Da Silvano is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.
Greenwich Village is bounded by Broadway on the east, the Hudson River on the west, Houston Street on the south, and 14th Street on the north. The neighborhoods surrounding it are the East Village to the east, SoHo and Hudson Square to the south, and Chelsea to the north. The East Village was formerly considered part of the Lower East Side and never associated with Greenwich Village. The West Village is the area of Greenwich Village west of 7th Avenue.
Residents of Greenwich Village possess a strong community identity and are proud of their neighborhood’s unique history and fame, and its well-known liberal live-and-let-live attitudes. Greenwich Village is home to many celebrities, including actresses/actors Jonathan Davies, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, Edward Norton, Amy Sedaris, and Barbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush, Marc Jacobs, Vogue editrix Anna Wintour and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. Greenwich Village includes the primary campus for New York University (NYU), The New School, Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, the Cooper Union, and the Pratt Institute.
The historic Washington Square Park is the center and heart of the neighborhood, but the Village has several other, smaller parks: Father Fagan, Minetta Triangle, Petrosino Square, Little Red Square, and Time Landscape. There are also city playgrounds, including Desalvio, Minetta, Thompson Street, Bleecker Street, Downing Street, Mercer Street, and William Passannante Ballfield. Perhaps the most famous, though, is “The Cage”, officially known as the West 4th Street Courts. Sitting on top of the West Fourth Street–Washington Square subway station at Sixth Avenue, the courts are easily accessible to basketball and American handball players from all over New York. The Cage has become one of the most important tournament sites for the city-wide “Streetball” amateur basketball tournament. Since 1975 New York University’s art collection has been housed at the Grey Art Gallery bordering Washington Square Park at 100 Washington Square East. The Grey Art Gallery is notable for its museum quality exhibitions of contemporary art.
The Village also has a bustling performing arts scene. It is still home to many Off Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theaters; for instance, Blue Man Group has taken up residence in the Astor Place Theater. The Village Gate (until 1992), the Village Vanguard and The Blue Note are still presenting some of the biggest names in jazz on a regular basis. Other music clubs include The Bitter End, and Lion’s Den. The village also has its own orchestra aptly named the Greenwich Village Orchestra. Comedy clubs dot the Village as well, including The Boston and Comedy Cellar, where many American stand-up comedians got their start.
Each year on October 31, it is home to New York’s Village Halloween Parade, the largest Halloween event in the country, drawing an audience of two million from throughout the region.