Extending from 6th avenue to the Hudson River, and Houston to 14th Street, the West Village is one of the most unique and authentic neighborhoods in Manhattan, with a long history of artistry, music and culture that still very much defines the mood of the neighborhood. Also one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in the city, the West Village was established before most of the rest of New York City, resulting in one thing that makes it stand apart from the rest of the city more than anything else: its streets. Built before the grid system was popularized in the rest of the city, the narrow cobblestone streets of the West Village are much more irregular, winding through the neighborhood without rhyme or reason.
The neighborhood boasts buildings built as early as the early 1700’s. Making its history even more impressive, the West Village was home to historically famous writers such as Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, Normal Rockwell and many others. Unlike the rest of the city, the West Village has no sky scrapers or high-rise buildings thanks to the historic status of the neighborhood. The distinctly bohemian feeling of the West Village has remained intact from years past, with artists flocking to the neighborhood for the classic bohemian inspiration it offers. Old businesses harken back to the time when classic writers galavanted around the neighborhood, with establishments such as the White Horse Tavern, once frequented by the aforementioned literary figures, still standing. North of 14th Street is the Meatpacking District, which known for its posh shopping in fashion-forward boutiques.