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City Living: Far West Village
The far West Village neighborhood offers quiet cobblestone streets, where you’ll find small neighborhood eateries and coffee shops neatly tucked away, charming townhouses, and a coveted waterfront.
These qualities make the nabe’s vacancy rate one of the lowest in the city, according to Citi Habitats real estate agent Rory Bolger, who lives and works there.
“The rental market moves quickly here,” he said. “If you see something you like you better move quickly because chances are there are 10 other people who saw it and like it too.”
Studio apartments in the area go for about $2,550 per month, one bedrooms cost around $3,350, and two and three-bedrooms are in the range of $4,500 to $7,000
Bolger said sometimes listings don’t hit the market because they’re gone just through word of mouth.
“It’s one of the few neighborhoods in the city where people feel comfortable living in a walkup,” he added, noting that in the sales and rental markets there is a tremendous amount of inventory in walkups.
But the far West Village also has its share of grand luxury buildings equipped with elevators and doormen. Many of these can be found along the Hudson River waterfront and include 1 Morton Square and the Richard Meier Perry Street Towers at 173 and 176 Perry St.
The Hudson River Park’s Piers 40, 45 and 51 are popular gathering spaces for families, dog walkers and couples.
Head back into the neighborhood and find small streets and retail corridors like Gansevoort Street which has shops including Rebecca Taylor, and Theory. Washington Street boasts Nicholas Kirkwood, Christian Louboutin Men’s, and French fragrance company Kilian.
The neighborhood is part of the larger Greenwich Village, which is well-known for its literary, artistic and activist history, particularly from the gay rights movement.
Community Board 2 Chairman David Gruber has lived in the area for a long time and witnessed its major changes.
“I’ve seen it morph into a real residential community,” he said. “A lot of manufacturing and commercial leases in the far West Village have been converted to residential and many buildings have been repurposed.” The area attracts heavy tourist traffic - about 3 million annually, Gruber said.
One drawback: “There’s an enormous nighttime crowd so there’s definitely a noise issue on some streets,” he said. He noted that the community board tries to stem the tide of restaurants that come in and want liquor licenses.
“While we approve many, we have to put a cap on it or else,” he said. “We need to balance the residential needs and accommodate the enormous influx at the same time.”
Gruber noted that there is a large demand for high rises, but community activists have successfully fought to landmark old buildings.
The neighborhood “has a wonderful kind of charming low density and we fight constantly to keep it that way,” he said.
The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields at 487 Hudson Street plans to build a 15-story, 153-foot residential tower at what is currently a parking lot at 100 Barrow Street. More »
90 Bank St. One-bedroom, one-bathroom rental unit; 500 square feet: $2,600 per month. More »
140 Charles St. #14E. One-bedroom, one-bathroom condo; 575 square feet: $1,300,000. More »
The Far West Village runs from Gansevoort Street, up over to Ninth Avenue and 14th Street in the north to West Broadway, Washington Street and Clarkson Street in the south. To the east is Hudson Street and its western boundary is the Hudson River. More »
TRAINS: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to West 4th Street; 1 to Christopher Street/Sheraton Square and Houston Street; A, C, E to14th Street; L to Eighth and Sixth avenues; 1, 2, 3 to 14th Street; F, M to 14th Street More »
NYPL, Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy St. More »
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The Far West Village is covered by the NYPD’s 6th Precinct at 233 W.10th St. For the week of April 7-13 there were 15 grand larcenies, or major thefts, down from 22 in the same week in 2013. Felony assaults that week were down from five reported by the precinct in 2013 to none this year. Overall crime dropped 29% in that week this year compared from 2013. More »
Italian and American is served up at this cozy, yet rustic spot that's loved by residents and visitors alike.
The Spotted Pig
Another neighborhood favorite, co-owned by Jay-Z, Bono and Mario Batali, The Spotted Pig offers a range of savory dishes and drinks and can get pretty packed on the weekend since it seats on a walk-in basis.
Casa La Femme
At this opulent, regal space, visitors can dine on authentic Egyptian cuisine in a private tent or an open table as belly dancers entertain.
At designer Donna Karan's socially conscious store, find elegant, one-of-a-kind designs in clothing, jewelry, furniture and accessories by Haitian artisans. Ten percent of the sales go to the Urban Zen Foundation, a charity which aims to help countries like Haiti.
The End of History
Vintage hand blown glassware and rare ceramics from the mid-century is the specialty at this shop. It is popular with designers, homeowners and glassware collectors.
Contemporary styles for men and women grace this luxury 1,800-square-foot shop.
White Horse Tavern
White Horse has been the acclaimed stomping, or should we say drinking, grounds of writers like Dylan Thomas, Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, and beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. Today you'll find locals, NYU students and tourists rubbing elbows and downing draft beers and snacking on bar food.
This dark and intimate spot functions as the perfect setting for a romantic date. A wide variety of wines and craft beers are offered.
Specialty drinks, whiskeys, bourbons, and a selection of wines are served up at this roomy yet cozy wine bar with small plates such as a pear and apple salad or sliders.
The High Line
The 1.45-mile, elevated park offers stunning views of Manhattan. Programs for kids and teens as well as tours and events like Stargazing on the High Line, a free program offered every Tuesday evening, make it a perfect venue to spend time during warm weather months.
Pier 40 and Pier 45, Hudson River Park
On Sundays at 9 a.m. the Hudson River Park Wild! free one-hour tour explores the area's waterfront history and its wildlife. Kayaking trips and classes are also offered at the Pier 40 Downtown Boathouse in the warm months. Pier 45 is a hot spot for sunbathers and summertime events.
The Lucille Lortel Theatre
Just outside the Hudson Street boundary, the theater, part of the Lucille Lortel Foundation showcases small off-Broadway plays. Currently on stage is "The Mystery of Irma Vep" and in May, "The Village Bike."
Rodolfo Bula prides himself on providing customers with fresh baked goods and exceptional customer service and that’s what he’s been doing since he opened the Sweet Corner Bakeshop at 535 Hudson Street. More »