Greenwich Village (aka "The Village") has deep roots in New York's diverse history that are still very evident today. Taking a stroll down any of its seemingly unchanged streets gives tourists and long-time residents a taste of a neighborhood brimming with an eclectic array of offbeat culture, vibrant commerce, academic history and old-day aristocracy. A 10-minute walk on Bleecker Street between Laguardia Place (named for former NYC mayor, Fiorello Laguardia) and Seventh Avenue South paints a full picture of what you need to know about life in Greenwich Village. You'll encounter boisterous bars and restaurants, cozy cafes, venues featuring a mix of musical flavors, NYU establishments, even family-owned businesses like century-old Italian meat markets Faicco's and O.Ottomanelli & Son's. At the heart of the neighborhood is Washington Square Park, which still audibly beats to the sound of area residents, poets, street performers and musicians alike. The Village is not all bohemian chic; it also has a well-established upper-crust charm that dates back to the late 19th Century, particularly the area north of The Park on Lower Fifth Avenue up to 14th Street, often termed The Gold Coast, where pre- and post-war luxury high rises mingle with old-world townhouses.