Map of Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village New York City NY
Greenwich Village
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Bounded by: W 14st Street on the North; W Houston Street on the South; the Hudson River on the West; Broadway on the East
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"The Village" - Greenwich Village NYC

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Map of Greenwich Village

Getting around Greenwich Village isn't easy. Because the Village was once a rural hamlet, and not a part of New York City, its street layout does not conform to the formal grid standards of the Commissioners' Plan of 1811. To make matters worse, the streets in the Village, unlike most of those in northern Manhattan, are named rather than numbered. The area is so confusing that even native New Yorkers get lost from time to time! If you plan on visiting the Village, be sure to study the map below. Familiarize yourself with the area before you go exploring, and decide in advance what you want to see.

Map of Greenwich Village

Fun Things to Do in Greenwich Village

There's no shortage of fun things to do in the Village. Aside from the many famous coffee shops in Greenwich Village, there are parks, art galleries, museums, and trendy NYC restaurants. Here are a few must-see NYC attractions in the neighborhood:

Washington Square Park- located in the heart of Greenwich Village

Washington Square Park- located in the heart of Greenwich Village

  • Washington Square Park: One of the most famous parks in NYC, Washington Square Park comprises 9.75 acres of scenic parkland and an enclosed NYC dog park. Here, beyond the iconic Washington Arch, you'll find master chess players battling over built-in chess tables, dogs chasing frisbees, and street performers dancing to laughter and applause. Visiting Washington Square Park is one of the best free things to do in New York City. You won't want to miss it.
  • Grey Art Gallery: Located on the NYU campus in Greenwich Village, Grey Art Gallery features a permanent collection of over 6,000 works of art, with a special emphasis on contemporary paintings from the 1940s to present day. With a suggested admission of only $3, Grey Art Gallery is one of the cheapest art galleries in New York City, and stands as a fun and inexpensive alternative to the famous Fifth Avenue museums in NYC.
  • Halloween Village Parade: If you happen to be in Greenwich Village on Halloween, be sure to check out the Halloween Village Parade. At this famous NY parade on Sixth Avenue, you'll find crazy Halloween costumes and massive puppets, some of which require multiple puppeteers (in 2010, a life-size dinosaur skeleton made a notable appearance). Anyone in costume may join the march; not surprisingly, this fun NYC parade draws an average of over one million participants.
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Hotel Wolcott NY
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Broadway Plaza Hotel
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The Evelyn Hotel
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Trump Soho
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5. Doubletree Chelsea
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Chicago Broadway
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Wicked the Musical
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Hamilton
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Jersey Boys
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Phantom of the Opera
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History of Greenwich Village

Map of old Greenwich Village

Map of old Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village is a predominantly upper-middle-class residential neighborhood on the west side of downtown Manhattan. Now completely gentrified, the Village was once the bohemian capital of the United States, having produced many of the 20th century's artistic luminaries, including Beat writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg and folk musicians Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. Today, the area is populated by many recognizable actors and directors; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Uma Thurman, and Edward Norton are just a few of the celebrities who call Greenwich Village home.

Bounded by Broadway, Houston Street, 14th Street, and the Hudson River, Greenwich Village comprises the primary New York University campus and the famous 9.75-acre Washington Square Park.

Bedford Street in Greenwich Village

Bedford Street in Greenwich Village

It is also home to many famous coffee shops and jazz clubs, including Caffe Reggio and the Blue Note. A popular tourist destination in NYC, the area has been featured in numerous books, films, and TV shows, most notably in the popular TV shows Friends and Sex and the City. As of 2010, Greenwich Village, the home of the oldest gay and lesbian bookstore, is strongly associated with the gay liberation movement. Local residents and preservation groups continue to fight the construction of new and inappropriate buildings in this historic NY neighborhood.

Performing Arts in Greenwich Village

Cherry lane, New York City's oldest  continuously running Off Broadway theater, is in Greenwich Village

Cherry lane, New York City's oldest continuously running Off Broadway theater, is in Greenwich Village

Since the 1950s, Greenwich Village has been home to a vibrant performing arts scene. Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Nina Simone are just a few of the musicians who got their start in Greenwich Village. You might begin your tour of the neighborhood with a visit to one of its famous NYC jazz clubs, such as the Village Vanguard or the Blue Note, or you might catch a performance at Le Poisson Rouge, the acclaimed multimedia arts and cabaret venue. Having done that, you might visit one of the famous coffee houses in Greenwich Village, such as Caffee Reggio, the home of the "original cappucino." There, with a cup of hot coffee and a good book, you'll feel yourself a part of a rich cultural tradition that extends back to the late 19th century.