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Stuyvesant Town and Cooper Village

Stuyvesant Town

There are many places in New York a tourist might leave unnoticed and Stuyvesant Town, or simply Stuy Town as locals and residents call it, is one of them. Together with its twin Cooper Village, Stuyvesant Town forms the largest private residential development in the city. So large is it that it has the dimensions of a small neighbourhood. A collection of 91 red-brick residential high-rises Stuy Town and Cooper Village were built back in the 1940s right after the end of WWII and were intended as a family-oriented tenement area.


This private residential development is an oasis away from the throng of visitors and workers that flood the streets of New York. The neighbourhood is very calm, leafy and quiet, as well as extremely safe. Both developments offer scenic views over the East river and their landscaped gardens. With the majority of residents being middle-class families and professionals, the neighbourhood is extremely family-friendly and safe. The green spaces, the interior park with its beautifully landscaped patches and the playgrounds are always filled with children romping about, while adults at Cooper Village enjoy a number of outdoor sports courts.


A farm that belonged to Peter Stuyvesant occupied the land where Stuyvesant Village stands today. Stuyvesant was the last Director-General of the 17th century Dutch colony and a major figure in the life of New Amsterdam (New York’s first name) who played an important role in the development of the city, its expansion and the improvement of its infrastructure. Nearby Cooper Village was also named after a prominent historical figure, i.e. Peter Cooper who was a successful 19th century entrepreneur, inventor, philanthropist and founder of Cooper Union, one of the most competitive colleges in the country.


Today the development boasts renovated apartments with contemporary furnishings and modern conveniences. All flats are huge and extremely spacious by New York standards. The variety of amenities and facilities available to residents make the development a true neighbourhood with its own services. Peter Cooper Village has its own indoor sports facilities and outdoor courts for the practice of various ball sports. Residents enjoy a number of social events that involve music concerts, film screenings, foodie tastings and numerous other fun activities that engage the community and keep it entertained. The streets on the outskirts of this little neighbourhood are lined with grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and cafes making it easier for residents to stock on supplies when they don’t feel like travelling further afield.  


While the residential complex boasts no attractions, shopping or dining outlets it is an affordable, safe and quiet place to rent an apartment for an extended stay. It is especially  good for those who seek a family-friendly environment welcoming to  children and even pets. The development is surrounded by numerous attractive places so that you are always only a step away from the entertainment and nightlife of Manhattan’s vibrant neighbourhoods. The beautiful period houses and the variety of bars and restaurants of Gramercy are a short walk east, while to the south Alphabet City offers a variety of independent, locally owned shopping and dining outlets. Union Square is also a great place to do shopping or sample foods at the farmer’s market.


Subway train stations lie on the borders of the neighbourhood, while a bus service runs nearby. The FDR Drive offers speed and convenience to anyone travelling by car to other parts of the city. Those who look for an oasis of calm, quiet and security at reasonable prices and who wish to stay in a place where children and pets are welcome and safe should seek no further. Some find the desolate and tranquil atmosphere off-putting but the proximity to busy neighbourhoods packed with attractions compensates for that.