Washington Mews is a gated alley in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. The sign on the gates says that it is a private street. Washington Mews runs between University Place and Fifth Avenue, the junction of which is within sight of Washington Square Arch. It got the name "mews" because of the stables that were built here in the 19th century. These are on the north side of the alley. They are no longer housing horses, having long been renovated for other uses.
The buildings lining the south side of Washington Mews were built in the pre-Second World War period. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who founded the Whitney Museum, once lived here. Today many of the houses were leased or bought up by New York University, and converted into offices.
Washington Mews, New York City
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The nearest bus stops are E 8 St/5 Av (M1, M2, M3, M5 and M8) and E 8 St/University Pl (M1, M2, M5 and M8). The nearest subway station is the 8 St-NYU station (N, R).
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