Expert-Led: Private Greenwich Village Walking Tour with an Historian
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors.
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
Whether you use the formal "Greenwich Village," or casually call it "the Village," prepare for an in-depth exploration of an iconic New York City neighborhood. Follow its lineage from Native American inhabitants to Dutch tobacco farmers, the English estates of "Grin’wich" to the Bohemian enclave it later became. In only a small radius, but in the company of an urban historian, you'll take detours and tangents to cover the centuries.
Trace early settlements and the topography of old rivers, considering the human scale of the buildings and winding streets. In order to introduce the Village's many layers, begin at its nexus: Washington Square, a former potter's field, then fashionable park, and now busy hangout. Look into the cobblestoned mews and rare carriage houses tucked behind the bordering mansions.
Passing landmarks like the Jefferson Market Library and Bleecker Street, head into the West Village's leafy precincts, with its clapboard houses and hidden courtyards. Spend some time unearthing architecture and urban development, but also on the biographies of significant people who have called the Village home, from Walt Whitman to Bob Dylan.
Stopping at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields on Hudson Street, discuss the area's burst of early 19th-century growth, from rural hamlet to bustling town – a result of fever outbreaks downtown and development by real estate barons like John Jacob Astor. After peeking into the church's lush walled garden, stroll to the Hudson River, central to both the neighborhoods and the city's history, and today a landscaped park with harbor views.
Open arms for alternative cultures
Perhaps the Village is best known for its Bohemian vintage. Quaint and ethnically diverse at the turn of the 20th century, by the beginning of World War I, innovative artists and writers were already seeking refuge here. Sheltered, with low rent and a tolerance for the radical and nonconformist, Greenwich Village quickly became a natural draw for both the Avant Garde and thrill-seeking uptown patrons alike.
Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.