Guided tour

New York City: Greenwich Village 2-Hour Tour

Activity provider: ExperienceFirst

New York City: Greenwich Village 2-Hour Tour

Activity provider: ExperienceFirst
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From US$ 35 per person

Likely to sell out

Explore the counterculture of New York’s Greenwich Village on a 2-hour walking tour, and discover where legendary artists, such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and Edgar Allan Poe used to hang out. Learn about the rise of gay rights, café society, and more.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the counterculture history of Greenwich Village
  • Walk from New York University and Washington Park Square
  • Discover the oldest wood frame house and oldest off Broadway theater in New York
  • See the apartment from the TV series "Friends"
  • Learn about writers and artists, from Edgar Allan Poe to Lenny Bruce
  • Hear about the rise of gay rights at the Stonewall Inn
Full description
Explore New York’s most bohemian neighborhood on a 2-hour tour of Greenwich Village, and discover its reputation as a magnet for intellectuals, artists, and beat poets. Meet your guide on the corner of Waverly Place and 6th Avenue and set off in the footsteps of Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe. Learn about artists, such as Jackson Pollack, who gave the neighborhood its freewheeling identity. Hear stories of radical thinkers like Upton Sinclair and John Reed, who debated in smoky cafés. Feel the energy of “the Village” as you stroll from Washington Square Park to the haunts and hideaways of Dylan Thomas, Jimi Hendrix and Lenny Bruce. Savor stories of how the Beat Generation flourished here, and uncover some of New York's rarest sights - including the smallest piece of private property in the city! Along the way, you will go to Jones Street, where Bob Dylan's album cover “The Freewheeling Bob Dylan” was shot, see the 1st integrated NYC club at the Cafe Society, learn about the birth of gay rights at the Stonewall Inn, and see the apartment building used in “Friends.” Admire the oldest wood frame house in the village, and finish your tour at 77 Bedford Street, former home of Issac Hendricks, and the Cherry Lane Theater, the oldest continuously running off Broadway theater in New York.
Includes
  • Access to Washington Square Park, Lower Manhattan
  • Live tour guide
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You must fill out a travel information form

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    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 127 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.8/5
    • Service
      4.9/5
    • Organization
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    Helene was a fantastic tour guide. She answered questions and had a lot of enthusiasm for the history of the area. I loved that she included a few visual aids, and I really liked learning about the Dutch, where the name Wall St. came from, and the architect Stanford White. I would book all my tours with Experience First in the future. They hire quality people.

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    July 28, 2022

    This was a great way to learn so much more about Greenwich Village than we would have been able to accomplish on our own! Helene, our guide, was so much fun. The tour was well-paced with lots of interesting information and sights. Highly recommended! Note - the tour is described as not wheelchair friendly, but it wasn't really any less accessible than anywhere else in the city. Our family member who uses a wheelchair managed just fine.

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    July 17, 2022

    Our guide had excellent local expertise from a lifetime of living and working in the neighborhood. His affection for the area enlivened the stories he shared around landmarks. He was gracious and accommodating and spent extra time as we navigated some heavy rain, which made the experience just that much more memorable!

    July 4, 2022

    Product ID: 46058