Historic Walking Tour of Greenwich Village

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What You'll Do
  • Tour Greenwich Village on foot in a small group, led by a knowledgeable local historian
  • Learn about the Village’s Native American and colonial roots through to its emergence as the center of bohemia in New York City
  • Visit Greenwich Village’s landmarks like Washington Square, Jefferson Market Library, the Church of St. Luke’s and Bleecker Street
  • Hear stories about the significant people who have called the Village home through the centuries, including Walt Whitman and Bob Dylan
Tour Greenwich Village with a local historian exploring the history of the neighbourhood. Learn about its Native American roots through to its Bohemian emergence. Visit the Village’s landmarks like Bleecker Street and Jefferson Market Library.
What to Expect
Discover how Greenwich Village has always been a place apart from the rest of New York City on this walking tour of the neighbourhood led by a local historian. The residents of this hamlet within the city have always defined themselves by their own sense of community. Find out why.

The tour will be an exploration of the history of Greenwich Village. You will learn about its Native American roots, through to the Dutch tobacco farms and English estates of “Green Wich” and onto its emergence as the bohemian epicentre of New York. Your guide, a local historian, will take you on interesting detours and tangents throughout the tour. This will enable you to explore the early settlements and trace the topography of the area’s old rivers. You will also consider the human scale of the buildings and winding streets.

In order to introduce Greenwich Village's many layers, we begin at its nexus: Washington Square. Washington Square was once a former potter's field before becoming a fashionable park. Now it is a busy city hangout. You will look into the cobblestoned mews and 19th century carriage houses that are tucked behind the mansions along the park. There are only a few that remain in the entire city.

Along the tour route, you will pass landmarks like the Jefferson Market Library and Bleecker Street. You will head into the leafy precincts of the West Village, with its clapboard houses and hidden courtyards.

Time will be spent on architecture and urban development, but also on the biographies of the significant people who have called the Village home through the centuries. Walt Whitman and Bob Dylan are among the famous and infamous characters who have lived in Greenwich Village.

A stop at the Church of St. Luke's in the Fields on Hudson Street will prompt a discussion of the area's burst of growth in the early 19th century from rural hamlet to bustling town. This was a result of fever outbreaks downtown and the development by real estate barons like John Jacob Astor. After peeking into the church's lush walled garden, you will walk to the Hudson River.

A place apart, but central to the life of New York City, Greenwich Village’s unique history, traditions and culture are all explored during this walking tour.
What's Included
  • Local historian guide
What's Not Included
  • Tour fee
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Meeting Point

You will meet for your tour in front of the Washington Square Coffee Shop at 150 West 4th Street. This is just a block west of Washington Square. The closest subway stop is the West 4th Station on the A,B,C,D,E,F and V lines.

Know Before You Go
• Please reconfirm your booking by contacting the tour provider at info@contexttravel.com
• Tour maximum is 6 participants
• Minimum age for tour is 12 years
• Tours are operated rain or shine, with some changes made to the tour route to accommodate poor weather conditions
• Tour can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior with an 85% refund; within 38 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded
• If you run late for your tour, please alert the tour provider so that the guide may be alerted
• No-shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are not refundable
• Cancellations within 48 hours must be made directly with the tour provider’s local offices by calling them directly (or the emergency number provided)
• Cancellations made my email or by calling the US office may not be honoured

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