Just north of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village is one of New York City’s secret spots – a hidden, gated little cobblestone street that is so charming it doesn’t even look real. Contrasting the city’s skyscrapers and high rise apartments is Washington Mews, a private, residential street between Fifth Avenue and University Place that looks more like it belongs in Charleston or on a movie set than in the middle of downtown New York.
Formerly a row of two-story stables that were home to horses of residents in the area, the street was converted in the 1950s into houses and offices leased by NYU. Though the street is gated, it’s unlocked during the day and open to pedestrians who want to pass through and admire the pastel doors and ivy-and-wisteria covered facades.
Find Washington Mews on the map here.