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Greenwich Village

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Fertile doesn't even begin to describe Greenwich Village's yield of creative genius. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, abstract expressionist painters Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning congregated here, as did Beat writers Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The 1960s brought folk musicians and poets, notably Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. Its bohemian days may be long gone, but there is still a romantic allure lingering along tree-lined streets and at the back of the cafés, behind the frenetic clamor of NYU students and the professional veneer of multimillion-dollar town houses.

One of the neighborhood's top sites is Washington Square Park, where you can find just about every sort of person imaginable lounging on a summer day, from skateboarders and students to local moms and nannies to people who look like they’ve lived in the park for years, playing chess and checkers at the stone tables. The grand Washington Memorial Arch looks north to two blocks of lovingly preserved Greek Revival and Federal-style town houses known as the Row.

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