Greenwich Village, is a residential district in lower Manhattan, often spoken of as the Village. Originally, the district of Greenwich Village NYC was an industrial park, which was later overtaken by artists, writers, and non-conformists from the 50s and 60s moving into abandoned warehouses and factories. Today, Greenwich Village retains its artistic bohemian history and is a popular destination for locals, vacationers, and international travelers. While the district is quite modish and buzzing with activity, it remains a generally quiet residential neighborhood.
In the early 19th century, the city bought some land and developed it into the Washington Military Parade Ground. In the following years, the surrounding areas became very desirable for residents; still remaining from that time is a set of Greek Revival homes situated to the north of the park. The parade ground was converted into Washington Square Park near the middle of the 19th century. As the years progressed, improvements and expansions transformed the park into what is seen today, including the Washington Arch, which was modeled after the Arc de Triomphe, a large central fountain, statues, paths, and picnic and chess areas.
Shopping Image: Phillie Casablanca (flickr)
New York City hosts dozens upon dozens of shopping destinations. From novelties and antiques to books and music to crafts and boutiques, Greenwich Village remains a desirable location for visitors and locals to hit the shopping scene. Fashionable and affordable apparel is abundant on Eighth Avenue, between Broadway and Sixth. Bleecker Street boasts delectable specialty delights, as well as vinyl record shops and artistic boutiques. Beautiful scents spill out of shops on Christopher Street, where perfume and candle shops have found a home; international antiques can also be accessed on Christopher Street in the Village.
Nightlife & Bars
Nightlife & Bars Image: Paul Lowry (flickr)
Nightlife in The Big Apple is one of its important attractions, providing much to do after dark. Greenwich Village NYC has a unique nightlife and music scene that is not to be missed. Hundreds of restaurants offer a diverse selection of delicious cuisine, from fine dining rooms to casual street side cafes. Venture out to any one of the variety of bars for a drink with friends, whether it’s a retro saloon, a relaxed piano bar, or a glamorous lounge that’s in order for the evening. Experiencing the music arena of the Village is an essential part of any visit to the area; music clubs and theater performances are both excellent choices. Comedy clubs are also among the popular objectives for a night crawl in Greenwich Village. The clubs in the Village became famous in the 1950s and 1960s, and some of the venues where young musicians like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan got their start still exist tod, including the Cafe Wha? and the Bitter End. The White Horse Tavern opened in 1880 and is still a landmark in Greenwich Village. Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, and Jack Kerouac (who was bounced a number of times) all drank here. The poet Dylan Thomas frequented the tavern, dying not long after his last visit.
Greenwich Village Hotels
Ritzy hotels, charming inns, and art deco boutiques grace the list of accommodations throughout Greenwich Village NYC, and more often than not, deals are abundant, especially last minute deals, as many lodging establishments will gauge deals on whether the rooms are booked each day. When searching and making reservations, be sure to look and ask for special rates, such as weekend deals like stay two nights and get the third free. Additionally, flexible dates are often beneficial to achieving the lowest rates, since traveling during peak seasons and special events cause prices to escalate.