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Greenwich Village Tour

1. Greenwich Village Tour

Begin your 2-hour tour at the corner of 6th Avenue and Waverly Place, and learn about the history of Greenwich Village. Head to the Edgar Allan Poe house and the Washington Square Hotel. Explore Washington Square Park, a former potter's field, and learn how this area became the destination for musicians and protesters. Visit the Brown Building, site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911, an event that led to the American labor movement. Head up McDougal Street, and see Cafe Wha, Cafe Reggio, and the Comedy Cellar. Learn where the best pizza in NYC is sold. Stroll down Christopher Street and visit the Stonewall Inn, where a riot in 1969 began America's Gay Rights Movement.

NYC: New York City History of Stand-Up Comedy Tour

2. NYC: New York City History of Stand-Up Comedy Tour

Comedy History Tours NYC is New York City's Premier History of Comedy Tour. See the sites in Greenwich Village where modern-day stand-up comedy was born. Learn the history of these locations, as well as the history of comedy in New York City and popular culture at large. Our tour is done in cooperation with comedy shows across NYC, and our tour includes complimentary entrance to one or more stand-up comedy shows later that day/night, and throughout your NYC visit. Your final show options and vouchers/confirmations for such will be given to you by your guide on the tour. An overview of each show will be provided by your guide so you can make your selection(s). Comedy History Tours NYC tour stops include The Duplex, Cafe Wha, the Original location of The Cafe Au Go Go, The Bitter End, The Comedy Cellar, and more. This is a must-attend tour for comedy lovers as it will frame your visit to New York City with a history of New York City comedy. The following is the full tour itinerary Our tour starts on the famous intersection of Gay Street and Christopher Street where your guide will narrate, with pictures, the history of New York City comedy from the early 1900s vaudeville, through the dinner clubs and radio of the 1930s and 40s. At The Duplex, your guide will narrate, with photos, the comedy history of The Duplex, and the famous comedians who rose through this venue. At The Cafe Wha, your guide will narrate, with photos, the comedy history of The Cafe Wha, and the famous comedians who rose through this venue. At The Bitter End, your guide will narrate, with photos, the comedy history of The Cafe Au Go Go (now Madam Ji's across the street from The Bitter End), and The Bitter End. As well as note the famous comedians who rose through these venues. At The Grisly Pear Comedy Club, your guide will narrate, with pictures, the history of comedy regarding the rise of television in the 1960s, as well as the creation of Saturday Night Live, and famous African American contributions to comedy. Your guide will also note the most famous modern comedy clubs in New York City at this stop. At The Comedy Cellar, your guide will narrate the history of The Comedy Cellar, and your guide will offer to take photos of you in front of the Club's famous marquee. And finally, your guide will show you the second location of The Comedy Cellar, located at the Village Underground. Also at this stop, your guide will note local stand-up comedy show(s) that you are given free access to later that evening and/or on your trip, as a benefit of attending this tour. All comedy show options are for ages 21 and over.

Greenwich Village, New York Culture and History Walking Tour

3. Greenwich Village, New York Culture and History Walking Tour

Explore the fascinating secrets and rich history of Greenwich Village, New York City's most intriguing neighborhood. Discover cemeteries hidden in plain sight and hear the true history behind stories of ghosts in Washington Square Park, the heart of the Village. Follow in the footsteps of rock legends Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix at Café Wha, where they began their careers, and stop by the Gaslight Cafe, made famous by poets in the Beat generation. At the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, hear the tale of the tragic fire that led to changes in labor laws. Visiting remnants of the past, see the 1811 plan that transformed Manhattan from rural fields to a modern metropolis. At the site of his prohibition-era speakeasy, hear about infamous mayor Jimmy Walker. See the beautiful Victorian Gothic Jefferson Market Courthouse that is now a library and learn about the prison and market that used to surround it. Pass by The Stonewall Inn where a riot in 1969 began the LGBTQ rights movement. Walk over an old underground stream that still flows beneath the bustling streets of today. Stand where founding father Thomas Paine faced the twilight of his days, alone and friendless. Book your tour now and discover the rich history and secrets of this legendary neighborhood! Duration: 2 hours Distance: 2 miles / 3 km Start Times: 11am Tue, 5pm Wed*, 2pm Sat * April to September

New York Famous Artists: Manhattan Outdoor Escape Game

4. New York Famous Artists: Manhattan Outdoor Escape Game

Start your quest at The White Horse Tavern. It will take you between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at The Bitter End. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Up for a fun challenge? After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

Rock and Roll History and Culture Walking Tour in New York

5. Rock and Roll History and Culture Walking Tour in New York

Get ready to rock out on our walking tour though Greenwich Village and follow in the footsteps of music legends. Visit the venues where Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix launched their careers, and CBGB where punk rock was born with Ramones, Talking Heads, and Blondie. See the Fillmore East, called the "Church of Rock and Roll” in the late 1960s and the Pyramid Club, where music and art converged in the 1980s. Visit the home where Buddy Holly recorded his last songs before his tragic death. Step into Andy Warhol's vibrant world at the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, where the Velvet Underground left an indelible mark on the music scene. Visit the site where Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols met his demise, and the humble apartment where John and Yoko made their first home in New York. Discover the spots immortalized in classic album covers for Bob Dylan, Ramones, and Led Zeppelin. This is a must-do tour for any music lover. Book now and join us for a walk down rock and roll history! Duration: 2.5 hours Distance: 3 miles / 4.5 km Start Times: 2pm Mon, 11am Fri

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What people are saying about Cafe Wha?

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 24 reviews

A simple concept but what a wonderful way to see a city. Loved playing this and learning at the same time about places I never would have thought to look for. Highly recommend.

Tour guide was very knowledgeable of the area and gave a lot of good information.

Our guide Liz was fabulous. So informative. We really enjoyed the tour.