In West Village apartments are found in brownstones and townhouses along tree-lined blocks as well as many prewar and modern rental, coop and condo buildings. This historic area has preserved architecture from the early 1800s forward.
Rich with preserved Landmarks, some of the first ever in New York City, the West Village retains a picturesque, tree-lined atmosphere in its "off-the-grid" layout that even confuses New York lifers. The Village has become a great place for nightlife, restaurants, celeb-spotting, and shopping, as well as artistic endeavors.
Celeb hotspot The Spotted Pig offers bistro food with a vibrant atmosphere. Pearl Oyster Bar and AquaGrill feature romantic, cozy-up type dining for some of the best seafood on the island. Laurent Tourondel's BLT Burger, one of several high-profile outposts all over the country, claims to have the best burgers in all 5 boroughs. For more upscale fare, Spice Market serves Thai fusion to beautiful people in a beautiful space.
Hudson River Park extends all along the West Side, featuring all sorts of activities. Smaller parks and green-areas such as Abingdon Square and Bleecker Playground offer usually quiet places to sit and enjoy a nice day.
The West Village saw the early stages of New York City's extensive landmarking projects, and some of those are among the oldest in the city. Talk a walk down Barrow St to find the city's narrowest house, #75, built in 1873, or visit the site of the old U.S. Appraiser's warehouse, a bonafide National Historic Landmark, kept intact but now an upscale apartment building. James Renwick Jr's 200 year old first attempt at church architecture (before St Patrick's Cathedral), Grace Church, sits at 802 Broadway, right at the bend in the street.
Bleecker Street has recently become a row of boutique and high end shops, including Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Lulu Guiness and Ralph Lauren. Specialty cheese shop Murray's and bakery Amy's Bread cover the gourmet food circuit. Indie aficionados should not miss Rebel, Rebel, House of Oldies and Generation Records for classic vinyl and vintage t-shirts.