A neighborhood of lower Manhattan that today houses mostly upper-middle-class residents. Historically, especially in the 1960s and 70s, it was a haven for artists and bohemians and the birthplace of the East Coast beatnik movement. It was an remains today a center for American gay culture, though now the neighborhood of Chelsea is home to more gays. It is also home to New York University. The name is often shortened to "the Village."
My grandfather was an artist in Greenwich Village in the 1960s.