The pulse of the Greenwich Village originates in Washington Square Park, NYC(opens in a new tab).
These 10 acres are always brimming with colorful New Yorkers. On any given day you can see jazz quartets, stand-up comedians, opera singers, a Shakespeare performance, or even piano concerts. Yes, a man pushes a grand piano down the streets of New York, just so he can make merry music in Washington Square Park.
The Famous Faces of Greenwich Village
Surrounding the park, you will find the twisty turning streets of the Village. Navigating them, you will be walking in the footsteps of people(opens in a new tab) such as Edgar Allan Poe, Louisa May Alcott, Dylan Thomas, Jackson Pollock, Marcel Duchamp, William DeKooning, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, and even Lady Gaga. Imagine the stories that these streets could tell if they could talk! Of course, the best way to learn their secrets is to take a Greenwich Village walking tour.
Where to Eat in Greenwich Village
If you’re hungry, there is an abundance of restaurants in Greenwich Village, each serving delicious foods unique to the neighborhood. A New York favorite is John’s of Bleecker Street(opens in a new tab), which many consider to be the best pizza in New York City. New Yorkers take their pizza very seriously, so this local endorsement is a huge honor! A few blocks away, at LaGuardia Place, you will find a small store called DŌ(opens in a new tab). This hidden gem serves raw cookie dough, in giant scoops, like ice cream! They have tons of flavors and you can choose different toppings!
Shopping in the Village
Greenwich Village also has fabulous shopping. You’ll find everything from high-end boutiques, such as LoveShackFancy, to thrift stores, such as Beacon’s Closet(opens in a new tab). The neighborhood streets are lined with record stores, guitar stores, art galleries, and a wondrous book shop called The Strand, which is a must-see for any book lover!
Greenwich Village is easily accessible via the subway. Take the A, C, E, or B, D train to West 4th Street, or the 1 train to Christopher. Make sure you bring an appetite for both food and fun as you enjoy this eclectic neighborhood.
If you’d prefer to look around with a local or your own personal Greenwich Village guide, contact us to find out more about our custom private tours!