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Type: Antique Shops, Bookstores, Clothing Stores, Department Stores, Shopping Districts, Specialty Shops
This legendary part of town is divided into east and west sections by 5th Avenue and bounded by Houston Street, 14th Street, the Hudson River, and Broadway. Stroll the streets, be inspired, be... Read More
This legendary part of town is divided into east and west sections by 5th Avenue and bounded by Houston Street, 14th Street, the Hudson River, and Broadway. Stroll the streets, be inspired, be yourself: it's Greenwich Village. The "Village" carries a mystique all its own, resulting from a rich 100-year history as a haven for the creative and rebellious. Rogue writers like Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs once frequented Macdougal Street cafes like Café Reggio and Café Figaro. Today, the area is too expensive for a typical starving artist, but the Village remains a wonderfully open, tolerant community for anyone hoping to explore individuality, talent, and thought. A strong gay presence adds character, and Bleecker Street is a music lover's (and a shopper's) paradise. Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain once walked the zig-zagging streets now frequented by NYU students, skaters, and street musicians.
- Best Shopping: "Locals would never refer to this area as Greenwich Village. To sound "in the know," refer to it as either the East Village or the West Village depending on where you are."
- Recommended as Best Shopping Because: It's smattered with quirky bookshops, record shops and specialty spots that are as unique as the neighborhood's residents.