This second installment of A City of Rooftops (an exploration of NYC from the roof deck of two CitySights tour buses) documents some of the architecture in the areas around the West Village—in the top half of the city, where eyes don’t always wander.
The world’s shortest guide to the West Village:
West Side Highway: Walk south toward Battery Park and you’ll pass picnicking families, dog owners playing catch and New Yorkers catching some rays on a nice day. In the winter, you may even see some snowmen.
Bleecker Street: Once the bohemian center of Manhattan, the West Village has since become a family-oriented neighborhood famous for its restaurants and expensive real estate. Bleecker Street has become a slightly touristy stretch of establishments from the famous John’s Pizzeria to local favorite Murray’s Cheese, which offers wine/cheese and beer/cheese pairing classes.
Washington Square Park: Recent renovations, which included moving the center fountain a few feet to help the park’s symmetry, have left WSP more lively than ever, and full of NYU students, tourists and New Yorkers alike.
And when you return to street level (or get hungry)…
There’s no shortage of great restaurants in the West Village. (Choose virtually anything that looks and smells good from the outside and you aren’t likely to be disappointed on the inside.) If you’re looking for a classic New York slice, head to Bleecker Street Pizza on Bleecker and Seventh Avenue, or, for a French brunch (and desserts!), stop in Tartine on the corner of W. 4th Street and W. 11th Street. When it’s time to let the food settle, catch an out-of-the-box flick at the IFC.
–Tara for TKGO