7.2 out of 10

Washington Pl, Greenwich Village

Ranked 8th best street in Greenwich Village
40.7295862549693 -73.9949162521974
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  • Pest Free
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"A Village Street"

Washington Place is a little rowdier than most West Village Streets and a little less rowdy than most Greenwich streets. It is largely residential and has a lot of apartments that are characteristic of the area (i.e. old and run down with exposed brick and a lot of character). I have a friend who lives on Washington Place and her apartment is tiny and cute, but, like most Village apartments, it's oddly shaped so hard to furnish. People make it work though . . .
There's a lot of greenery around Washington Place between Washington Square Park and Sheridan Square. This doesn't sound that exciting but having green around you at all in downtown New York is pretty exciting. There used to be a lot of speakeasy kind of places, little theatres and tea rooms on this street but they've all gone under or moved uptown by now. And, it's mostly filled with places that appeal to NYU students given its proximity to the "campus."
I love Washington Square Park during the day but I don't know that I'd want to live so close to it. There's a lot of riff raff there -- as in any New York park, sure. But, it used to be a massive cemetery and they never moved the bodies. And, they used to conuct public executions here and the "hanging tree" still stands. It's just a little spooky to be around at night, in my opinion.
Another thing that's interesting about Washington Place in the spook factor realm is that the Asch Building is on this street. The Asch Building is the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. About 150 women were locked in the building while they were on the clock in a Shirtwaist factory when a fire broke out. Well, more like girls, I should say because I think the oldest one was only 19. They all died by either jumping from the building, suffocating or burning to death. People say it's one of the most haunted buildings in the city and it does have a really creepy energy to it. I'd pass on living across the street from that thing. Henry James was born directly nextdoor at 27 Washington Place. And, Cornelius Vanderbilt died across the street at 10 Washington Place. Apparently, there used to be stables and a race track on his property which is just wild.
There's not much else to remark about in regards to this street save maybe the Stoned Crow. Interesting name for an establishment, but it definitely suits the history. Most of the street is just apartments and park which isn't too shabby for a street -- except for all the bodies.
Pros
  • Historical
  • Great park
Cons
  • Crowded
  • Sketchy at night
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  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Convenient to NYU and the city"

Washington Place in New York City is a short street that runs from the Washington Square Park to Broadway. It is convenient to New York University. It is near the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library which is the main library run by NYU. There are very good restaurants in the area and access to local subway and bus routes is nearby.
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4/5
2yrs+

"A university street in the city"

Despite being any old street in New York City, this has a distinct university feel to it. In between classes at nearby New York University the street floods with college coeds coming and going, many to the shops and restaurants on or near Washington Place. However, just as many (if not more) are just going to class. The street sits near a number of NYU's central buildings and houses many of its departments and offices. It may not ooze distinct New York character but it certainly is buzzing.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Lovely neighborhood, can get crowded"

This street is part of a gorgeous neighborhood, and if you somehow get the opportunity to live here you have to take it up, whether you can stand the nearby crowds (especially during warmer months) or not. The street is in the NYU neighborhood, so there are a lot of students wandering around, and it’s also close to Washington Square Park, which also tends to attract crowds.
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4/5
2yrs+

"Between Broadway and Washington Square Park"

For many people, this is just a quiet way to reach Washington Square Park from Broadway. The majority of the buildings (if not all) in the street belong to NYU. Here, you find the austere building of the Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Sciences, and close to the park, the Silver Building, where the Department of Philosophy is. The remaining buildings are rented to NYU faculty and post-doctoral fellow, so there is no real chance to get an apartment in this street.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Short and sweet in the midst of NYU"

Washington Place is a tiny street of 5 blocks bisected by Washington Square Park. Either end is relatively quiet, especially the east end which is only 3 blocks long and bracketed by the park on one end and Broadway on the other, keeping through traffic to a minimum. The architecture is primarily NYU buildings, relatively tall but architecturally interesting (one interesting historical note is the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Building, site of the infamous deadly 1911 fire - now an NYU building)

I lived on the Broadway end of the street when I worked at NYU, which is fantastically close by - this road is smack in the middle of the de facto campus. This proximity is one of its greatest assets, keeping the area relatively safe; if hordes of undergraduates busily crisscrossing the sidewalk isn't your thing, you may want to stay away during daytime hours. Because of the presence of the school, there is not much to do or eat on Washington Place itself, but there are options close by. For eating, you can head up to the cheap places along 8th st, east a few blocks to the Japanese shops on St. Marks, or west over to Laguardia and other Village eateries. For shopping, head downtown along Broadway and you will find shopping (and shoppers!) galore, even on the blocks north of Houston.

Notably, Washington Square Park (now under renovation) is a welcome break from all the surrounding concrete, with shade and trees, some green space, a monumental arch, and a central fountain, not to mention all sorts of interesting people: artists, drug dealers, students, tourists.
Recommended for
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The #1 spot in Manhattan!!!"

I tell you what, if you are looking for the perfect street to live in Manhattan, this is it..

The actual street is positioned right amongst some of the hottest bars, restaurants and shops in Manhattan. And the best thing is this street is tucked away so that it's not that noisy. Plus it's 1 min walk to the subway.

I wouldn't want to live anywhere else in Manhattan.

Drawbacks? It's pretty pricey.

Enjoy Manhattan here, you will love it.
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AdamS
AdamS rickyrad!!!! Nice review mate, you know I love it.
2yrs+
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