7.5 out of 10

Washington Sq South, Greenwich Village

Ranked 4th best street in Greenwich Village
40.7302982307555 -73.9980905051492
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

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 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"Love the Park!"

Washington Square South is a beautiful street -- much like the rest of the surrounding streets of Washington Square Park. It is filled with old townhouses, churches and century old NYU buildings. There are trees lining the street; and, it's quite lively because of university students and the park. I love this area. It's so rich with history, beautiful and full of energy.

The entire block between Sullivan and MacDougal was inhabited by John Reed at some point. He lived on one building when he was a graduate, moved into the building next door after he moved in with socialite, Mabel Dodge, and it didn't work out. And, then he moved next door to that when he married Louise Bryant (who later had an affair with Eugene O'Neill just down the street). Needless to say, Reed, along with many other prominent writers, really liked this street.

Weirdly, this street has just about every kind of church all within a few blocks. I suppose that's what happens on the ground around a university; but, none of the churches are really all that aesthetically appealing (in my opinion). St Marks on the Bowery is a far more appealing church to visit and it's just down the street. Holy Trinity Chapel on the corner of Wash Sq South and Thompson replaces the former residence of the executioner for Washington Square Park. He would just walk to work at the hangman's tree and execute someone and walk home. I'll bet that church has some unhappy ghosts. Nextdoor to the church is a NYU student center where Bob Dylan played his first gig.

A number of famous writers lived around Washington Square South and LaGuardia. There was a boarding house for the literary genius where the student center is now, and, according to lore, just about every prominent literary figure has lived there at some point.
Pros
  • Beautiful
  • Beautiful Homes
  • The Park
Cons
  • Crowded
  • NYU
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5
2yrs+

"College Atmosphere makes the neighborhood feel disjointed."

Washington Square South is a unique area, that is for sure. The park is lively and there are always a good deal of performers in the area providing free entertainment. New York University has taken over a good part of the area with it's library and catholic center so students are the most common demographic in the area. While that is fine, NYU students have a tendency to be interesting people. The street has a lively vibe, but overall it just feels a bit disjointed and strange. I don't have anything against it, per say, but it can feel a bit strange at times.
Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Washington Square is full of weirdos, but I love the NYU library"

I do love the pretty arch over Washington Square Park and I remember seeing Ricki Lake here asking people questions for her show. It's full of weirdos and street performers, but I love this street because of NYU's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library right on 70 Washington Sq. They have a large collection and I went right after two students had committed suicide there.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"A pleasing walk through the park"

Beautiful park to your left, and college atmosphere to your right. What's not to like? Musicians are scattered across the grass, providing nice background noise for a romantic walk through the park. This park seems to be less crowded than the rest, so it is usually a great destination for taking any tourists to take a breath from the busy city.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"University Street Vibrant with Activity"

In 2008, the majority of the park is undergoing renovation due to a (unnecessary) move of the fountain. However, the musicians, activists, and park lovers are all out on the park side of the street. The south side of the street bustles with NYU students going in between the student center, library, law school, and other campus buildings that reside on this stretch.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"Refurb but a classic old park"

Aside from Central Park, you’re bound to see more activity here than anywhere else in the city… Great jazz on the weekends and a variety of buskers all earning a buck knocking out one tune after the other. There are big plans to develop this area and move the fountain in line with the beautiful arch – it’s a controversial development but I do think the park is in need of a refurb. It’s currently closed and fenced off. It’s looking pretty run down in areas and the toilets are very sub-par.. But don’t let that detract from this wonderful square. Come down on a Saturday morning and do some people watching for awhile and give a few dollars to the buskers.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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