Greenwich Village is New York City’s most storied neighborhood. It has been home to the famous and infamous; and it still is! See the locations and hear the stories that for decades have attracted locals and visitors alike to this fascinating area.
Highlights of the Tour include a stroll through charming Abingdon Square and a walk along Bleecker Street, immortalized by Simon & Garfinkle in their song of the same title; and a visit to one of The Village’s hidden gems, the garden of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, a 200-year old Episcopal congregation. The Washington Arch and Lower Fifth Avenue, with its historic NeoGothic-styled churches are part of the Tour too, as well as the eclectic Jefferson Market Library. We learn why West 10th Street and West Fourth Street intersect.
Greenwich Village is a quirky mix of quiet streets and charming townhouses, some dating to the 1820s. We will see one of the last remaining wood-frame house in The Village, as well as the narrowest house in New York City. We will visit a Village area that was once a thriving neighborhood of Italian immigrants. Its anchor, the 1928 Italian Renaissance-styled Church of Our Lady of Pompeii is still an active part of the community.
We will walk along a quiet lane named for an underground brook before we see the house where Louisa May Alcott lived, and where she may have written part of Little Women. The Tour ends at Washington Square Park, where we get to see a spectacular view of One Fifth Avenue and the monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi, known as the George Washington of Italy.
The Tour’s cost is $30 for adults, $20 for seniors 65 years and older, and $15 for youths 13 to 18 years of age. Please consult the Calendar Schedule for the dates of the Gay Graves Tour. Click on the “Book Now” button at the top of the page or below to book your place. The Tour runs 2.5 to 3 hours. Bookings must be made at least 36 hours before the Tour begins.
We meet under the Washington Arch in Washington Square. It is strongly suggested that you travel light. We are on our feet for the entire time. Heavy backpacks and shopping bags can only distract from your enjoyment of the Tour. The terrain of this walking tour is level. You will get a good walking workout on this tour! It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes.
All sales are final. If the weather is foul, that is, if it is raining, snowing, windy or bitterly cold, the Greenwich Village Walking Tour will be replaced with Subway Art Tour One. All tours are conducted in English. All Tour participants assume normal liability for their behavior during the Tour.
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