5.0 out of 10

West 13 St, Greenwich Village

40.7366153618178 -73.9972139696308
Great for
  • Schools
  • Public Transport
  • Safe & Sound
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Students


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

"Not a happening block"

A few apartment buildings and the theatre for the New School make up the corner of 13th and 6th. The 13th Street Repertory is just across from the theatre and it is, sadly, being threatened with demolition. I don't know if it's falling victim to NYU but my guess is that is probably the case. It's such a shame too. The theatre is great and has been around for 40 years. And, the building dates to the 18th century so I can hardly believe it's not a historical landmark. I suppose Greenwich isn't as outspoken as the West Village about protecting its buildings nowadays. There are a lot of businesses on this street as the area is dangerously close to Union Square which is very commercial. None of them are very noteworthy in my book save the Quad Cinemas which is a lovely theatre similar to the Angelica. The Parsons School of Design is on the corner a few doors down from the Quad which makes this one of the most school-heavy blocks in the city. There are students, literally, everywhere.
60 West 13th was the first public boys school in New York. It opened in 1897 and is actually still a high school. Across the street used to be a high end department store. It opened in 1904 but was closed in 1914. The building is gorgeous even if it doesn't have the cache it once did. 40 used is a beautiful gothic building that used to be where they made all of the glass for the churches. It's now a Jewish Center and I find that hilarious.
There's not really much to say about West 13th in the Village because it's so commercial. The buildings are lovelier but there are lovelier blocks and it's almost entirely school buildings so there's not really a lot going on outside of traffic trickling in from 14th street.
  • Some of the architecture
  • No bars or restaurant scene
  • No neighborhood feel
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Students

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