Neighborhood Guide

Stuvesant Town


Stuyvesant Town—Peter Cooper Village is a large private residential development on the East Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Stuyvesant Town was named after Peter Stuyvesant, the last Director-General of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. Peter Cooper Village is named after the 19th century industrialist, inventor and philanthropist Peter Cooper, who founded Cooper Union. The complex is a sprawling collection of red brickapartment buildings stretching from First Avenue to Avenue C, between 14th and 23rd Streets. It covers about 80 acres of land, a portion of which is utilized for playgrounds and parkland. The combined development is bordered by the East River/Avenue C on the east, the Gramercy Park neighborhood on the west, the East Village and Alphabet City to the south, and Kips Bay to the north. The surrounding area to the west is notable for historic Stuyvesant Square, a two-block park surrounded by the old Stuyvesant High School, Saint George's Church, and the Beth Israel Medical Center.