West Village 

Art, Design, Greenwich Village, Manhattan, West Village 

Ai Weiwei’s installation will be underneath the Washington Square Arch beginning this October, rendering via Ai Weiwei and Public Art Fund

An art installation from internationally acclaimed artist-activist, Ai Weiwei, will be displayed at the same time as the Christmas tree underneath the Washington Square Arch this year, displacing the tree, which has been a holiday tradition since 1924. The exhibit serves as one part of the famed Chinese artist’s larger project, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” which will feature ten large fence-themed works and more than 90 smaller installations across the five boroughs. As Bedford + Bowery learned, the plan is moving forward, despite objections from the Washington Square Association, who sought an appeal to have the project withdrawn because it will disrupt the usual holiday celebration, the second oldest tree lighting ceremony in New York City.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, More Top Stories, West Village 

Seth Meyers seems to be taking a “closer look” at his West Village real estate holdings, as Mansion Global reports that that the “Late Night” host has listed a condo that he owns with his wife Alexi at 302 West 12th Street for $4.5 million. They bought the unit, a lovely little two-bedroom spread, for $3.5 million in 2013, but last summer they dropped $7.5 million on a much larger, five-bedroom co-op at 32 Washington Square West, which, interestingly, was previously owned by actress Mary Louise Parker.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, West Village 

17 st luke's place, cool listings, west village, townhouses, historic homes, interiors

After finding this incredible townhouse at 17 Saint Luke’s Place–one of 15 identical Italianate row houses built in the 1850s on land owned by the Trinity Church–in the New York Times real estate section 40+ years ago, legendary journalist Linda Ellerbee knew she had to have it, even though it was above her budget. “I bought the house 30 minutes after touring it,” she told LL NYC. “It was like every movie I had ever seen growing up about what it was like to live in Greenwich Village in a brownstone.” But now that her children are grown and she plans to spend most of her time in the Berkshires and Puerto Vallarta, she’s decided to list the well-renovated and well-preserved home for $10.75 million.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, West Village 

78 Charles Street, West village, cool listings, co-ops

This charming, crisp, and bright top-floor flat has sweet pre-war details, rustic style done right, and renovation where it counts. The one-bedroom West Village co-op at 78 Charles Street is asking $975,000. The bad news: It’s a top-floor walk-up. The good news: A lovely roof deck is just upstairs.
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Cool Listings, West Village 

223 West 10th Street, cool listings, west village

There’s no question, West 10th Street in the West Village is an absolutely lovely street to call home, enviably lined with historic townhouses and surrounded by iconic Village establishments and street life. Tucked within the townhouse condominium at number 223, this renovated apartment, currently asking $999,000, has the right dose of pre-war character and modern conveniences even if its size and layout put it squarely in divided studio territory.

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Features, Greenwich Village, GVSHP, History, More Top Stories, West Village 

‘Heard it through the grapevine?’ The source was probably at 6th Avenue and 11th Street

By Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Thu, August 3, 2017

6th Avenue and 11th Street, 1905. Image via Ephemeral New York,

On August 6, 1966, the first known recording of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” was made by the Miracles. Written by Motown pioneers Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, the song was re-recorded several times, most famously by Gladys Night and the Pips and Marvin Gaye, whose version landed on the top of the charts for seven weeks in early 1969.

But the famous saying about receiving important news or information through a person-to-person chain of communication significantly pre-dates the Motown era. In fact, plentiful evidence and credible sources say it all goes back to a beloved tavern on the corner of 6th Avenue and 11th Street in Greenwich Village.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, West Village 

428 hudson street, west village, rental, town residential

Somewhere along the line, the historic Federal period townhouse at 428 Hudson Street was broken up into four apartments. And now theres’ the opportunity to rent this one, which occupies the townhouse’s entire third floor. If you don’t mind the walk-up, the apartment offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms over 1,200 square feet. The large, open living space is decorated with a fireplace and hardwood floors, while sunshine comes in from exposures to the east and west. For this calm, quiet pad perched atop a West Village townhouse, it’ll cost $6,500 per month.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, West Village 

Jon Bon Jovi hasn’t released a new album in quite some time, but one way he’s managed to stay in the spotlight is his real estate game. In 2015, he sold his Soho penthouse for $34 million, shortly thereafter picking up a sprawling duplex condo at new celeb-favorite 150 Charles Street for $13 million. Less than two months ago, he listed the West Village pad for $17.25 million, but he’s already gotten impatient, now offering the pad as part of a $29.5 million combo unit with the neighboring duplex according to Curbed.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, West Village 

A renter gets the best of both worlds at this West Village apartment: a modern duplex with lofty, white interiors set in a historic, 1848 Greek Revival building along a cobblestone street. The building in question is 288 West 12th Street, a five-floor, eight-unit co-op. This particular three-bedroom can be rented for a cool $15,000 a month. Over 1,525 square feet, there are details like a wood-burning fireplace, 18-foot ceilings, and customized closets, not to mention access to a 350-square-foot private garden space.

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Cool Listings, West Village 

If you dream of living in a West Village townhouse with lofty, renovated rooms and charm-filled outdoor spaces, this 1845 beauty at 13 Gay Street could be your summer find. At $25,000 a month, that’s $5,000 per bedroom, though it’s not the sort of spot where you’d expect to find a bargain. At 19 feet wide with four stories of living space, the quintessential historic home has both original details and dreamy modern conveniences.

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