Location: The Central Village sits right in between The West and The East counterparts - that is, between Sixth Avenue and Lafayette / 4th Avenue to the West/East, respectively. The southern border is Houston street and the northern border is 14th Street – just like for both the West Village and the East Village.
Character: The Central Village is convenient, charming and very .. central. It looks and feels somewhat different from both of its neighbors (the West Village and the East Village). Nevertheless, some people still prefer to lump the Central Village and the West Village together calling them simply "Greenwich Village" - a term that has become very ambiguous.
The Central Village is a neighborhood with a split personality - the northern part being very quiet and the southern rather boisterous. Nevertheless, since both parts are dominated by NYU, there's something academic (for lack of a better term) about both.
Convenience-wise, the Central Village is perhaps the most centrally-located neighborhood in New York. If you live here, you'll be able to walk, in under 20 minutes, to hundreds of restaurants and bars, scores of movie and off-Broadway theaters, countless shops and boutiques, not to mention the Hudson River esplanade, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and other landmark locations. Wall Streeters can totally get to work on foot - at least, during the warm months.
Demographics: The Central Village demographics are defined by two large population segments - NYU students, typically living in dorms (and, to a lesser extent, apartment buildings) just south of Washington Square Park, and the wealthy living around Fifth Avenue north of the park. Moving eastward, those lucky enough to live on/around Broadway are typically loft-dwellers.
Apartments & Real Estate
Excluding both student dorms (only of interest to students) and Fifth Avenue apartments (mostly of interest to those already living there), one's options for renting in the Central Village are essentially twofold: going low-rise (plenty of brownstones in the northern part of the neighborhood, between 9th and 14th streets and simpler, "tenement-type" buildings in the southern part) or going high-rise. The latter option includes two massive high-rise buildings: Hilary Gardens and One Union Square South, both located east of Fifth Avenue.
Selected Rental Buildings
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Selected No-Fee Rental Listings
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Condo & Co-op Buildings
See all Central Village Condo Apartment Buildings (23 buildings)
See our list of Central Village Co-op Apartment Buildings (39 buildings)
Major Streets Crossing the Neighborhood