|Also known as||Greenwich Village|
|Area||11,778,091 sq. ft.|
|Rental listings||75 no-fee, 87 fee ads|
A unique mix of academic (what with its being the home base of New York University) and old-times bohemian (in whatever quantities one can still find such things in today's Manhattan), the Central Village has retained at least some of the ingredients that helped it become associated with the most important artistic and scientific movements of the last century. Despite the high costs of living, the neighborhood still has a sizeable student population and boasts many bars, restaurants, cafés, and music clubs – many of them reasonably priced.
The Central Village is also one of the most centrally-located neighborhoods in New York: If you choose to live here, in addition to having all the nightlife conveniences (restaurants, bars, etc) within easy walking distance, you'll also be able to walk - if walking is your thing - to either of the Midtown or Financial District office clusters. For those who like long walks on the riverfront, the Hudson River esplanade is also within reach. Demographics-wise, The Central Village is largely defined by two large population segments - NYU students living in dorms and, to a lesser extent, apartment buildings, just south of Washington Square Park, and the wealthy, adult crowd living along Fifth Avenue and on side streets north of the park.
Excluding both student dorms (of interest only to students) and Fifth Avenue apartments (of interest mostly to those already living there), one's options for renting in the Central Village are essentially twofold: going low-rise (either in the more expensive brownstones in the northern part of the neighborhood, between 9th and 14th streets, or in many of the simpler, "tenement-type" buildings in the southern part) or going high-rise. The latter option includes a handful of massive high-rise buildings such as Hilary Gardens and One Union Square South, both located east of Fifth Avenue.