The West Village is always charming and quaint, but did you know there’s a secret enclave in between two buildings on Grove Street? Nestled between numbers 10 and 12 Grove Street is a row of six beautiful red brick townhouses set back from the main street by way of a private cobblestone path. In October, the charming townhouses get festive with pumpkin and Halloween themed decor. The beautiful courtyard is gated to the public and the last time one of these townhouses was for sale, you can bet they cost a pretty penny!
Funny enough, Grove Court was originally built in 1854 by Samuel Cocks, the owner of a grocery store at the corner of Grove and Bedford, for tradesmen and laborers. The enterprising businessmen believed that building a housing community for middle class laborers would in turn, build a steady base of customers for his eponymous store just down the block. Devoid of stoops, set back from the street and small, these original townhouses were meant for the poor. Today, this charming street hidden to normal passerbys is a one of a kind architectural masterpiece!
Check out Grove Court if you’re in the West Village. Despite it’s exclusivity, you can’t miss it- there are always tourists crowded outside the gate peeking in!