with cheese. The prime cut of dry-aged ribeye is one of the meatiest burgers you’ll ever taste. It’s finished simply with caramelized onions on a lightly toasted brioche bun.

Another original restaurant that opened in Greenwich Village in 2000 is a restaurant called Blue Hill. Hidden three steps below street level, the restaurant occupies a landmark “speakeasy” just off Washington Square Park. Dan Barber is one of the most amazing chefs. He creates a menu that coincides with whatever is at peak harvest on his farm in Westchester. Whatever the season may be, your taste buds will surely thank you after a meal here.

If you are looking for a laid-back atmosphere with great food, then head to North Square Restaurant. Their approach to seasonal American cuisine inspired by world traditions and local ingredients makes a fun, delicious menu. Nothing beats heading over to North Square on a Sunday and enjoying their Jazz Brunch in the lounge.

Looking for more entertainment? One of my favorite places to go in Greenwich Village is the Comedy Cellar. Founded in 1982 and voted the best comedy club in NYC, you will see some of the best, famous comedians, as well as up and coming talent.

Music time! If you are looking to hear Jazz, you must swing by the Smalls Jazz Club and the Mezzrow Jazz Club. Featuring live jazz bands and jam sessions with great cocktails, both venues provide the quintessential jazz dive atmosphere that focuses on finding emerging stars. If you’re looking to see some legendary jazz musicians take the stage, then you should check out the Blue Note Jazz Club located at 131 West 3rd Street.

If you’re looking to rent in Greenwich Village, you can find studio apartments averaging $3,800 and one-bedroom apartments starting from $4,000 Prices are dependent on location, interior finish, and the building itself. If you are looking to purchase, on average, you can find a one bedroom for $1 to $3 million, whereas two-bedroom apartments can range from $1.8 to $5 million. Again, these prices will vary based on square footage and interior finish.

Looking for that prewar co-op in Greenwich Village? Then you should look at the beautiful, prewar co-ops on Fifth Avenue, such as 1 Fifth Avenue. This overlooks Washington Square Park. Perhaps you are looking for something new and trendy? Well, there’s a lovely building on 21 East 12th Street, or you could travel a bit West and check out The Greenwich Lane. It is a series of five apartment buildings and five townhouses at the former site of the St. Vincent’s Hospital. The buildings have several luxury condominiums, and each has unique differences and a range of styles with a private outdoor space

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