3.9 out of 10

West 3 St, Greenwich Village

Ranked 20th best street in Greenwich Village
40.7293294299937 -73.9979211601045
Great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Parking
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Hipsters


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

"Pretty much just jazz bars and NYU"

West 3rd is a pretty rowdy street. It used to be a pretty historical area but now it is completely overrun with downtrodden "jazz" clubs and NYU buildings. It's a lively street but I wouldn't call it the cleanest, quietest or most interesting street in the village
There's a really famous basketball court called the West 4th basketball courts. The people playing are always really good and it's fun to stop and watch them for a few minutes before you press on to the subway. Directly across 3rd are a couple of bars that are an absolute nightmare on weekends. The Fat Black Pussycat used to be a pretty famous jazz club like many of the music venues on 3rd. Bob Dylan used to perform here a lot. But, now, it's mostly just frat kids. The West 3rd bar scene scares me a little to be completely honest. They are all packed, like mob style packed, with deafeningly loud music.
The IFC theatre is right at 3rd and 6th. They definitely play an interesting selection of independent films but I prefer the Angelika as far as location, films . . pretty much everything. It's a little too rowdy in this part of town (and a little too dirty) for an indie theatre.
The entire block between Sullivan and Thompson is taken over by NYU. There has been much fanfare to save Edgar Allen Poe's house where he wrote The Raven. NYU has, so far, gutted the inside of the house but saved the facade. I think this is criminal but that's NYU for ya.
NYU has pretty much taken over this entire area (they'll probably dominate the city by the end of this decade. A lot of the buildings are ugly and they are built over buildings that had a lot of history. The hall that takes up the entire south side of the block of West 3rd between Mercer and Broadway is a perfect example.
The block used to be the site of Tripler's Hall -- where many famous actors and singers performed in the 1850's. James Fenimore Cooper's memorial service was also held here. It burnt down in 1859 and was replaced by the Winter Garden Theatre. All of the Booth brothers performed Julius Caesar here for the only time they would ever work together. Edwin went on to much fame in New York and started the Players' Club. John Wilkes went on to infamy for killing the President. Then it was a hotel that was the site of the famous Fisk-Stokes shoot-out. And, finally, it was an original NYU hall that collapsed and killed four students in the 70's. Pretty crazy but that is the great thing about New York!
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Overtaken by NYU drunksters"

You either love the NYU students or you wish them struck by lightning, one by one, to the bitter last, but the street remains important to the area below Washington Square Park and its lively cluster of bars and restaurants—I think this area is called NoHo (North of Houston) and doesn't technically constitute Greenwich Village, but the nomenclature is fluid in such cases. You've got Zinc, the Blue Note, and Groove to remind you that this used to be a hot place to play jazz, though anyone with taste in jazz probably wouldn't go to any of these establishments. Why not? They're expensive and commercial-minded, and real jazz is being made in someone's basement somewhere anyway. But musicians pay their rent giging in such places, so if you don't know somebody who knows somebody who knows where the right basement is, you might as well go hear jazz in one of these locales. You can get great sushi, great crepe, and exotic cigarettes on this street. Passing by recently, I saw a guy advertising his services as he walked, by repeating the phrase “Picture ID.” It makes sense, doesn't it, that he would position himself on 3rd Street to sell fake ID's? With the great offering of bars in this hood and the droves of under-aged NYU students, he would be the obvious connector.
  • good location near Washington Square
  • lively nightlife
  • dominated by the university
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
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

"The usual NYU neighborhood stuff"

You can find some NYU buildings on this street, along with the offerings that come with the classroom facilities – the nearby inexpensive restaurants and chains. Washington Square Park is also in the vicinity, and in the warm months people flock to the area, and it can get pretty crowded with people who have to be there (residents and students) and people who are just visiting (tourists and the homeless).
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

"Quite a Happening Block"

This is a great area to stroll around in, especially if you like to watch all sorts of people come and go. West third street, directly below Washington Square Park, is a cozy little meeting point for poets, artists, musicians alike. There are some great spots to hear jazz on the weekends, and of course, a quaint little culture of mini bars and pubs, and yes, the 24 hour delis. Don't miss the great Crepe place on W 3rd and McDougal, which is quite literally just a hole in the wall. Walking by this place, is a great loss to the palate. The street offers a nice view of the park, although it is currently still going through great renovations, as they plan to move the fountain to align with the arch. The street thrives on the weekends, where throngs of students and other New Yorkers alike stroll along the lively blocks.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5

"West 3rd Street"

Don’t expect much from this street. It’s kind of far away from the parks and really nothing to offer in the way of great food, it’s just a residential street that is not worth seeing on your trip to New York . If you’re looking for somewhere to live, however, this place could be considered on account of its accessibility and its Manhattan location.
Uraniumfish Hunh? It's exactly one block away from Washington Square Park and isn't at all residential. Doesn't seem you've actually been here.
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