6.8 out of 10

Washington Sq West, Greenwich Village

40.7316283355233 -73.9991080121926
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


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

"Beautiful street if you can afford it (or go to NYU)"

Washington Square West is like all of the Washington Square park surrounding streets: awesome. The buildings are beautiful and the park is fantastic. This used to be the center of society during the Henry James era. And, it's not exactly society time in this area anymore, but you definitely have to have money to live in the area. The only problem is that because NYU has all but engulfed this neighborhood, good luck finding a building that isn't owned by them.
Eleanor Roosevelt had an apartment here (29 Wash Square West) during her marriage to FDR. It was her main residence after he died. Any of the homes across the street from the park are prime real estate. And, the neighborhood is so beautiful. I would rather live here than across from Central Park. Yeah, Central Park is bigger and more beautiful, but the fact that it's predominantly townhouses around Washington Square Park versus the high rises that surround Central Park give it much more of an aesthetic. And, it makes it kind of like living in a time capsule.
Washington Square Park also has a lot more color to it than other parks in the city. The South west corner of the park is where all the speed chess players go and play. It was where Bobby Fisher got his start and it is an incredible thing to watch although I wouldn't dare play on of them unless you are Chess gifted . . .they'll beat you in two moves and take all your money. During the 80's the park used to be a huge marijuana dealing playground. People used to get busted for pot here all the time, and although it has calmed down, I'm sure there's still an awful lot of pot activity going on in the park due to the fact that it's an awfully colorful park, people-wise, and the fact that NYU completely surrounds the park.
  • Beautiful
  • Beautiful Homes
  • Crowded
  • NYU
  • Constant construction
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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