St. Marks (8th Ave) The heart of the East Village between Bowery (3rd Ave) and 2nd Ave.

Like a small town within Manhattan, the Village has narrow tree-lined streets and brick townhouses.

For over 100 years, this small area below 14th Street and west of Broadway has been a Mecca to the creative, rebellious and Bohemian. Although today no starving artists could afford to live here, the vibe still lingers and the beat goes on.

For those wishing to experience the ambiance of a small town within a teeming metropolis, head to Greenwich Village with its charming crooked streets that are filled with culture, history and renowned institutions of learning and creativity. Woven into this invigorating environment are cafes’, boutiques, entertainment venues and a vibrant street life’  Greenwich Village is sometimes said to be the unofficial headquarters of the City’s counterculture. It has witnessed decades of well-known art and social movements including bohemian, beatnik, hippies.  History bounds on every corner. Known for its bohemian life style, the area of Greenwich Village was first settled by

Washington Square Arch

Native Americans. Washington Square, Its most recognizable landmark, Washington Square Arch, was built in 1898 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration. The Arch is located in Washington Square Park, the center of the Village’s thriving urban oasis.   Washington Square Park and the rows of townhouses around it with charming alleys behind them are all frozen in time. The park, with its arch famous from much movie exposure, is the heart of the Village. This park, at the foot of Fifth Avenue, is an oasis and circus combined, where skateboarders, jugglers, stand-up comics, strollers, sweethearts, chess players, fortune tellers and daydreamers converge and commune. History of Greenwich Village

In the 19th century, the gridiron plan for streets was established. But in The Village, where winding streets already existed, the character established in Colonial days prevailed.

Greenwich Village began to attract writers and intellectuals at an early date. By 1910 there was a combination of literary talent, independent thinkers with a zeal for social reform, and “bohemian” artists centered in the area. The Village today is still alive with their voices. Where artists and writers once lived, burning their candles at both ends, you will now find a more sedate atmosphere

Free Historic District Walking Tour

A relaxing stroll through Greenwich Village, Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown.
You’ve seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park.

Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? It’s time to visit some of Manhattan’s oldest and most enchanting historic districts. NYC by Foot is proud to present the “Free Historic Districts Walking Tour.” Join us as we walk the Village’s


winding and seemingly incoherent streets, catch a glimpse of street chess in Washington Square Park, gawk at the Fashionistas and cast iron buildings of Soho, savor a slice of pizza and a canolli in Little Italy, and take a stab at bargaining with a street vendor in Chinatown.

This 2.5 hour tour will cover a range of topics and give you the opportunity to better understand these neighborhoods and to better orient yourself in case you choose to return on your own. There will be opportunities to rest and refresh yourself as well as take lots of pictures. See some of the highlighted stops listed below!

Sites we cover on the tour:

  • The Stonewall Inn
  • Stonewall Riots and the Gay and Lesbian Movement
  • The Friends Apartment
  • The Huxstabul House (The Cosby Show)
  • Washington Square Park
  • Cafe Wha?
  • Haughwout Building
  • Heath Ledger’s Apartment Building
  • Little Italy
  • Canal and Mott Streets
  • and much more!

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