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A Day in the West Village

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published June 14th 2011

West Village was once known as "Little Bohemia" and is still considered the "go-to" place for those who enjoy the bohemian lifestyle to live, eat, shop, and work. This is evident in the classic lofts that have long served as residences for artists as well as the newer residential towers that are starting to appear in this area.

The area known as West Village is actually the western part of Greenwich Village itself. Its boundaries are considered to be the Hudson River on the west and either 6th or 7th Avenue on the East. From either of these two avenues, West Village boundaries extend from 14th Street down to Houston Street.

So, what is there to do in West Village?

You already know that there is going to be plenty to do in West Village, simply because of where it is located. Technically, you're still in Greenwich Village, and you know there are shops, places to eat, and entertainment venues all over the place in that area. And, some of the best ones just happen to be located in West Village.

First of all, the AppleŽ computer company has one of its retail stores there, at 104 West 14th Street. Here you'll find anything to do with AppleŽ computer products. If you have a computer nut in your family, you may just want to park that person here and arrange to meet somewhere in West Village so that you can go visit some of the other stores located in that area.

Like what other stores?

How about Nicole Farsi, at 75 9th Avenue, Alexander McQueen at 417 W 14th Street, Diane von Furstenberg (874 Washington Street) or Ed Hardy (425 W 13th Street). This latter store is very popular with teenagers and young adults, so if you have someone in that age group in your party, they'll really enjoy shopping here.

I'm hungry. Where do I eat in West Village?

Try Ajna, an Asian fusion restaurant, located at 25 Little West 12th Street. Asian fusion restaurants serve Asian dishes from different regions of that continent, so you get a chance to try different things.

You can also try Bone Lick Park for barbecue, and any one of the several Italian restaurants and cafes located in West Village.

What about the night scene?

Enjoy that at Chow Bar, Ino, or Art Bar. Any of these will give you a glimpse into West Village lifestyles and provide you with an evening of entertainment as well.
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Why? Because the West Village is one of New York's most up and coming neighborhoods
When: Whenever you want
Where: West Village, Manhattan
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