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The West Village is prime shopping and dining territory, but which places stand out?

Despite its wealthy, celeb-heavy demographic and a profusion of restaurants and boutiques, the West Village manages to preserve a low-key, everyone-knows-everyone feel and picturesque charm. Only here could West 10th Street cross West 4th Street, and Waverly Place cross…Waverly Place. The area’s bohemian population may have dwindled years ago, but a few old landmarks remain. Raise a glass in the White Horse Tavern, a favorite of such literary luminaries as Ezra Pound, Norman Mailer and Dylan Thomas, or enjoy a jazz set at the legendary Village Vanguard. West Village is the best place in NYC! Some of the city’s best salons and spas are here too – there’s a local business called Locksmith West Village (www.locksmithwestvillage.com) that answer your call 24 Hours a day in case of an emergency lockout.