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Greenwich Village

The bohemian capital of the world - and these days one of America's priciest neighbourhoods.

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Three Lives & Company is a tiny, independent bookstore that exemplifies the spirit of Greenwich Village. Peruse their shelves and chat with their knowledgeable and passionate staff

Often simply referred to as “The Village”, Greenwich Village is like a small town within Manhattan. It preceded the development of Manhattan’s rigid street grid — hence its crooked, winding streets. It’s a place for walking, so give yourself a day and explore its unique tangle of restaurants, bars and historic brownstone buildings.


Greenwich Village is famous as a Bohemian capital, the cradle of the LGBT movement and the birthplace of Beat generation. For decades it’s been the haunt of great artists, from Edgar Allan Poe to Dylan Thomas; from Jimi Hendrix to Bob Dylan. Although the area’s avant-garde reputation has somewhat faded as yuppies and movie stars have moved in and rent prices have soared, it’s leafy, narrow streets still retain their unique charm.


Razzma-Jazz

The Village’s music scene is still thriving. Be sure to visit the Bitter End, a historic music venue that opened in 1961 and hosted some legendary acts before they found fame, including Joan Baez, Judy Collins, David Crosby and Bob Dylan. It has an intimate atmosphere and still hosts live acts every night.


Constellations

Even if you’ve never been to New York before, The Village will be a familiar sight. It is, for example, the main setting for “Friends” since Monica’s apartment has a Grove St address. It also features in “Mad Men”, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” and the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis”, which focuses on the emerging folk scene in the 1960s. Take a tour to visit all these spots, or enjoy stumbling across them yourselves.

Nearby Attractions

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Fifth Avenue
The world's most prestigious (and expensive) shopping street.
Jefferson Market Library
The Village’s most eclectic and eccentric building, site of the 'Trial of the Century' in 1906.
Washington Square Park
Dominated by a triumphal arch, this beautiful park has a tradition of celebrating nonconformity.
SoHo
South of Houston Street is a historic district famed for its artistic atmosphere and cast-iron façades.
E. V. Haughwout Building
Created in 1856, this cast-iron landmark is home to the first passenger elevator.
Rockefeller Center Observation Deck
This high vantage point gives an incredible vista of the Big Apple.

Related Tours

Private Full Day Highlights with Top of the Rock tickets
Explore the Big Apple - from the bustling streets of Downtown Manhattan to the serenity of Central Park.  On this private tour you will:

· See the best sights of Lower Manhattan, from the National 9/11 Memorial to St Paul’s Chapel
· Walk around quirky, local Greenwich Village 
· Experience the bustle of Times Square
· Enjoy the grandeur of St Patrick’s Cathedral
· Stroll in both Grand Central Terminal and Central Park
· Finish your tour gazing out on the city from the views from the Rockefeller Center

Your tour begins  at the National 9/11 Memorial and visit Ground Zero— the original site of the The World Financial Center. Here your guide will share with you the history of the World Trade Center and discuss the tragic events of 9/11. You will also visit Saint Paul's Chapel,  which was the base for rescue workers who heroically searched for survivors on that fateful day.

Next you will head towards  trendy Greenwich Village, home to over a century's worth of bohemians, artists, musicians, novelists, poets and intellectuals of New York City. From here you will take the subway to Wall Street in lower Manhattan, arguably the most important financial center of the world. You will learn about some of the most important moments in US history, from the swearing in of George Washington as the first American President, to the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement—the foundation of the New York Stock Exchange. 

Bright Lights

You will also have the opportunity to explore the gothic architecture of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, where writer F. Scott Fitzgerald was married. Then, you will walk to Grand Central Terminal, the most iconic transportation hub in the United States, with the beautiful celestial ceiling murals. 

Your guide will take you to Times Square in the midtown area to view the news ticker on the One Times Square Building, the NASDAQ board, and all the fluorescent neon advertisements. You will then venture to another icon of NYC—the Rockefeller Center. Here, your guide will give you your tickets for the Rockefeller Observation deck and part with you. Cap off your tour with  a breathtaking bird’s eye view of Manhattan and the rest of the Big Apple. 
Private Walking Tour of Little Italy, Soho and Chinatown
The different neighbourhoods of New York each have something to give the curious traveller. Go with your personal guide to see four of its most vibrant districts to see many of New York’s off the beaten path sights.
      
  • Enjoy avant-garde  Greenwich Village
  • Experience the artistic soul of Soho
  • See the impact of immigrants in Little Italy and Chinatown 
The Village
 

 Simply known as “The Village” and much loved by native New Yorkers, Greenwich has been, and still is home to America’s bohemian scene. You will start at Washington Square Park, a buzzing city hangout, where you will discover cobblestoned mews and 19th century brownstone carriage houses. You will glimpse some of New York’s rarest sights, for example, the home where John Wilkes Booth spoke openly of his plan to murder President Abraham Lincoln. Pass by such landmarks as the Jefferson Market Library and Bleecker Street, as well as where Hemingway, Edgar Poe, Jackson Pollack lived and worked. 

 Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown

You will proceed to explore New York City’s vibrant neighbourhoods of Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown. You will venture through Soho where you will learn about its transformation from its' humble beginnings as a centre for the rag trade industry, eventually becoming an extravagant artist community. You will see Soho's unique collection of cast iron buildings such as the Haughwout Building, home to the first safety elevator, and the Old Police Headquarters— the 1909 Beaux-Arts building.
 
While walking the narrow cobblestone streets in the heart of Little Italy, you will learn about Mafia hangouts, the most famous of which is Ravenite Club. You will pop into the oldest cheese shop in NYC and the first NYC pizzeria, as well as exploring Old Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Journey through NYC’s Chinatown, walk along Canal and Motts Streets, the former Five Points District, and the Old Opium Den, where you will hear stories of Chinese immigrants who came to Manhattan to build a future of their own. Your expert local guide will also tell you all about the violent gangs that sprang up around them, fighting for dominance. 
Greenwich Village Walking Tour
Greenwich Village is New York City’s most storied neighborhood. It has been home to the famous and infamous; and it still is! See the locations and hear the stories that for decades have attracted locals and visitors alike to this fascinating area.

The Village
 

 Simply known as “The Village” and much loved by native New Yorkers, Greenwich has been, and still is home to America’s bohemian scene. You will start at Washington Square Park, a buzzing city hangout, where you will discover cobblestoned mews and 19th century brownstone carriage houses. You will glimpse some of New York’s rarest sights, for example, the home where John Wilkes Booth spoke openly of his plan to murder President Abraham Lincoln. Pass by such landmarks as the Jefferson Market Library and Bleecker Street, as well as where Hemingway, Edgar Poe, Jackson Pollack lived and worked. 

Highlights of the tour include a stroll through charming Abingdon Square and a walk along Bleecker Street, immortalized by Simon & Garfunkel in their song of the same title; and a visit to one of The Village’s hidden gems, the garden of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, a 200-year old Episcopal congregation. The Washington Arch and Lower Fifth Avenue, with its historic NeoGothic-styled churches are part of the tour too, as well as the eclectic Jefferson Market Library. Learn why West 10th Street and West 4th Street intersect!

Greenwich Village is a quirky mix of quiet streets and charming townhouses, some dating to the 1820s. You will see one of the last remaining wood-frame houses in The Village, as well as the narrowest house in New York City. You will visit a Village area that was once a thriving neighborhood of Italian immigrants. Its anchor, the 1928 Italian Renaissance-styled Church of Our Lady of Pompeii is still an active part of the community.

You will walk along a quiet lane named for an underground brook before we see the house where Louisa May Alcott lived, and where she may have written part of Little Women. The tour ends at Washington Square Park, where you get to see a spectacular view of One Fifth Avenue and the monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi, known as the George Washington of Italy.
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