Greenwich Village (pronounced /ˌgrɛnɪtʃ ˈvɪlɪdʒ/), often simply called the Village, is a largely residential area on the lower west side of southern Manhattan in New York City named seemingly after Greenwich, London, England.
However, it was called Noortwijck ("Noort" or "North" because of its location north of the original settlement on Manhattan Island) or Greenwijck by the Dutch founders before the British takeover, so Greenwich is probably an Anglicization of the Dutch name. A large majority of this district is home to upper middle class families. Greenwich Village was known in the late 19th – earlier to mid 20th centuries as the bohemian capital, and the birthplace of the Beat Movement.
Ironically, what provided the initial attractive character of the community eventually contributed to its gentrification and commercialization.
For that small town feel in the Big Apple goto Greenwich Village. Home to bohemian creative types, NYU students, street performers and chess players, this tiny area below 14th Street and west of Broadway has a unique vibe. It's narrow streets, little parks and small boutiques make this a fun place to visit.
Many celebs are proud to call the Village home too, including actors Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anna Wintour, the imperial editor-in-chief of Vogue Magazine and country andfolk musician Steve Earle, who moved in in 2005, and even created an album after the neighborhood called Washington Square Serenade. You'll find plenty of students here, too due to the presence of New York University (NYU),
this trendy New York neighborhood is home to upper middle class families despite its fame as the birthplace of the Beat Movement and avant-garde and alternative culture. Greenwich Village became hip way back when, through the small presses, art galleries, and experimental theater that thrived here, though its become a bit more commercialized in recent years.