Another great area to visit in New York is the Lower West Side. Have your walking shoes on because you’ll be covering lots of ground, and walk off the main roads to enjoy the local ambiance. This part of New York is very different from mid-town and many other areas. It really does have it’s own village vibe.
New York – Greenwich Village and Lower WestSide
This area, below 10th Street, is known for being the location of many TV shows and movie exteriors, from the Cosby show house to the Friends apartment as well as the front steps (known as a stoop) of Carrie (Sex and the City), even though she was supposed to be living on the Upper West Side.
100 Bedford St corner of Grove St – See the exterior of the Friends TV show Apartment building where Monica, Rachel, Joey and Chandler lived.
We did a self guided walking tour and saw many of the local delights, from the narrowest building at 75 ½ which is only around 2.5m wide and has been inhabited by, to the old workers apartments made from weatherboard (very rare in New York, everything is brick or concrete) which recently had an apartment sell for $2 million. 7 Leroy St -Jacob Romaine’s two and a half story residence is a rare and beautiful survivor of early Greenwich Village
I particularly liked looking at all the doors – such variety in decoration!
From Cornelia to Bank Sts
Stop off at Sugar and Plumm for a handmade chocolate or locally made icecream covered in brownies!
How to Get There
Take the train to 14th street and walk down 7th Ave, turn right at 10th street
Go down to the river, then wind your way back up zig-zagging up thecross streets to enjoy the local ambiance.
See the Bagel artworks and views down to One World Trade
Chelsea – Lower West Side
Walk the highline from 30th Street right down to Chelsea Market. It’s a disused railway line that has been turned into a walking park.
At one end you over look the Hudson at the end of the line. There is street art and sculpture (and even a market) to enjoy as you meander down the path. It’s one of those urban developments that will have really improved the area.
How to Get There
Take the Subway to 4th st and or 34th St Penn Station and walk west down 30th St to the corner of 10th Avenue where you’ll find the steps up to the Highline
Gorgeous photos! When I (eventually) make it to NY I’m definitely heading straight to the Lower West Side!
I get a kick out of visitors’ impressions of my city. I’m not saying that you’ll never find a reference, but we don’t really use the term “Lower West Side”. We’re much more likely to refer to specific neighborhoods: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lower_West_Side,_Manhattan
Re another post, in the U.S. we also use the term “thong” for flip-flops, but the latter is more popular.
Just looking at the Wikipedia link, I’ve never heard the term the “South Village”. I’m not sure that many people would recognize “Hudson Square”. Unlike some places, New York City does not have defined neighborhoods and there is considerable disagreement about boundaries.
Back in the spring, this blog invited New Yorkers to draw their neighborhoods on a map. In the past month, there have been many stories on the lack of agreement.
Yes I know – but for travellers I just tried to split up my travels by a kind of geographic area to have an idea of what I was talking about
Not just for underwear anymore then?