Eat Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, shop Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren & more
New York City’s Greenwich Village is a must-visit. Here’s a quick tour through Bleeker Street packed with delicious restaurants, bars, and history.
Greenwich Village, also known as the West Village, is the popular and quaint area between 14th and Houston Streets, separated from the East Village by 5th Avenue.
The West Village keeps its neighborhood feeling with beautiful old townhomes and tree-lined streets. And because it is also a historic district, building heights are restricted and protected by law. But because of the historic designation it also retains original crisscrossing streets that can be confusing. One of the nicest of these diagonal running streets is Bleecker. A visit to the West Village should definitely include a quick stroll down this quaint and historic street.
Where is it?
Bleeker Street runs diagonal east of Sixth Avenue, crosses over Seventh Avenue, and ends at Hudson Street.
This tour starts at 6th Ave and Carmine St and ends at Hudson St.
At the start of the tour, you’ll see Father Demo Square bordered by Sixth Ave, Downing St, Bleeker St, and Carmine St. It’s a small park newly reopened with a magnificent fountain.
On the corner of Carmine and Bleeker is the former Joe’s Pizza, now Abitino’s Pizza.
Continuing up Bleeker at number 237 is Beasty Feasty pet store housed in one of the city’s rare and original wooden frame buildings.
Next door at 239 Bleeker is Bleeker Street Records.
Pastry shop Rocco’s is at number 243. Longtime Pasticceria Bruno at 245 closed on July 22, 2007.
Across the street is the famous Murray’s Cheese Shop at 254.
Next door at 260 is Faicco’s Pork Store opened in 1927.
Up past Cornelia and Morton Streets at number 278 is John’s Pizza featured in Woody Allen’s movie Manhattan.
Cross over Seventh Avenue and at number 309 is the former home of Thomas Paine in which he lived the last year of his life from 1808-09.
Walk past Grove St and on the corner of Christopher St at 91 Christopher is Goodfellas Kitchen, located in one of the Village’s oldest buildings.
Up past W 10th and Charles Streets, Bleeker St now turns into an upscale boutique location.
381 Bleeker is Ralph Lauren and 380 is his linen collection. 376 is Cynthia Rowley.
Cross over Perry St and eat one of the famous cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery at number 401. This place was mentioned in Saturday Night Live rap parody “Lazy Sunday.”
Browse for books across the street at Biography Bookshop at number 400.
Cross over W 11th and at numbers 403 and 405 are Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs shops.
Up one block is Hudson Street. There are two small parks on either side of Bleeker at this spot, Bleeker Playground, and Abingdon Square.
Take the subway lines A/C/E or B/D/F/V to W 4th St. stop, exit the southwest exit onto 3rd St and 6th Ave, walk one block south and turn right onto Carmine, walk one block and turn right onto Bleeker.