Of all the neighbourhoods in New York City, the West Village is easily the most walkable, its cobbled corners straying from the signature grid that unfurls across the rest of Manhattan.
I began my walk on Cherry Lane at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Established in 1924, the theatre is the city’s longest continuously running off-Broadway establishment.
From there, I strolled around the corner to two apartment buildings immortalised by TV shows.
The apartment block at number 90, Bedford Street was the fictitious home of the cast of Friends and in real life consists of 21 one bedroom apartments (none of which are currently for sale).
Carrie Bradshaw lived at 66, Perry Street in Sex and the City and the character was often shown on the steps. You might have noticed that those steps are now chained off … presumably because the residents are fed up of a gazillion tourists and Instagrammers rocking up and sitting/posing on them.
North of Perry Street, you’ll find the Stonewall Inn, the starting place of the gay revolution. The Stonewall riots were a series of violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn.
I’d recommend the West Village as an escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan’s Midtown or Wall Street. The streets are quiet, the architecture is glorious and there are plenty of places to stop and people watch.