1. Grove Court

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Grove Street is perhaps one of the more idyllic streets in the West Village, if not NYC. Beginning at Christopher Street Grove Street continues West making a slight curve before ending on Hudson Street. Along the street, there is a tiny gate with a black sign with gold lettering that states “PRIVATE COURT, No Trespassing.” This gate leads to the hidden Grove Court, a small court yard with 19th century townhouses. Samuel Cocks created the alley in 1848 to house tradesmen and other workers, and, due to the cheap alcohol made there, it was dubbed “Mixed Ale Alley.”

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This article also partially written by Michelle Young and Samantha Sokol.