As Greenwich Village was once a rural, isolated hamlet to the north of the 17th century European settlement on Manhattan Island, its street layout is more organic than the planned grid pattern of the 19th-century grid plan (based on the Commissioners' Plan of 1811).
Greenwich Village was allowed to keep the 18th century street pattern of what is now called the West Village: areas that were already built up when the plan was implemented, west of what is now Greenwich Avenue and Sixth Avenue, resulted in a neighborhood whose streets are dramatically different, in layout, from the ordered structure of the newer parts of Manhattan.
Redevelopment in that area is severely restricted, and developers must preserve the main façade and aesthetics of the buildings during renovation.
The car park at Rowheath Pavilion has been named as a ‘dogging hot-spot’ by the Birmingham Mail.
It includes the location in a list of sites across the Midlands used by singles and couples looking for sex.
Many of the neighborhood's streets are narrow and some curve at odd angles.
This is generally regarded as adding to both the historic character and charm of the neighborhood.