Washington Square Park is simply a classic of the old and new Greenwich Village. It has much more character and charm than the larger parks in the city, and is within walking distance anywhere in the village. It's the perfect meeting place to start a day in the village.
The fountain is especially wonderful in the summer, a perfect cool down during heat waves. There's always places in this park to be in the center of performers and noise, or to find a quiet spot of one's own.
This is a wonderful bank with a wonderfully central location for anyone living in the east village. The staff is always friendly and helpful, even during crowded rush hours. The decor is calming and doesn't really feel like another big corporate workplace, it's actually quite relaxing. Each of their services are excellent, and you may just experience leaving a bank with a smile on your face!
Other Music has a wonderful, friendly staff that is extremely knowledge filled without being snobbish about it, and extremely helpful. The store is a bit small and cramped, but it has a wonderful feel to it, filled with "true" music lovers. I'd much rather spend time & shop here than at Tower across the street. It's also been a great location to get tickets to concerts as well.
This can be an excellent alternative to a broadway show or the usual midtown sightseeing... it's worth watching the latest acts. The headliners are wonderful, and I've always enjoyed the opening acts for the top comedians here as well. They have a great variety of acts so there's something for each comedy taste.
The 2 drink minimum and cover usually isn't too bad--and the drinks aren't bad either. The decor, at times, does seem like something out of a 70s game show--but I guess that's post-Disney Broadway for you!
This library has a nice location right across the way from the MOMA, so it's a perfect place to stop in while waiting for a film or admission there. The lines for internet access at this library branch are usually small--they're never overcrowded and they have a pretty good supply of available computers. They have a nice collection of great deals in their ongoing library sale.
This branch seems to specialize in young adult novels.
They also have some great rotating exhibits here, and it's also a branch worth watching the special events calendar of.
This is a wonderful shop right next to the halloween costume store--but even more extravagant clothing can be found here! There's something for everyone, the clothes are all so decadent and fun. They also have a great selection of accessories, hair pieces and "alternative" hair dye, and gift and home novelties. The prices are decent, and the sales and clearances are excellent. It can't be beat to bring a bit of fun into your wardrobe and your life!
This is a great library in the east village, with a very good location for anyone in the neighborhood. I find this is a great branch to use internet access at, as it's usually not very crowded and there won't be that much of a wait. (And it's right near St. Marks, which makes for good places to browse and wait.) They also have express 15 minute times with the computer access, which is perfect if you just need to go in to print off a few things.
The library selection is good as well, and definitely check out the ongoing library sales upstairs.
This place was a life saver for me. I did not yet have a physician in New York and needed an appointment--I am terrified of hospitals and wanted to avoid the ER at all costs. They took me as a walk-in at the last minute. The wait was about an hour, but the waiting room was pleasant (a rarity indeed)! The doctors and staff were extremely kind to me, as well as accomodating to my nerves. I couldn't recommend this center enough.
I think the Union Square Barnes and Noble is a decent chain location, but there are better choices within walking distance--with better bargains and more quiet. While their stock is pretty extensive (including a nice video/dvd and music selection in addition to books, for one stop shopping), it's hard to find rare or specialty selections. I also feel this store is too crowded to ever really enjoy browsing through book selections.
It is worth it to watch their upcoming events, though, as this B&N location seems to have the most worthwhile programs and author guests.
This mall is really not worth it. It seems against everything about New York to end up shopping in a mall. Maybe if they had more original or hard to find shops it would be worth it, but you can find plenty of the stores here as stand alones within blocks of the mall. I haven't ever really seen that many crowds, though, which I suppose is a plus in it's favor.