With Washington Square Park at the heart of this charming and historic neighborhood, Greenwich Village lies to the east of the West Village, with its eastern boundary at Broadway and the western boundary running along the east side of Seventh Avenue.
Once a much larger neighborhood that encompassed the entirety of the West Village, Greenwich Village is still defined by the influential figures that launched the great counterculture movements of the 20th century -- artists, poets, writers, playwrights and musicians such as Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dylan Thomas, Norman Mailer, Jack Kerouac, E.E. Cummings, Eugene O'Neill, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan, to name just a few.
These iconic figures continue to loom large in Greenwich Village's many landmarks, including Village Vanguard, which has hosted some of the most celebrated names in jazz.
Over the years, Greenwich Village has been successful in maintaining its historic character, with activist residents successfully opposing massive public-works projects that threatened to destroy the fabric of this alluring residential neighborhood. Today, Greenwich Village is an affluent community, home to many well-known actors and media personalities.
Greenwich Village is also home to a large student population and several esteemed institutions of higher learning, most notably New York University, which occupies much of the area surrounding Washington Square Park, as well as the New School for Design and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
From an architectural standpoint, Greenwich Village is richly eclectic neighborhood, with spectacular mansions lining area side streets and exquisite pre-war co-ops in the vicinity of Lower Fifth Avenue. Among them, 40 Fifth Avenue, a 15-story building considered one of the most prestigious pre-war co-ops south of 42nd Street, rises between two magnificent churches: First Presbyterian Church (located across the street to the north) and Episcopal Ascension Church.
Greenwich Village is prized for its excellent schools such as P.S. 41 on 11th Street and Avenue of the Americas. The area is served by multiple subway lines, including the B, D, F, M, L and 1, 2 and 3 trains, with subway stations at 14th Street / Sixth Avenue, West Fourth Street - Washington Square and Christopher Street - Sheridan Square.