When I first rolled into New York City on a Greyhound from the Martha's
Vineyard ferry terminal back in 1981, I never dreamed I would spend at least
the next 26 years of my life here. I was crashing on the floor of my former
college roommate's studio apartment in the far West Village and I hoped, as
I meandered about those maze-like streets, that downtown Manhattan would someday be my home. After protracted periods of life on the Upper East and West sides, I finally settled in Greenwich Village with my family of five. With an office in Soho, downtown is pretty much my full-time stomping ground.
Mornings are perfect at Balthazar in Soho, where the locals meet for blazing hot coffee, bread, and pastries baked at the Balthazar Bakery next door. Farther west on 12th Street, the new Cafe Cluny has a quiet neighborhood feel and plenty of free newspapers to peruse while ... [more]
Andy Arons, Gourmet Garage
The West Village is also called Greenwich Village, and is famous for innumerable residents and events, including the annual Halloween parade that is an outlandish display of debauchery. The Village runs from the Hudson River to Broadway where it meets the East Village; on the south end it begins at Houston where Soho ends; and on the north end it leaves off at 14th Street where Chelsea begins. In between you will find meandering streets that seem to follow no rhyme or reason and are filled with delightful shops and delicacies. You will also find New York University and the New School.