|The arch at Washington Square Park. Stanford White designed the marble edifice in 1892.|
|The First Presbyterian Church, founded in 1719, moved to its current site, on Fifth Avenue at West 12th Street, in the 1840s.|
|A restored brick home on West 4th Street|
|The Fedora Bar, near the intersection of West 4th and West 10th Streets|
|One of the West Village's narrow, intimate streets|
By the 1950s, much of Greenwich Village was derelict, with dilapidated housing stock and few services—in short, a perfect place for artists, writers and the like to settle. The meatpacking district, in the northwesternmost point of the village, was home to seedy bars, warehouses, meat-packing companies (hence its name), prostitutes and, by the ’70s and ’80s, great clubs and all-night restaurants (we miss you Florent!). By the ’90s the great settlement of the moneyed had begun. Today the meatpacking district boasts boutique hotels, crowded restaurants and trendy clothing stores, and towers by the likes of architect Richard Meier overlook the Hudson River, sharing space with restored and renovated brick houses and converted warehouses. And there's the High Line Park, which begins at Gansevoort Street (the English retained the Dutch street names) and wends its way through Chelsea.
|Washington Square Park's now centered fountain still attracts buskers and their fans.|
|The lush Abingdon Square Park|
|This stately prewar continues to stand vigil over Abingdon Square.|
It was good to be home again.
|The High Line and the Standard hotel beckon from Horatio Street.|