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Sites of Interest  
  • Washington Square Park: The heart of Greenwich Village at 4th St. & Waverly Place. Features Washington Square Arch. Here, you can listen to music, watch street theater or the outdoor chess games. Website
  • NY Village Halloween Parade: This annual holiday parade, every October 31, attracts more than 2 million spectators. Includes dancers, artists, floats, bands and 50,000 costumed celebrants.
  • Blue Man Group - Astor Place Theatre 434 LaFayette St., Greenwich Village. This well-known and inventive show has been playing for 13 years.
  • Village Vanguard: Famous jazz club that was founded in 1935. Past performers include: John Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins. Website
Bus Lines  
  • M2 - Local & Limited-Stop Service bet. Washington Heights & East Village
  • M3 - Local Service bet. Fort George & East Village
  • M5 - Local & Limited-Stop Service bet. Washington Heights & Greenwich Village
  • M6 - Local Service bet. South Ferry & Midtown Manhattan
  • M7 - Local & Limited-Stop Service bet. Harlem & Union Square
  • M8 - Local Service bet. East & West Village
  • M20 - Local Service bet. Lincoln Center & Battery Park City
  • M21 - Crosstown Service bet. Bellevue Hospital & West Village (along Houston St.)
Subway Stops  

Hospitals  
Schools  
  • PS 041 Greenwich Village - 116 W. 11th St. Website
  • Legacy School for Integrated Studies - 33 W. 13 St. Website
  • NYC Museum School - 333 W. 17th St.
  • Harvey Milk High School - 2 Astor Place;
  • The James Baldwin School - 351 W. 18th St. Website
  • Bayard Rustin Educational Complex 351 W. 18th St. Website
  • Liberty HS Academy for Newcomers - 250 W. 18th St. Website
  • Humanities Prep. Academy 351 W. 18th St. Website
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About West Village, NYC  
The most upscale of the "Villages" and also known as the "West Village", Greenwich Village is both cultured and yet, very bohemian. It is considered the closest any American neighborhood comes to a section of Paris. Long time home to artists, writers, entertainers, intellectuals, and bohemians, the area features charming architecture from cobbled streets to townhouse mews. Washington Square Park is at the heart of the Village; its 9.5 acres host street performers, strollers, chess players and also serves as a communal backyard for its residents.

For over a century, writers and artists have made the West Village their home. These luminaries include: Henry James, Edith Wharton, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Eugene O'Neill, Norman Rockwell, Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko, Wilhem de Kooning, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The Village has always had an electricity to its life- the Beat Generation of the 1950s, was a notable example.

The soul of that Generation is alive and well in the West Village at night. Coffeehouses abound as they always have, joined today by sushi and African fare. Shops- primarily boutiques, stay open late so the area teems with life well after dark.

An annual holiday event is the fabulous "Halloween Parade." As the district is home to many working in fashion and theatre, highly imaginative costumes are truly sights to see. It is a creative festival on every level. During the "Shopping Holidays", too, the neighborhood is a popular destination for those seeking discriminating gifts, often unique or handmade, yet relatively inexpensive next to Midtown counterparts.

As this area is more residential than the East Village there are fewer restaurants and shops, but it is still a wonderful, more relaxed atmosphere to kick back and enjoy life lived at a different pace.

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