6. Washington Mews, Greenwich Village

Washington Mews, now a part of NYU

This small alley, shorter than a normal street, is located in Greenwich Village and located between 5th Avenue and University Place, just south of Washington Place. The street is closed off to the public but one can easily catch the old world essence peering through the gate. The street is historically rooted in a native American–specifically Lenape–trail, a rare occurrence for a street still in existence today. In the 19th century, akin to MacDougal Alley, the street was lined with stables for the horses of those living in the grandiose townhouses in the area. Eventually the land was acquired by NYU and turned into faculty housing and other uses for the school.