Greenwich Village in Manhattan NY

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Birthplace of the Beat Movement

Greenwich Village, or simply called the Village, is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern) Manhattan in New York City named after Greenwich, London. A large majority of this district is home to upper middle class families. Greenwich Village was historically noted as the internationally reputed bohemian capital, and the birthplace of the Beat Movement. Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac and Dylan Thomas all roamed the tree lined streets. Even though rent hikes have sent such starving artists searching for new digs, the bohemian impact is still felt within the walls of the fabled coffeehouses and bars that border historic Washington Square Park.

Greenwich Village Location

Greenwich Village extends from Broadway to the Hudson and from 14th Street down to Houston Street. Washington Square Park and the rows of townhouses around it with charming alleys behind them are all frozen in time. The park, with its arch famous from much movie exposure, is the heart of the Village. This park, at the foot of 5-Th Avenue, is an oasis and circus combined, where skateboarders, jugglers, stand-up comics, strollers, sweethearts, chess players, fortune tellers and daydreamers converge and commune.

Washington Mews and MacDougal Alley are quiet cobblestone lanes right off the square. Legendary streets such as Astor Place and Bleecker Street are lined with super-hip boutiques, delis displaying esoteric beers from around the globe and cafes and restaurants of all stripes.

New York University is in the Greenwich Village

It makes sense that New York University is in the Village, an area that has been home to some of the world's most famous writers and artists including Henry James, Edith Wharton, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Eugene O'Neill, Norman Rockwell, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Beat writers Jack Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

At night, Greenwich Village comes alive with sounds from late-night coffeehouses, cafés, experimental theaters and music clubs. At fabled coffeehouses like Caffe Reggio and Café Figaro, you can order a double espresso or cappuccino and pretend for a few minutes that you're Allen Ginsberg or William Burroughs.

Greenwich Village was beginning of the gay rights movement

The Village is home to a large community of gays and lesbians. Across Seventh Avenue is Christopher Street, site of a historic clash (in front of the Stonewall Bar) in 1969 between city police and gay men, marking the beginning of the gay rights movement.

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