10. Washington Mews Courtyard

Sitting behind the row of buildings at Washington Mews, including the new Deutsches House building at NYU, is a small courtyard complete with trees and benches. Directly overlooking it is the townhouse at 64 Washington Mews, which has a balcony that provides some great courtyard views.

The gated street itself —Washington Mews— dates back to the 19th century horse and carriage days. It is on a former 18th century farm, though by the 1830s, the Mews were eventually laid out as an alley for horse stables and carriage houses that served townhouses facing Washington Square.

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