7.0 out of 10

Bleecker St, Greenwich Village

Ranked 10th best street in Greenwich Village
40.7283866220628 -73.9996017280739
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Nightlife
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
2yrs+

"Giant, ugly housing unit"

Washington Square Village isn't an actual neighborhood. It's the name of an apartment complex that is so huge it spans several streets in Greenwich Village. It houses just under 1,300 apartments which is massive for Greenwich. And, it is a heinously ugly building. It looks like a hospital building that kids got ahold of. I think the only reason I've ever been on the grounds is to use one of their driveways to cross under the building rather than go around it.
WSV is built on the site of a former church from the 19th century which marked the most northern part of New York. By the 1950's, the city wanted renew the area because it was mostly working class. And, what a surprise, NYU took it over. I am convinced that NYU is going to own all of Manhattan by 2050. At this point, they're doing a pretty good job. The majority of the building is now used for housing for faculty and grad students. But, the thing that I find funny about the building is the original tenants were allowed to remain and because the village became so cool, a lot of them never moved out. So, there are still some super old people mixed in with all of these college kids smack in the middle of a university neighborhood.
I'm not a huge fan of the building because I think it robs the neighborhood of its village aesthetic. I guess it has a pretty eclectic mix of tenants at this point. But, the building is just so ugly and takes up so much of an already tiny neighborhood. It's pretty hard to like.
Pros
  • Central housing if you're a student
Cons
  • Ugly
Recommended for
  • Students
4/5
2yrs+

"A touristy spin on an old classic"

Once a vanguard of the bohemian movement, Bleecker Street - on first glance - doesn't seem to have changed much over the years. It's still popping with life - bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops line every inch of this bustling downtown street. But take a little look closer, and you may find that this bohemian standby isn't quite what it used to be. The prices are significantly more expensive - and the shops more gentrified than you might expect. The proliferation of not-particularly-fun nightlife outlets has resulted in the place turning into an out-of-towners' paradise, with so many crowds in so many soulless barstools. That isn't to say the place has exactly gone to the dogs - there are few chain stores, which in New York City is in fact something of a blessing. The architecture, too, is charming - with brick buildings and brownstones offering a promising Village-y feel in a city all too known for its high-rises. But overall, in order to find more organic "gritty" village charm, head not to the West but to the East Village, where bohemia may be dead, but at least real estate prices aren't comparable to the Upper East Side. Bleecker Street is well worth a stroll at the best of times, but ultimately it's better-served as a thoroughfare or background rather than a destination in and of itself.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
2yrs+

"One of the more famous streets in NY-- huge, busy and full of life"

Bleecker street is a long street that sweeps through lower Manhattan. It is a high traffic street (both cars and pedestrians) and has every New York thing there is: great shopping, great bars, great restaurants and a lot of history. I'll just highlight a few of my favorite things on Bleecker street because the street really is just too big to completely cover.

The corner of Bleecker and Bank is the apartment where Lauren Bacall moved when she was 17. She was very shortly thereafter crowned Miss Greenwich Village, put on the cover of Vanity Fair, and turned into a movie star -- so it must be a lucky apartment :) The corner of Bleecker and Perry is where Peter Warren lived. He was a captain who's capture and looting of an enemy ship made him one of the richest people in New York. He owned the entirety of what is now Greenwich Village. Thomas Paine lived at 309 Bleecker street at the end of his life.

Bleecker west of Sullivan has a ton of popular and notorious music venues: Kenny's Castaways, The Bitter End and The Red Lion to name a few . . . . alas, CBGB, as we all know, was recently closed (evicted by it's landlord, a homeless shelter if that's not ironic!).

West Bleecker has a ton of shopping in the vein of Marc Jacobs and Cynthia Rowley while the further East you go the shopping tends to get a bit more eclectic and Bowery-ish which is still cool in its own right.

As far as food, the uber famous Magnolia Bakery is on the corner of Bleecker and west 11th. The cupcakes are great but the wait is always out of control and Billy's is just as good. John's at Bleecker and Jones is famous for their slices of pizza and it is really good. Risotteria and Murrays Cheese Shop are both famous, both incredible, and both always really crowded. And, I have to mention the bar, Von, on the corner of Bleecker and Elizabeth. It's the first bar I ever went to in New York, it's dark and cool and it's still one of my favorite places in the city Just an awesome bar.
Pros
  • Tons to do
  • Bar scene
Cons
  • Always crowded
  • Kind of dirty
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Night life!!!"

Bleecker street is great on night life. It has lots of different restaurants, bars and lounges. You will definitely spend a great night there. During the day time you can visit numerous art galleries on Bleeker Street, see some untraditional and contemporary views and designs. It brings you much joy once visited!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Great Shopping in Greewich Village"

If you go down Bleecker Street, west of Fifth Avenue, you will find some amazing places to shop. Some my favorites include Satya, L’Uomo, and Clary & Co. Antiques. You can find almost everything you can think of, and you won't break your wallet. Additionally there is an array of great places to dine such as Amy's Bread, Wild Edibles, and Murray's Cheese. I always have a blast every time I'm there. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to do something a little different.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"food food food"

If you like shopping at clothing boutiques, then get your stomach ready for food boutiques. On bleeker St you can find a shop for cakes to those for cheeses. Bleeker st will allow you to soothe your taste buds. If your hungry though you may not want to visit because I guarantee you will spend spend spend.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A street with many different facets"

Bleecker St crosses the West and Greenwich Villages. Its western site is comparably quiet and full of elegant boutiques and delicious bakeries – try Magnolia Bakery. Passed 6 AV, you are entering the remaining of the legendary Bohemian Bleecker Street, once the favorite place of artists like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Kool & the Gang. Places like The Bitter End and Le Poisson Rouge keep the music tradition well alive. Right close to that, the central plaza of the NYU Silver Towers contains a giant Picasso statue. After Broadway, Bleecker St becomes quiet again, making its east side a perfect place where to live (if you can afford it!).
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Two hidden driveways"

Washington Square VLG (WSV) is the name of the two driveways that pass under the NYU’s ‘superblock’ apartment complex with the same name. WSV is bounded by West 3rd Street, Bleecker Street, Mercer Street and LaGuardia Place to the north, south, east and west respectively. Once entered the superblock from one of the sideways you can find a quiet green small park, where to sit far away from the crowd of Washington Square Park. There is also a playground for children. For the ones searching for a parking spot in the Greenwich Village, there is an underground garage underneath the park.

This is a great area where to live. Unfortunately, it is hard to find apartments in the surroundings.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Great place to grab a drink"

I like coming to Bleecker St to go out for a night on the town. The thought of all of the cool bands that played on Bleecker because of CBGB's always brings me back, but it's a little sad that CBGB's is closed down now. Check out the music shops in this area and go to a few bars. You'll love the vibe here.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Starting off an East Village outing right"

Possibly one of the best places to start a night out in the East Village; traditionally known for its restaurants and small pubs, Bleecker street is a thriving hub for anyone and everyone. On a typical night out in the East Village you will meet tourists from all over the world, students, New Yorkers, businessmen, and possibly even some celebrities. A popular area for late-night outings, and a nice, filling, pre-outing meal, Bleecker is one of those streets that support the popular view that New York City never sleeps.

The ultimate hideaway for the seeker of eclectic shopping, Bleecker Street boasts an array of shops ranging from old records, touristy souvenirs, delicious cheese, spices, and even a Tibetan arts store. Its proximity to Washington Square Park on the East side makes it a college student hot spot for starting off the night. It boasts some of The City’s most delicious eateries. A trip to Bleecker Street in the winter would not be complete without a steaming, gooey, plate of risotto at The Risoteria!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"Bleecker St, Nice Place"

Bleecker Street is named after Anthony Bleecker (1770–1827), a lawyer & a poet. This street is a spine that connects a neighborhood today popular for music venues and comedy, but was once a major center for American bohemia.
They say that the Bayard-Condict Building was one of the first steel skeleton frame skyscrapers in New York City. The Bitter End, Cafe Au Go Go, The Village Gate, Magnolia Bakery are some of the night spots I visited.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Street with best restaurants, bars, shopping stores to thrill"

Bleecker Street is also called The Greenwich Village Night club. The Bayard-Condict Building is one of the landmarks of history in the street. The street has the best restaurants, bars, shopping stores to thrill. It is a nice place to visit and stay. The Washington Square park and music venue Café Wha are a must visit places in the street.
3/5
2yrs+

"One of the famous streets of the New York City"

Bleecker Street is one of the famous streets of the New York City’s Manhattan region. The street is also known as a Greenwich Village night club district. The main attractions in the street are The Washington Square park and music venue Café Wha. The major landmark in the street is Bayard-Condict Building which is one of the first steel skeleton frame skyscrapers in New York City.
4/5
2yrs+

"Good dwelling place"

Bleecker street was named in honor of a lawyer named James Bleecker. It is sometimes also called Greenwich village. A few buildings viewed as landmarks of history are situated along this street. One of them is the Bayard Condict building. Restaurants here serve you the best of gourmet. Nightlife is much pronounced at the Bleecker street.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"Activity filled place"

Fabulous food and other delicacies await you on Bleecker street. It is a famous street in New York. It got its name after Anthony Bleecker, a lawyer. It is mostly known as Greenwich village. Night life and music is a prominent feature of this place. The Bayard Condict building is a major landmark of this place. You will also find the Winston Churchill square across this street. It was very easy to access this place as there were mostly buildings which had a popular name making it simpler to find your desired place.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Night clubs here rock!"

It is in the Greenwich Village night club district not far from Washington Square Park. You can find the best restaurants, the best bars, and the best girls! Bleecker Street was named for Anthony Bleecker, a lawyer and poet. He got this honor not for his writing, apparently, but because the street ran through his farm.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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