NYC Street With Homes That Were Once Horse Stables

I recently visited New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, where I stumbled upon mews on a street that looked like a world away from Manhattan.

Me and the mews.

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To get there, I took the M train to West 4 Street.

An entrance to West 4 Street-Washington Square Subway Station

Washington Square Subway Station.

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A short walk away, I found the street — called Washington Mews — behind an open gate between Washington Square and 8 Street.

A red brick gated cobblestone street lined with mews.

A gate opening into Washington Mews.

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Washington Mews is the name of a cobblestone street that looks like a “retreat” from the city, as an article in The New York Times described it in 1988.

Cobblestone streets lined with mews in the mid 1900s and today

Washington Mews in the 1900s and today.

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Source: The New York Times

The north side of the street is lined with two-story buildings that used to be horse stables, according to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

A cobblestone street in front of white residential mews with pink and teal accents.

The north side of the street.

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Source: Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

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