Neighborhood Spotlight | Greenwich Village

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Year after year and decade after decade, Greenwich Village remains the place to be and be seen in New York City. Energetic, eclectic and offbeat, the neighborhood is one that drops all pretenses in the same vein as its nickname: simply, “The Village.” With Washington Square Park at its center, the area extends from 6th Avenue to Broadway and from West Houston Street to 14th Street.

Though exceedingly popular, the area stays true to its name, offering a village-like vibe at every turn of the corner. Read below for a curated list of the best that Greenwich Village has to offer, from standout eats to flagship shops and more!

DINING

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The Beatrice Inn
285 West 12th Street
This establishment redefines the traditional New York chophouse, offering a 1920’s speakeasy vibe. Classic and innovative cocktails steal the show here with a meat-centric menu to match.

Carbone
181 Thompson Street
On any given night, visit Carbone for classic Italian cuisine, celebrity spottings and warm hospitality. Don’t miss the Spicy Rigatoni Vodka!

Sant Ambroeus
259 West 4th Street
From gelato and espresso to full meals with wine pairings, this elegant Italian cafe never disappoints.

Mermaid Oyster Bar
79 Macdougal Street
This spot is perfect for mid-day or happy-hour cocktails and a dozen oysters on ice. White-washed walls and minimal design make for the perfect light and airy atmosphere.

Bar Pitti
268 Sixth Avenue
Serving up only the finest in Italian and glamour, Bar Pitti is known for its sidewalk seating and people-watching potential.

Sushi Nakazawa
23 Commerce Street
Sushi Nakazawa serves the omakase of renowned chef Daisuke Nakazawa. Known for its exceptional service, the restaurant has become a destination spot for sushi lovers across the city and beyond.

Minetta Tavern
113 Macdougal Street
This classic old-school tavern serves some of the best steaks, chops and burgers in the city. Minetta Tavern is best known for its bone marrow and Black Label Burger.

Il Mulino
86 West 3rd Street
An extensive wine list and elegant setting complete any meal at Il Mulino. Come in for old-school Italian cuisine and stay for the sleek surrounds!

ZZ’s Clam Bar
169 Thompson Street
This tiny restaurant redefines the term “hip” and makes for the ultimate intimate seafood dining experience. Enjoy raw bar specialties and well-crafted cocktails. Be sure to make a reservation!

Miss Lily’s
132 West Houston Street
Miss Lily’s reigns as one of the city’s most celebrated Caribbean destinations, serving tasty Jamaican fare and island cocktails. For as real a departure from the city as it gets, come for brunch and conversation, or dinner and a night of dancing with friends!

ARTS & CULTURE

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Maccarone Art Gallery
630 Greenwich Street 
This contemporary art gallery holds two exhibition spaces in the West Village, with an outpost in Los Angeles as well. Consistently well-curated, the most serious of art crowds come back time and again!

White Columns Exhibitions
320 West 13th Street 
White Columns Exhibitions is the city’s oldest alternative non-profit space, and is dedicated to showcasing emerging artists who are not affiliated with galleries.

Blue Note Jazz Club
131 West 3rd Street
Reigning as one of the world’s most premier jazz clubs, this cultural institution was founded in Greenwich Village in 1981. Visit this intimate and iconic club for the all-around jazz experience!

Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
Patrons come back to this multimedia art cabaret time for its dedication to the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, film, theater, dance and fine art. incredible acoustics yield a state-of-the-art performance space. Visit LPR an out-of-the-box experience, any night!

Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street
Presenting classic plays and exciting new works, Cherry Lane Theatre stands as longest continuously running off-Broadway theater. Since 1924, the establishment’s mission has remained to cultivate an urban artist colony, honor its groundbreaking history and engage audiences to illuminate contemporary issues.

Comedy Cellar
117 Macdougal Street 
This iconic comedy club is known for surprise drop-ins by high profile celebrity comedians. Go any night of the week for an experience that is sure to give you more than one opportunity to laugh!

Jefferson Market Library
426 Sixth Avenue
Originating as a courthouse, the Jefferson Market Library stands inside a New York City landmark decked with stained glass windows and an iconic spiral staircase. Come to find a book, or stay a while in its historic atmosphere!

SHOPPING

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Goods For The Study – McNally Jackson Store
50 West 8th Street 
You won’t ever want to borrow another pen after visiting Goods For The Study and browsing their high-end selection! Also in stock are well-curated stationery, unique greeting cards, fun art supplies, quality paper products and an array of notebooks.

The End of History
548 1/2 Hudson Street 
This small, two-window storefront houses vintage and international glassware, all categorized by color. Now in its twentieth year, The End of History is a Greenwich Village staple!

Monocle Shop
535 Hudson Street 
Standing as the tiny retail off-shoot of the namesake magazine, Monocle Shop offers luxury home, fashion and male-targeted gift options.

Khirma New York
102 Charles Street
Former stylist and high-end accessory designer Khirma Eliazov curates her women’s boutique with premier exotic materials and goods. Visit this simple flagship for modern handbags, accessories and more!

Town Neighborhood Spotlight: Murray Hill/Kips Bay

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It’s challenging to actually be an under-the-radar neighborhood in the world of Manhattan real estate. However, the Kips Bay/Murray Hill area — two adjacent neighborhoods frequently confused and conjoined — has been just that for years. New York magazine calls the Midtown (Far) East section “decidedly unhip,” which has worked in the locales’ favor, keeping homes there relatively affordable. But the city’s construction boom has now struck this section as well, putting Kips Bay/Murray Hill under a stronger spotlight than usual.

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Arguably the area’s best real estate feature is its diverse selection. There really is something for everyone in Kips Bay/Murray Hill. Townhouses are found on 35th Street, and there are abundant co-ops throughout the neighborhood, along with chic condos, high-end rentals and a growing number of micro-apartments.

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The city’s first micro-apartment building going up at 335 E. 27th St. on Carmel Place will offer outstanding services typically reserved for luxury residential high rises. Residents there will have access to a gym, lounge, workspaces, swimming pools, spas, house cleaning, laundry and grocery shopping.

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Construction of Fisher Brothers’curvy new rental building at225 E. 39th St. is well under way and scheduled to be complete in spring 2017. The shapely, glass building faces southeast and will rise 36 stories with 373 units spread across 375,000 square feet. Amenities will include a fitness facility, children’s playroom, lounges, a café, a library, a courtyard garden and a 35th-floor rooftop deck.

Shalimar Management is also putting up a 12-story mixed-use building at 543 Second Ave. There will be retail on the ground floor, and each of the one- and two-bedroom abodes will features balconies.

Town Residential has a number of excellent listings in the neighborhood for apartments of various sizes.

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Though many may call Kips Bay/Murray Hill a hidden enclave, nestled next to the East River, its location puts residents within easy walking distance of Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue shops, Herald Square and Grand Central Station.

Kips Bay/Murray Hill itself boasts tons of eclectic bars and restaurants. There’s outstanding Indian, Korean and Sichuan cuisine, plus traditional Italian and Southern barbecue. The neighborhood also has plenty of boisterous sports bars and classic pubs. Fairway Market has a space on 30th Street and Second Avenue and a sizable AMC movie theater next door. St. Vartan’s Park, a beautiful, cozy green space at 35th Street and First Avenue, is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Clearly, this quiet little neighborhood is — literally — on the rise, with plenty to offer. Once the Second Avenue Subway is complete, the excuse keeping some from living there — “it’s too far from the train” — will be eradicated.

The Five Best Rooftop Bars in NYC Right Now

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Spring has sprung and that means New Yorkers can finally take part in one of their favorite pastimes again: outdoor cocktails! If you’re looking for a cool place for some fresh-air imbibing, here are five of the finest hotspots located on rooftops around the city:

1. Ava Lounge
     210 West 55th Street, the penthouse floor of the Dream Hotel

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Merging elements of nightlife elegance from the Riviera, Rome and South Beach, Ava Lounge is a relaxing locale with stunning panoramic views from the Hudson River to Times Square. Partygoers are encouraged to book a space ahead of time to ensure optimum comfort, and online reviewers recommend signature rooftop cocktails like the lychee martini, filled to the brim, or the Gin and Sin—a spirited mix of gin, Chambord, and fresh lemon and lime.

For more information and to book a reservation, visit the venue’s website here.

2. Bookmarks
     299 Madison Avenue, 14th floor of the Library Hotel

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Put on your business-casual best and enjoy Bookmarks’ small plates and literary-inspired cocktails while taking in great Midtown views from the comfort of cozy sofas and club chairs. There are artisanal cheese plates accompanied by fig marmalade and apricot jam, along with fifteen specialty drinks, including infused sparkling cocktails and seasonal specials. Try the Tea S. Eliot: Van Gogh wild appel vodka infused with earl grey tea, Giffard vanilla liqueur, orange marmalade, fresh grapefruit juice, and topped with chai tea foam. Sneak away into the enclosed greenhouse or keep warm during those slightly nippy spring nights by the fireplace.

For more information, view the venue’s official website here.

3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar
     1000 Fifth Avenue, via the fifth floor elevator in the European Sculpture       gallery

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At one of the rare kid-friendly bar locales, patrons of the Met’s outdoor martini bar can enjoy an informal, relaxed atmosphere with light fare and surprisingly strong cocktails, not to mention panoramic Manhattan views that include Central Park and much of the skyline. There are also seasonal exhibitions unveiled from May through October. Arrive early for some late day drinking—the bar opens at 5:30pm and closes at 8:15pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, visit the venue’s website here.

4. Gallow Green
     542 West 27th Street at the McKittrick Hotel

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You don’t have to see the spooky, interactive off-Broadway bonanza that is Sleep No More—though we highly suggest you do—inside the McKittrick Hotel to enjoy this leafy, solarium-like sanctuary in Chelsea. The wood tables and flooring give the space a country feel, though the West Side skyline in prominent and breathtaking view will remind a visitor that they’re still very much in the city. Pick the right time to have a specialty drink and a pop-up brass band might appear, while actors borrowed from the show talk up the bar’s thirsty patrons. Bring some friends and try the Bowmore Punch out of a pitcher made from single-malt Scotch, Madeira wine, and orange shrub sweetened with dememara sugar. There’s also a boozy, bottomless Sunday brunch with a big band performance that requires tickets.

For more information, visit the venue’s website here.

5. Sheltering Sky
     160 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, on the eighth floor of the McCarren Hotel

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Overlooking McCarren Park, Sheltering Sky offers food, cocktails, and music—not to mention plenty of fresh air and outstanding eastern views of the entire Manhattan skyline. There are scheduled parties featuring noted DJs from around the world throughout the warm-air months. Keep an eye out for those to ensure the best this spacious, cushy bar has to offer.

For more information, visit the venue’s official website here.

 

Family News: Getting Into NYC’s Top Charter Schools

7. Family News- Getting Into NYC’s Top Charter Schools
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Charter schools have received an incredible amount of attention over the course of the past decade, and New York City is home to a handful of very high-performing charters, including the Hellenic Classical Charter School in Park Slope, the Lower East Side’s Girls Preparatory Charter School of New York, and the Williamsburg Collegiate Charter, among others. These schools are ranked among the very best in the city by the nonprofit GreatSchools and—not surprisingly—are all a challenge to get into.

 

Each individual school has its own unique application process. In most cases though, applications will be due during the school year, between the months of December and April. Ultimately, all of the city’s charter schools choose their students via a lottery drawing; however, there is much to be done before that stage. First, make sure that the school you apply to is a viable option for your child. Get in contact with the administration and try to schedule a tour. Touching base with the schools you’re interested in, and getting your paperwork in on time, will at least ensure your child makes it to the lottery stage. While you should start by looking at schools in your neighborhood, charters aren’t completely limited by location, so consider schools further away as well.

 

Here’s a quick look at three of the most sought-after charters schools in NYC:

 

1. Hellenic Classical Charter School: Serving grades Kindergarten through 8, this acclaimed Park Slope school provides rigorous classical education. There’s a focus on Greek and Latin studies as well as history, with the promise that students will be prepared to enter the best high schools in New York. Applications can be found on their website.

 

2. Girls Preparatory Charter School: If you have a young lady ready for middle school, give this East Village school a look. Their philosophy of same-sex education is designed to empower young women with the confidence to succeed as they move forward in their educational lives. Applications are available online.

 

3. Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School: This Brooklyn school, founded in 2005, serves grades 5 through 8 and has an incredible variety of extra-curricular enrichment activities, from music production to yoga and Zumba classes. Students at this school tend to perform well-above average in mathematics testing, making it a popular choice in Williamsburg. Visit this portion of their website to apply.

 

Finally, as you explore new neighborhoods and properties throughout the city, consult this map of all the top charter schools in NYC.

TOWN’s Greenwich Village Guide

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We’ve been exploring every nook of the neighborhood since opening doors at TOWN Greenwich Village on Monday, tapping into an eclectic array of offbeat culture, vibrant commerce, academic history and Old-World aristocracy. TOWN Concierge has assembled this list of favorite local haunts.
Blue Ribbon Bakery Greenwich Village NYC
Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen sits on the corner of Downing and Bleeker in an unassuming brick-walled building. This traditional American restaurant serves the best bread downtown baked fresh in their 135-year-old brick oven. From brunch to dinner you’ll find comforting dishes to nurture every craving from root beer floats to steak tartare.
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Desk accessories receive custom treatment at Greenwich Letterpress. The local stationery shop uses two 75-year-old Heidelberg letterpresses to create personalized invitations, stationary and note cards. Here you’ll find calendars, papers and journals that are so stylish you’ll have a hard time tossing them away.

The Gene Kaufman-designed hotel opened early last month and transporting patrons to a bygone era that evokes a luxurious French ambiance. From the hotel’s speak-easy inspired restaurant Grape & Vine to the penthouse views of 1WTC The Jade Hotel is a downtown destination not to be missed.
Murray's Cheese Shop Greenwich Village NYC
Murray’s Cheese Shop at 254 Bleeker Street is a cheesemonger’s heaven, offering a selection of cheeses unmatched in NYC. The Greenwich Village-based shop, founded in 1940, also offers cheese-making classes and tours of its sub-basement cheese cave.
Third Rail Coffee Greenwich Village NYC
Stumptown Coffee Roasters brews flow freely at Third Rail Coffee. Whatever your brew preference, iced, French press of drip you’ll find it at 240 Sullivan Street.