Photo Essays: Grove Court

grove-courtThere’s a little hidden enclave in the West Village called Grove Court, which consists of a row of six townhouses behind a locked gate, situated between numbers 10 and 12 Grove Street. Grove Court was constructed in the pre Civil War era (between 1848 and 1852), by a grocer named Samuel Cocks who thought the houses would make excellent residences for potential patrons of his store. Back then, it was referred to as “Mixed Ale Alley,” in reference to a beverage drunk by the poor and destitute city dwellers who occupied the houses. Times have changed a bit since then, and today you can own one of these townhouses for a cool 3 million dollars +. Go figure! Read on for a few more pictures.  


No trespassing allowed…however, sticking your camera through the gate slats to take pictures is perfectly acceptable, I’m sure.





grove-court-7This plaque is about the landmarked townhouses on Grove Street (right in front of Grove Court).

photos by me


  1. Elana says: March 12, 2015

    I love Grove Court! Isn’t it so charming? Beautiful photos as always. xoxo

  2. Kira Culotta Semple says: March 12, 2015

    Wow I did not know about this little place. I’m a terrible New Yorker- haha! Will definitely have to peek my head through the gate sometime. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Victoria McGinley says: March 12, 2015

    I LOVE this! I stumbled upon Grove Court in the fall but had no idea what it was or any of the history behind it. Go by there again next fall, in October-ish — the entire court is FULL of pumpkins. It was really cute! Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Holly K says: March 13, 2015

    Beautiful photos!

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