Hidden Streets of New York: Grove Court

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Grove Street

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. 

 

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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!

 

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Grove Court History

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!

 

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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!

 

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14 Comments

  1. Joyce
    November 10, 2014 / 10:27 am

    Wish I could live there! Or anywhere in West Village, actually haha

    • Sher
      Author
      November 10, 2014 / 11:35 am

      ah yes, west village = dream village

  2. Maya Swan
    November 12, 2014 / 1:18 am

    I love your blog…great photos! What a beautiful hide out you’ve found.

  3. Xin
    November 12, 2014 / 4:51 am

    Love the photos!! Look amazing!!

    • Sher
      Author
      November 12, 2014 / 8:16 am

      Thanks for the kind words Xin! xx, Sher

  4. Igrien
    November 12, 2014 / 7:02 am

    That courtyard looks magical!

    • Sher
      Author
      November 12, 2014 / 8:17 am

      I know right? – I only wish I had access to it!

  5. Sher
    Author
    November 12, 2014 / 8:16 am

    Thanks Maya! I totally wouldn’t have found it if I wasn’t searching for it – it’s that well hidden!

  6. Erica
    November 12, 2014 / 11:08 am

    Love the West Village, too. These photos are beautiful :)

    • Sher
      Author
      November 12, 2014 / 1:28 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Erica!

  7. Nora Gouma
    November 12, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    This is awesome sight! Great capture!

    • Sher
      Author
      November 13, 2014 / 8:58 am

      Thanks Nora!

  8. Sarah
    November 12, 2015 / 1:50 am

    I grew up in NYC and spent so much of my teen years walking around the village. Never bumped into Grove Court! Looks beautiful! I love the brownstones in NYC, but who doesn’t?!?! Hopefully I’ll make it out there again soon and I can check it out!

    • Sher
      Author
      November 12, 2015 / 2:23 pm

      It’s very easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there! Definitely check it out next time you’re in town :)

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