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What's even cuter than a vintage streetscape? Half
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What's even cuter than a vintage streetscape? Half of one. That's why starting your tour just a half-block above the north side of Washington Square Park makes sense: Washington Mews and MacDougal Alley are two picture-perfect, dead-end alleyways, parallel to each other and sneaked into Manhattan's rigid grid. (April 7, 2013)(Credit: Natan Dvir)

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A West Village walking tour

The West Village feels set apart from the rest of New York City, centrally located but architecturally distinguished by its well-preserved, generally low-rise buildings. Your pace naturally slows to take in the beauty of the streets -- even though it's not exactly undiscovered territory, as you'll be reminded when Sex and the City Tour buses zoom by. So instead of focusing on cupcakes, give the neighborhood its due for its rich history. --TED LOOS, Special to Newsday