New York's "Little Bohemia"
The west village
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Scrambling up the subway stairs at the AC/BD West 4th station, the smell of street shawarma fills your nose as you gaze down 8th avenue. You can hear Cait and The Critters performing all the way from the entrance of Washington Square Park as a woman to your left fumbles down a cobblestone street in questionably chosen stilettos. The West Village attracts it all. Equipped with designer pop-ups, Federal-style townhouses, Michelin starred restaurants and home to the annual Halloween parade- the air is hot with life and humidity rising from its pavement.
Moving down Gay Street, you’ll pass the historic Stonewall Inn bar, the legendary site that inspired the 1969 LGBTQ rights movement and original home to Big Gay Ice Cream. Known today as being one of the more expensive neighborhoods in New York City, many artists have chosen to reside here today. To name a few – Meredith Monk, Alec Baldwin, Jon Bon Jovi and Sarah Jessica-Parker have all bought multi-million dollar homes and can be found walking quickly down the streets in large sunglasses camouflaged among the locals.
You may be curious why there are so many young hipsters walking around with textbooks, so you’ll stop the young man walking past you and ask where he’s going. He responds with very little eye contact, “I just got out of class, sir, I’m going to hear Esther Perel give a lecture at Skirball!” Ah yes, NYU, the school that now proudly owns more New York real estate than any bank, pharmacy or chain combined. You may feel dizzy digesting this fact, or perhaps that’s just from walking diagonally through sideways streets.