Waterfront condos are all the rage these days, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the pickings are slim in many NYC neighborhoods. The demand is particularly high in the West Village, where luxury residential buildings have already crowded the coveted plots adjacent to the beautiful Hudson River. Thankfully, 160 Leroy Street will bring 50 spacious, new luxury condominiums to the culturally vast neighborhood. The prime location and impressive list of award-winning restaurants, performance venues, galleries and more make the Herzog & de Meuron-designed building one of the most desirable in the area.
Those with a thirst for arts and culture will find their bliss in the West Village, a neighborhood known for it’s endless options. Lovers of live theatre have their pick of off-Broadway houses known for producing some of the city’s most innovative works. The Cherry Lane Theatre on Commerce Street for example is the longest running Off-Broadway theatre in the country, known for presenting classic plays and developing groundbreaking new works. The Barrow Street Theatre is another 199-seat off-Broadway house that has hosting everything from one-man shows to full-scale musical productions. The New Ohio Theatre and Lucille Lortel Theatre are other popular destinations for rare and offbeat works. If the silver screen is a more appealing form of entertainment, the West Village and Greenwich Village are home to many of the city’s most beloved independent theatres such as the IFC Center, the Angelika Film Center and the vintage Quad Cinema, all showing rare, indie and foreign films. Music lovers have their pick of venues in the West Village between spots like the famous Blue Note Jazz Club and Le Poisson Rouge which hosts orchestral collectives as well as rare and intimate performances from artists like Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Lorde, Win Butler and countless others. Washington Square Park is another attractive location to catch musicians. This city park sees street performers and bands year round who come to busk during the evenings and weekends.
Fans of improv and stand up comedy will love MacDougal Street, home to The Comedy Cellar and the nearby Players Theatre both of which host comedians and improv teams on a nightly basis. This area is also a top destination for dining thanks to hot spots like The Olive Tree and Minetta Tavern, two restaurants with critically acclaimed menus and star-studded clienteles.
The West Village and Greenwich Village are also treasure troves for history buffs thanks to the area’s stunning architecture and rich past. The Washington Mews, which was originally used as a carriage house in the 19th Century, has become a popular spot for daytime strolls when the private gated community is open to the public. The Forbes Gallery is an intriguing museum featuring the Forbes family’s own personal collection of toys, art and more. Here guests can peer upon more than 500 toy boats, antique board games, books and more, with pieces dating back to 1870. The New York Public Library is also just a short walk away, and is a must visit for anyone with a soft spot for literature.