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New York City: Greenwich Village 2-Hour Tour

1. New York City: Greenwich Village 2-Hour Tour

Explore New York’s most bohemian neighborhood on a 2-hour tour of Greenwich Village, and discover its reputation as a magnet for intellectuals, artists, and beat poets. Meet your guide on the corner of Waverly Place and 6th Avenue and set off in the footsteps of Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe. Learn about artists, such as Jackson Pollack, who gave the neighborhood its freewheeling identity. Hear stories of radical thinkers like Upton Sinclair and John Reed, who debated in smoky cafés. Feel the energy of “the Village” as you stroll from Washington Square Park to the haunts and hideaways of Dylan Thomas, Jimi Hendrix and Lenny Bruce. Savor stories of how the Beat Generation flourished here, and uncover some of New York's rarest sights - including the smallest piece of private property in the city! Along the way, you will go to Jones Street, where Bob Dylan's album cover “The Freewheeling Bob Dylan” was shot, see the 1st integrated NYC club at the Cafe Society, learn about the birth of gay rights at the Stonewall Inn, and see the apartment building used in “Friends.” Admire the oldest wood frame house in the village, and finish your tour at 77 Bedford Street, former home of Issac Hendricks, and the Cherry Lane Theater, the oldest continuously running off Broadway theater in New York.

Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

2. Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

Explore the darker side of Greenwich Village on a ghost tour after dark. Learn about the infamous Hanging Tree as you walk into the heart of Washington Square Park and see the arch while listening to spine-chilling stories from your local guide. Next, make your way over to the Brown Building, site of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, where the victims still linger to this day. Walk up 5th Avenue and stop past the Church of the Ascension, haunted by the artist John Lafarge. See the most haunted house in Manhattan at 14 West 10th Street, home to 22 spirits and the site of several murders. Head into the heart of the West Village, pass the home of Emma Lazarus and one of the most beautiful libraries in New York City.  Hear about the ghost of a former mayor at 12 Gay Street, and pass the famous Stonewall Inn where the riots that led to the birth of gay rights began. Cross Christopher Street to visit the infamous speakeasy of Chumley's.

Greenwich Village Tour

3. Greenwich Village Tour

Begin your 2-hour tour at the corner of 6th Avenue and Waverly Place, and learn about the history of Greenwich Village. Head to the Edgar Allan Poe house and the Washington Square Hotel. Explore Washington Square Park, a former potter's field, and learn how this area became the destination for musicians and protesters. Visit the Brown Building, site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911, an event that led to the American labor movement. Head up McDougal Street, and see Cafe Wha, Cafe Reggio, and the Comedy Cellar. Learn where the best pizza in NYC is sold. Stroll down Christopher Street and visit the Stonewall Inn, where a riot in 1969 began America's Gay Rights Movement.

New York City: Pride Walking Tour

4. New York City: Pride Walking Tour

Gather at Christopher Park, one of the only locations on the National Register of Historic Places listed for its LGBTQ significance, for guest check-in and an overview of the tour. In the park, learn about the role of this location in the Pride Movement and the unjust treatment of members of the LGBTQ community leading up to the Stonewall Uprising.  Next, proceed to the Stonewall Inn, where your guide will shed light on the history of Stonewall and the story of the uprising. Continue to the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop to learn about the site's significance and the story of its founder. See the Gay Street sign and hear about its coincidental naming. Visit the Pride Flag and the site of the first Pride March, all the while absorbing the fascinating history of the LGBTQ community. Visit the LGBTQ bars Julius, Fedora, and Marie’s Crisis, and finish back at Christopher Park.

New York City Streets Full-Day Bike Tour

5. New York City Streets Full-Day Bike Tour

Begin with a ride through Greenwich Village and a stop at the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the gay rights movement of the 1960s and 70s.  Next ride along the Hudson River Greenway to Wall Street, where bankers rub shoulders with bike messengers, and brokers down their lunch as fast as the stock market fluctuates. Then onto the World Trade Center, where the new tower rises tall, a monument to human despair and resilience. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, learn the story of this glorious architectural wonder and discover the amazing history of an underground railroad stop in Brooklyn. Discover how unique churches, a few tropical fruits, and a fabulous hotel made Brooklyn Heights one of New York’s gems. Then back over the Manhattan Bridge and into Chinatown, find yourself on a street where secret meetings were once held to overthrow the dynasties of China and, later in an alley leading to the site of one of New York’s strangest gang fights. Dim Sum cafés, street signs stacked one behind the other, and Chinese funeral parlors are all found here. Finally, ride through a thin strip of territory that was once a very big Little Italy. As waiters serve pasta and saltimbocca in open-air cafes, discover just one floor above, other residents are burning incense and setting aside fruits as offerings to the Buddha.

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What people are saying about Stonewall Inn

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 192 reviews

We enjoyed the sights and the history of this tour. We were hoping to meet the ghost dog, but we settled for a great walk through Greenwich, the interesting stories of haunting from our guide Liz, and the perfect eerie drizzly weather, sans paranormal encounters. Maybe next time :)

Joe was an excellent tour guide. Informative and knowledgable of the history behind the Stonewall Uprising, and what lead to the liberation of the LGBTQ+ community, first pride March, as well as fun facts to this present day. Thank you Joe for an awesome experience!

Very informative, family friendly. Every site discussed a different aspect of the history of the city - architecture, art influences, culture, and governance.

Hélène is passionate and her tour is well organized between the great history of New York and the little details of Greenwich. top

Tour guide was very knowledgeable of the area and gave a lot of good information.