often referred to by locals as simply "the Village"
, is a largely residential neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan
in New York City
, in the U.S. state
of New York
. A large majority of the district is home to upper middle class
families. Greenwich Village, however, was known in the late 19th to mid 20th centuries as an artists' haven, the bohemian
capital, and the East Coast birthplace of the Beat movement