6.2 out of 10

Charles Ln, West Village

Ranked 26th best street in West Village
40.7343555026878 -74.0092505014428
Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
2yrs+

"Lovely alley; but, its not as lovely as it could be"

Charles Lane is an interesting little slip of an alley between Washington and West. Alleys like this are very coveted property in the West Village because they're so removed from traffic and most tourists and even Manhattan residents don't know they exist. This alley used to be the Northern entrance of New York's first prison. When it was torn down, the alley was paved with stones that are not found anywhere else in the city which I think is pretty cool. The little old homes are really unique as well, and I wish this lane was as cool as it could be.
It's insanely expensive (as the West Village is want to be) but back around the 80's when the West Village was just starting to get popular again, Charles Lane had an interesting dynamic. The lane was mostly longtime residents that all cultivated private "ftont yards," every one knew each other and they had mini block parties on the weekends. It had a very bohemian spirit in the vein of the old West Village. But, there were also prostitutes and drug dealers lingering around West and, apparently, they would trickle into this alley at night. I don't live that far from Charles Lane now, and I can attest to the fact that there are still some suspect people lurking around the Westside Highway so I can only imagine what things these poor people saw back in the '80's. Sadly, a couple of massive building complexes went up on the west side of the alley in the '90's (I think) and it completely changed the street. It's still really quaint and very expensive. And, I don't think there is a lot of illegal activity on it any longer. But, the charm was lost a little bit. The gardens are all unkept and the aesthetic just isn't up to par. Check out other West Village alleys like Patchin Place and Washington Mews and you'll see what I mean. It's still lovely and I wouldn't say no to living on Charles Lane. But, it's not the most attractive alley in the neighborhood. And, it should be.
Pros
  • Secluded
  • Cool homes
Cons
  • Not as quaint as the other alleys
  • Next to Westside Highway
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Charles Lane is at the Edge of the Village and Close to the Greenway"

Charles Lane is a short street that is mixed use, meaning there are some warehouse and storage facilities as well as apartments and condos. This makes the apartments less expensive than living closer in to the Village area. However, the rents are not cheap here, even if they are a few blocks away from the more "hip" area of the Village. This street does not have a lot of traffic, which is unique for New York City, but that's because it can't be used as a short cut. The people living here look out for one another, which is nice. You are about a 10-15 minute walk to the subway and there are bus lines that can take you uptown or downtown. You can find shopping and eateries on Washington Street and Christoper Street. All in all, this is a a decent street that has a lot of possibilities.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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