7.4 out of 10

Bethune St, West Village

Ranked 14th best street in West Village
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Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Pest Free
  • Parks & Recreation
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Apr 24, 2011

"Attractive Greenwich Village Neighborhood"

With its Greek Revival house (one of which was the home of Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Gray), Bethune Street is a classic example of the quiet, tree-lined historic streets that are characteristic of this neighborhood. Its historic pedigree is impeccable: famous art photographer Diane Arbus committed suicide on this street at number 77, a former artists' colony, and Kurt Vonnegut's character Howard Campell (from novel Mother Nights) also lived on this street. Today this street is peaceful and pleasant, with plenty of greenery near Beeker Playground and the Hudson River Greenway, which also offers a bicycle path and river views. While this street's not known for its lively nightlife, there's nevertheless plenty to do: visit nearby Bank Street Theatre for some off-off Broadway productions, or dine at the charming vinoteca Entwine, Mexican Tortilla Flats, or charming French bistro Le Recette. Just avoid the party-hardy crowd of the nearby Meatpacking District!
Pros
  • Near green spaces
  • Beautiful homes
  • Historical
Cons
  • Not much nightlife
  • Sleepy
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
Oct 07, 2010

"Little street but noteworthy and beautiful"

Bethune only covers a few blocks in the west village. But, like pretty much all of the village, it is beautiful, old and history packed. It starts at the Hudson toward the top of the West Village. The building right at the corner has a ton of history. It is now called the Westbeth but it once used to be the Western Electric Labs. The vacuum tube, radars, sound films, and the first digital computer were all invented in this building. It was also the location of the first television transmission. NBC inhabited this building for a while. It was later turned into an artists' colony where Diane Arbus killed herself.
Right at Washington are some Greek Revival Townhouses that are really beautiful. Jennifer Grey and Walker Evans used to live here. Now, just regular rich people do. Abingdon Square is at the bottom end of Bethune. There's an interesting story behind this place because it was a bit of land given to the daughter of Peter Warren (used to own most of Greenwich) as a wedding gift to the Earl of Abingdon. It's one of the few places in the Village that hasn't had its British name replaced because the Abingdon's helped the Americans in the Revolutionary War. It's not much as far as a park goes but it is a nice place to sit when the weather is decent.
Pros
  • Beautiful homes
  • Historical
Cons
  • Sleepy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5
Jan 29, 2009

"More family oriented than other streets around it."

There are some streets in Manhattan that just seem more family oriented than others; this is one of them. It's a mostly residential block that offers pretty peaceful living accommodations. A small recreation center brings real life to the neighborhood during the warmer months. It's not a tourist attraction by any means but it's a nice quiet place to call home.
3/5
Jul 04, 2008

"Bethune Street in the Village"

This is a good street, but is mainly residential. There is a good basketball court on the north end of the street, and one my favorite summer passtimes is watching kids play. I wondered how many furture NBA stars were there. There were some girls playing jump rope and hopscotch, and they let me play! I love summer in this city, it's seems like everyone is on vacation!

Bethune Street is close to the following metro stations: 6 at Spring Street, F, J, M, Z at Essex St- Delancey St, and the J, M, Z at Bowery. It is also accessible to many buses. Foot traffic is moderate, and it is a good neighborhood for all people!

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