Learn the history of Greenwich Village on a 3-hour walking tour of New York City’s most storied neighborhood, and discover the haunts of the famous and infamous. See sights such as the Washington Square Arch, Jefferson Market Library, and more.
What to Expect
Explore the history of Greenwich Village on a half-day walking tour from Washington Square Park, moving on from the 19th-century Arch to discover a secret garden, 2 historic Victorian churches, and the last remaining mansion on Lower 5th Avenue.
Stop at the former homes of Mark Twain, Emma Lazarus, Marcel Duchamp, and Kathleen Turner, and learn why “The Village” became a magnet for artists. Enter one of the last dead-end alleys in New York City, and see the house where John Reed wrote “Ten Days that Shook the World.”
Learn how e.e. cummings helped create a Village landmark, before exploring the story behind the area’s most eclectic building at Jefferson Market Library. Cross paths at the unusual intersection of West 10th Street and West 4th Street, before strolling through Abingdon Square Park.
Walk along the street that Simon and Garfunkel immortalized in their song, “Bleecker Street,” window shopping the high-end boutiques that line the street today. Next, discover one of the hidden gems of “The Village” in the garden of the Episcopal Church of St. Luke’s in the Fields.
Along the way you will see some of the charming townhouses that characterize the neighborhood, as well as the last wood-framed houses and narrowest house in New York City. Learn how the area was once a thriving district for Italian immigrants, and how the Italian Renaissance Church of Our Lady of Pompeii remains an active part of the community to this day.
Discover the lane that takes its name from an underground brook, before going to the house where Louisa May Alcott wrote her most famous novel. Return to Washington Square Park to end your tour with a look at the monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian George Washington!
Meet your guide by the Washington Arch in Washington Square Park, at the foot of 5th Avenue
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Know Before You Go
• The duration of this tour is between 2.5-3 hours
• Meet under the Washington Square Arch at 09:00 Please consult calendar for available dates
• The terrain of this walking tour is level, traveling along the sidewalks of New York. Nevertheless, it is advisable to wear comfortable shoes. You will get a solid walking workout on this tour
• All bookings must be made at least 36 hours in advance of the tour time.