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A once-luxe stretch of the West Village that, until recently, was pocked with empty storefronts, is starting to return to its old glory.
Yes, Bleecker Street — specifically the quaint, five-block stretch in the West Village that until very recently was so pockmarked with empty storefronts that it was described in The New York Times as looking like “a Rust Belt city” — is alive and kicking, once again.
When you think about shopping (and I mean serious street shopping, not online shopping) there are a few iconic places that probably pop into your head. There are Oxford and Bond Streets in London, the Champs-Elysees in Paris, and New York’s insanely luxe 5th Avenue.
Bleecker Street, which runs from the very edge of the Meatpacking District to the Bowery in Manhattan, is by no means exclusively about retail. The lower section is one of the liveliest in the city at night and is home to dozens of bars and comedy clubs. But as you head northwest, you slowly come out of the old, bohemian Bleecker street and into one of the best new shopping districts in the world.
Dives, gastropubs, boutiques, and galleries in the heart of Greenwich Village
Iggy Pop sang about Bleecker Street. So did Simon & Garfunkel. Once the center of urban bohemia, this famed West Village street is now home to the amusement of all kinds—from boozy offerings to indie shops and gastropubs, as well as fine dining, night clubs and boxing clubs. If visiting New York City, you won‘t want to miss it.
WHERE TO EAT
Pig Bleecker elevates barbecue beyond the status quo, with starters and snacks that include such tempting dishes as deviled eggs of the day and pecan-candied bacon, or country ham, charcuterie and cheese board. Main courses of lasagna with smoked duck ragu, bechamel, grandma's gravy, and parmesan; brisket ravioli with truffle butter and Barolo; and smoked and grilled heritage pork chop, peach habanero jam, greens, beans and crispy onions with more than satisfy hungry carnivores.
The Times has published an engrossing history of Bleecker Street as one of New York’s most exclusive, but short-lived, retail destinations. The story points to everything that can go wrong with gentrification: High-end companies pushed out longtime, diverse businesses that called Bleecker Street home, and when the newcomers couldn’t get enough traffic to justify the sky-high rents, they shuttered and left the block empty.
The story, of course, begins with Magnolia Bakery. After the cupcake shop’s debut on Sex and the City in 2000, the resulting crowds convinced Robert Duffy, then president of Marc Jacobs, to open a store nearby. He outbid five tenants to open the Marc Jacobs Flagship on Bleecker and 11th streets, and told the Times back in 2001, “If I could have 20 stores on Bleecker Street, I would.”