Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town (PCV-ST) are two separate sections of Manhattan but go together like pen and pencil, brick and mortar, bacon and eggs. Many New Yorkers just call it Stuy Town to save time.
Separated by 20th Street, PCV-ST is more like a superblock than an actual neighborhood. The two communities sit between Gramercy Park and the East Village. The boundaries are 14th Street to the south, 23rd Street to the north, 1st Avenue to the west, and Avenue C to the east. The buildings south of 20th Street are generally referred to as Stuy Town and the buildings above 20th Street are connected to Peter Cooper Village.
Built between 1945 and 1947 and developed by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, this housing community was built for returning World War II veterans and their young families. The 80-acre complex contains 110 buildings and is one of the largest rental communities in the United States.
PCV-ST has always served as a beacon for the city's middle class. The complex features rent-stabilized and market-rate apartments that range in size from studios to five=bedroom units. The Peter Cooper Village apartments are slightly larger than the units in Stuy Town. According to the Stuy Town development website, the typical PCV apartment contains about 200 more square feet than StuyTown, with taller ceilings and eat-in kitchens.
PCV-ST amenities are similar to what you’d find in larger residential buildings throughout Manhattan. They include 3 fitness centers, a concierge, parking, over 10 playgrounds, and shared outdoor spaces. It has its own farmers market, security patrols, basketball courts, private café, an ice rink, and bocce ball court. Wow, 111 West 57th Street doesn’t have bocce ball courts. Community events like dog meet-ups and outdoor movie nights make this place quite special.
The neighborhood is within walking distance of Gramercy Park or the East Village. The variety of neighborhood vibes is the best of both worlds if you ask us. If you’re feeling a little artsy or youthful, just head south and check out the eclectic scene in the East Village. If you want something a little more upscale then just walk north to Gramercy Park for formal dining experiences.
Gup Shop (115 E 18th St Between Park Ave &, Irving Place) – From Bombay to the Big Apple. This place is phenomenal. Serving craft cocktails and Bombay-style food in a super cool setting. Don’t miss it!
Gramercy Park Hotel – There is something exciting about having a drink in a hotel bar. It’s one of those New York City things. The Gramercy Park Hotel has two bars, the Rose Bar and The Jade Bar. Go to either of them and you’ll feel like an A-lister for sure. Both spaces are chic and the walls are covered with contemporary art. The cocktails are one of a kind and you’re guaranteed to see an authentic Warhol, Haring, and a Basquiat painting.
The Museum of the American Gangster – Although we don’t condone violence this museum is on the must visit list. It's a small venue but there is nothing quite like it in all of Manhattan. Located in a former speakeasy, the museum highlights the role that organized crime played in shaping New York City.
Veselka – One of the last true institutions of New York City. For over 60 years, locals have been patronizing Veselka’s in the East Village. It’s a 24-hour Ukrainian coffee shop that offers pierogi, borscht, goulash, and many other favorites.
The Strand BookStore – Another institution. This is one of the last independent bookstores in Manhattan. From new to old, you’ll find it all at The Strand.
What You Might See
Small stores along 14th Street and connecting avenues. Everything from mom-and-pop hardware stores, to nail salons, to food establishments. Brick tenements everywhere. An eclectic mix of people from students, to working professionals, to locals and everything in between.
What You Don’t Know
Back in the 1920’s when much of the city did not have working heat, they used gas as a primary source of energy. PCV-ST was once the place where all of New York City’s gas tanks were stored. The district was named after the large gas tanks that were kept there. Sadly, a few of them leaked. Eventually, they were dismantled and the PCV-ST development was built.
Only a few places in Manhattan can boast that they have their own Yoshino Cherry Trees. PCV-ST is one of those places. Each spring, white and pink bloom grace the 80-acre grounds.
Peter Cooper Village is named after Peter Cooper, a well-known industrialist and inventor that founded Cooper Union in the 1800s. Stuy Town is named after Peter Stuyvesant, the last Director-General of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam.