West Village

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West Village, Houston Street to West 14th Street, and 6th Avenue - Avenue of the Americas to the Hudson River.
The West Village is the western part of the Greenwich Village neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Though there are no defined boundaries, the area is usually defined as bounded by the Hudson River and either Sixth Avenue or Seventh Avenue, extending from 14th Street down to Houston Street. Bordering neighborhoods include Chelsea to the north, the South Village, and the newly invented (2009) area called Hudson Square to the south, and Central Village to the east. The West Village neighborhood is primarily residential, with a multitude of small restaurants, shops and services. The area is part of Manhattan Community Board 2.

The West Village sites and attractions:
* High Line
* Hudson River Park
* Jefferson Market Branch, New York Public Library
* Meatpacking District
* St. Luke in the Fields Church
* Stonewall Inn
* Village Vanguard
* Westbeth Artists Community

Subway service from The West Village:
* Christopher Street – Sheridan Square at Seventh Avenue; serving the 1 2 trains
* Houston Street at Varick Street; serving the 1 2 trains
* 14th Street – Eighth Avenue at Eighth Avenue; serving the A C E L trains
* West Fourth Street – Washington Square at Sixth Avenue; serving the A B C D E F M trains
* 14th Street at Seventh Avenue; serving the 1 2 3 trains


History:
The West Village a/k/a "Little Bohemia" starting in 1916,[1] West Village is the center of the bohemian lifestyle on the West Side, with classic artist's lofts (Westbeth Artists Community), Julian Schnabel's Palazzo Chupi, and new residential towers designed by American architect Richard Meier facing the Hudson River at 173/176 Perry Street.

Geography:
The West Village neighborhood are streets that are "off the grid" set at an angle to the other streets in Manhattan sometimes confusing both tourists and city residents.
The Meatpacking District at the north end of this neighborhood, also known as the "Gansevoort Historic District," is filled with trendy boutiques and night clubs.
Beginning in the early 1980s, residential development spread in the far western reaches of the West Village, between the Hudson River and Hudson Street.[2]
These roads were laid out in an 18th century grid plan, approximately parallel or vertical to the Hudson, long before the Commissioners' Plan of 1811 which created the main street grid plan for later parts of the city. Even streets that were given numbers in the 19th century to make them nominally part of the grid can be idiosyncratic, at best. West 4th Street, formerly Asylum Street, crosses West 10th, 11th and 12th Streets, ending at an intersection with West 13th Street. Heading north on Greenwich Street, West 12th Street is separated by three blocks from Little West 12th Street, which in turn is one block south of West 13th Street.

The High Line connects the historic district to the art galleries in Chelsea and points north. The elevated train tracks running parallel to Tenth Avenue have been converted to an open greenway. The tracks once served the businesses in the area, but have been long abandoned. Instead of demolishing the structure, the unique features have been used to benefit the entire city.