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Often simply called “the Village,” Greenwich Village is a residential neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan in New York City. The majority of the district is home to upper middle-class families. In the late 19th to mid-20th centuries, however, before the area had become regentrified, the neighborhood served as a haven for artists, “beatniks,” and was the birthplace of the Beat movement. Some of the best American writing, including that of the Beat poets, was born here.

Like a small town within Manhattan, the Village has narrow tree-lined streets and brick townhouses. The origin of the Greenwich Village name is the Dutch word Groenwijck, meaning “Green District.” Greenwich Village is bordered by Broadway to the East, the Hudson River to the West, Houston Street to the South, and 14th Street to the North. Surrounding neighborhoods include NoHo to the East, SoHo to the south, and Chelsea to the North.

Greenwich Village was once the home of writers, artists, and political activists, and to some extent the neighborhood still harbors non-mainstream residents. A high level of creative energy lives on in the Village, including Washington Square Park, and a counter-culture spirit still exists today with frequent indie film screenings, performance art and poetry readings, as well as vintage and second-hand clothing stores and inexpensive bistros. The area remains popular with musicians, street artists, and NYU students.

The Abingdon, a small hotel in Greenwich Village, offers affordable lodging with comfortable, New England-style accommodations.

The NBC sitcom Friends is set in the Village. Phoebe lived at 5 Morton Street, and the building in the exterior shot of Chandler, Joey, Rachel, and Monica’s apartment building is at the corner of Grove and Bedford Streets in the West Village.

Notable residents of Greenwich Village have included Lenny Bruce, Willa Cather, E. E. Cummings, Willem de Kooning, Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman, Jack Kerouac, Annie Leibovitz, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Odetta, Eugene O’Neill, Edgar Allan Poe, Leontyne Price, Calvin Trillin, Thomas Wolfe and Peter Yarrow.

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