Just stand on any corner in West Village and you'll know why it's the ultimate Manhattan address coveted by celebrities and authors, business people, and bohemians alike. Charming store fronts in historic brick buildings feature fantastic window displays below apartments laced with iron fire escapes. Trees seem to spring from the sidewalks to shade the narrow streets filled with yellow taxi cabs. Pedestrians stroll the brick-lined sidewalks as patrons sip lattes at outdoor cafes. Historic architecture is everywhere -- and so are the echoes of this neighborhood's long, legend-filled past. Poet Dylan Thomas did not go gently into that good night -- he drank himself to death at the White Horse Tavern in West Village. Jack Kerouac walked the streets here; and so did Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Jackson Pollock.
Brownstones line winding cobblestone streets, and some of the world's best restaurants, shops, and nightclubs dot the landscape.