Greenwich and West Village
Greenwich occupies the
area from Spring to 14th Street, between Greenwich and
Broadway Street. The Village is one of the most colorful
and trendy neighborhoods of New York. Greenwich is known
as "New York's Bohemia." It used to be the
scene of New York's Avant Garde and political radicalism.
Today, restaurants, coffehouses, craft shops, boutiques,
theaters and art galleries make the Village a very
heterogenous neighborhood attracting students, artists,
business and tourists.
It is also a residential area with lovely tree-shaded
streets, little houses, which draw comparison to the
Chelsea district in London.
Sightseeing by area
By bus: Lines ,3,5 and 13
By subway : W.4th st/Washington Square, lines A,B,C,D,E,F
and Q or Christopher St/Sheridan Square, lines 1 and 9
The Village was named
after the English town of Greenwich in 1696.
During the 18th century, Greenwich used to be covered by
woods and streams and was occupied by farms. At the end
of the century the land was sold to proprietors.
During the Epidemy of Fever at the end of the 18th
century and the begining of the 19th century, many New
Yorkers sought refuge in Greenwich Village. This was
typified by especially rich families, bankers and
traders. Bank Street is named after the Wall Street bank
subsidiaries installed in the Village during the epidemy.
In 1828, Washington Square was designed and in 1830, the
first neo-classical style houses were built.
Most of the townhouses were built at this period.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the houses were
abandonned by the rich, who preferred the North of
Manhattan. The area becam derelict until artists and
writers became attracted by the low rent costs..
Between the two World Wars, the Village became the scene
of prolific writing and artistic Avant Garde.
Today, the Village is one of the most expensive areas to
live in New York.
- Washington Square :
Washington Square occupies the site of a former swamp
where criminals used to be hanged and where poor people
Today it represents a charming park that provideds a
welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.
N° 1 to 13 on Washington
This remains a very good
example of the Neo-classical houses that were build
around Washington Square.
At N° 3, the painter Edward Hopper used to live and John
Dos Passos wrote Manhattan Transfer.
At the N° 18 Henry Miller Gran's parents used to live
and the house which is no longer there, is evocated in
the novel Washington Square.
Judson Memorial Church
55, Washington Square.
Open : 9am-noon, 1-5pm from Mon-Fri
Service on Suday at 11am
This church has been built by McKim, Mead and White in
1892 in a Romanesque style. Stained glass by John La
It is named after the first American missionary, Adoniram
Judson, who was sent to Burma in 1811.
New York University:
NYU is the largest private University
in the United States. It was founded in 1831 by Albert
Gallatin. Today there are more than 45 000 students
Church of the Ascension:
5th Ave at 10th Street
Open noon-2pm, 5-7pm daily
English Gothic revival church designed by Richard Upjohn
( architect of the Trinity Church) in 1840-41.
In 1888, the interior was redone by Stanford White.
Altar relief by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Mural called the Ascension ( above the altar) by John La
First Presbyterian Church:
5th Ave at 12th st
Open: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri
Service: 12.15pm Mon & Wed, 11am Sun
This Gothic church was designed in 1846 by Joseph C.
Wells on the model of the Church of Saint Saviour in
Washington Mews and Mc Dougal Alley:
Former stables of the neo-classical houses, these
small alleys were turned into carriage houses around