The West Village has a below average violent crime rate and an average property crime rate for New York City.
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The West Village is technically part of Greenwich Village, but most residents treat them as two distinct areas. The West Village is the slightly calmer, more exclusive, celeb-heavy part of the neighborhood. In fact, as you walk down its charming tree-lined streets of brick townhomes and brownstones, with the occasional café or restaurant tucked in, you'd be forgiven for thinking you weren't in a bustling city of 8.5 million people. But it ain't cheap to get that small town, close-knit community vibe – this is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city.
This area has a wealth of great restaurants for all budgets and some iconic nightlife venues, including the Village Vanguard jazz club, which opened in 1935; the White Horse Tavern, a 1950s literary favorite; and the Stonewall Inn, which was the birthplace of the gay rights movement in America. You'll also find unique boutiques, book stores, clothing accessories, and jewelry stores.
The West Village is bordered on the north by Chelsea, on the east by Greenwich Village, on the south by SoHo, and on the west by the Hudson River.
Wall Street: 2.5 miles / 15-20 minutes by car / 15-20 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 3 miles / 20-25 minutes by car / 15 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 7 miles / 30-35 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit
A no-reservations eatery drawing throngs for European-inspired meals and celebrity sightings.
A local institution that offers a range of cheap beers and famous burgers till the wee hours daily. Highly rated and loved by their customers.
Authentic, no-frills New York pizza.
A famous bar that helped start the gay rights movement in New York. It's still beloved by the LGBTQ community here and around the world.
Speakeasy style cocktails and great food.
One of New York's great jazz rooms, the Village Vanguard has been representing jazz across many generations.
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