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Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

1. 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.

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New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

2. New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

Take a two-hour guided walking tour through some of NYC's most famous neighborhoods and discover their stories of gangsters and ghosts from the city’s past. The Five Points, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greenwich Village were known as the vice districts during the 1920s and 30s. See the places where gangsters such as John Gotti and Lucky Luciano used to party, make deals, and carry out threats. Visit haunted locations and old crime scenes on a tour led by historians. Spooky tales of the ghosts and gangsters of NYC's streets will be shared along the way. Stop at The Five Points, known for hosting New York's most infamous gangs, Chinatown's "Blood Alley," haunted houses of the West Village, and the many restaurants where mafia murders occurred in Little Italy. Go inside the Godfather-featured Basilica of St Patrick. The tour is family friendly with frequent stops.

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New York City: Greenwich Village 2-Hour Tour

3. 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.

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New York City: Haunted Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

4. New York City: Haunted Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

New York City is known for its hustle and bustle, and has been the living space for many of America’s most historically significant people. With every step you take in this concrete jungle, there’s a good chance you’re coming across something that has a story to it that you’ve never heard before. Throughout this dense city filled with generations of historic events, there’s one area with a real reputation for paranormal activity: Greenwich Village. Come explore a side of Greenwich Village that many people have never known about. The town has been inundated with a history that is fascinating, tragic, and strange. Embark on a life-changing experience and explore a side of New York that few are brave enough to see. Throughout the tour you will visit 9 haunted locations in and around Greenwich Village whilst seeing historical places that are home to some of the strangest tales you’ve ever heard. You'll encounter the Jefferson Market Library, where architectural curiosity catches the eye due to its unique tower. If you look closer however you’ll see a dark past, as this building once served as a prison for Manhattan’s female criminals, and was also the first night court. Following that you will visit the site of the Triangle Factory Fire, a tragic event which led to the death of nearly 150 people. You'll conclude by visiting the Mark Twain House and a haunted restaurant, where ghosts from 200 years ago have been seen consistently since 1910. Whilst at the Mark Twain House you can see if you can catch a glimpse of the famous author walking about in a white suit, which many witnesses claim to have seen.

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Greenwich Village Tour

5. 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.

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Greenwich Village: Cupcake Bakeries Walking Tour

6. Greenwich Village: Cupcake Bakeries Walking Tour

Learn about the history of cupcakes as you visit some of the best small bakeshops in New York City. Your host will take you to secret bakeries as you search for the best the city has to offer. From the mini classic buttercream cupcake to the red velvet cream-cheese cupcake, you will discover a range of eclectic flavors baked daily. You'll visit local bakeries and taste some of the most desired cupcakes the locals are raving about. At the same time, discover local street art and music as you stroll around the West Village. You will have the opportunity to shop at the bakeries to take some delicious goodies home to share. Depart from this experience with a newly-discovered love for New York's bakeries.

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New York: Private 2-Hour City Tour by Jeep

7. New York: Private 2-Hour City Tour by Jeep

Unlike many other tours, the chauffeur for this journey is a knowledgeable, native New Yorker who will show you the most fascinating areas of the city – in just 2 hours. Begin in the historic West Village and then venture across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for one of the most spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Visit lower Manhattan's most exciting neighborhoods. See the West Village, the original stomping grounds of New York's bohemians, SoHo, an artistic haven featuring numerous art galleries and shops, and TriBeCa, an up-and-coming neighborhood that’s home to an annual film festival. Continue on to South Street Seaport, a cobblestoned dock, where you’ll see some of the world's most impressive boats. Traffic permitting, you’ll visit the Financial District, home to The New York Stock Exchange, Chinatown, home to the largest Chinese population in North America, and Little Italy, home to more than 20 historical landmarks. Experience New York like never before in a Jeep Wrangler SUV!

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New York City: 2-Hour Chocolate Tasting Tour

8. New York City: 2-Hour Chocolate Tasting Tour

Enjoy a stroll around some of the New York's most decadent dessert stores, and discover some of the finest chocolatiers in Manhattan. Stop for 8 tastings on-the-go, walking in small groups of no more than 20 people. Meet your guide at Washington Square Arch and head off to sample tasty truffles and salty caramels, including dark chocolate almond bark and the most exquisite chocolate mousse you’ve ever tasted. Discover one of New York’s best kept foodie secrets at Chelsea Market, and sample the amazing chocolate creations of Jacques Torres (“Mr Chocolate”). Go to Manhattan’s cult candy store at Lilac Chocolates, where the homemade mocha truffles, maple walnut fudge, chocolate cream rolls, and almond bark are to die for! Have a “chocogasm” at the Chocolate Bar, Alison Nelson’s pioneering shop in the West Village, and try the legendary cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery. No chocolate experience would be complete without a warm baked chocolate chip cookie at Milk and Cookies, while the mango paprika slate at Xocolatti provides the perfect introduction to Soho's most innovative chocolatier. Savor the best chocolate canoli at Pasticceria Bruno, and discover chocolates spiced with an array of exotic flavors, including allspice, ginger, hemp seed, and wasabi at Vosges.

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NYC: Virtual "Friends" Tour Package

9. NYC: Virtual "Friends" Tour Package

Virtually explore 18 locations from the "Friends" series from the comfort of your home. Pause, stop, and replay the tour at your own pace. Visit the "Friends" apartment building located above Central Perk. Pass by the Museum of Natural History where Ross works as a paleontologist. Swing by Bloomingdales where Rachel works as an assistant buyer, and check out Saks 5th Avenue where Joey develops a cologne spritzer rivalry with "The Hombre Man". To continue the fun, receive exclusive admission to a Friends Virtual Trivia Night event to go up against other "Friends" super fans. So, order two pizzas ("the Joey Special"), bake some of Phoebe's famous Nestlé toll house cookies, and join in the fun.

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Manhattan and Central Park Bike Tour

10. Manhattan and Central Park Bike Tour

Pedal off from beneath the Manhattan Bridge and follow the East River Esplanade towards Southport Seaport. Learn the history of the shipping industry before going to Battery Park to get stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Cycle the Hudson River Greenway to arrive at Riverside Park. Next, explore the Upper West Side and grab a bite to eat in the Time Warner Building or from one of the many street vendors during a 30-minute food stop. Cycle the 6-mile loop of Central Park to experience the attraction the best way possible, and take a quick ride through Midtown Manhattan towards Times Square and the Empire State Building. Stop at Rockefeller Plaza and St. Patrick's Cathedral along the way. Head into the West Village to visit Washington Square Park. Ride through the East Village and into SoHo before going through Little Italy and China Town. Reach the East Side of Manhattan and get beautiful views of Long Island before the tour ends!

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What people are saying about West Village

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 444 reviews

I have been a New Yorker my entire life, born and raised in Brooklyn. I wanted to know more about my city, especially it’s creepier lore as we move closer to Halloween. I was blown away by the tour guide’s knowledge and how much history is stored in places that I pass everyday. In addition, the guide was very friendly, enthusiastic, and eager to share information. The tour was accessible, informative, and a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend!

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 :)

Good after-dark walking tour of the area with an energetic and entertaining guide: much fun with lots of local lore. Serena was great tour guide and story-teller

Jared was a knowledgeable and engaging tour guide. We covered a lot of area/sights. The pace of the tour was good and overall was an enjoyable 2 hours.

The guide was fantastic.I’ve always had a good tour with GetYourGuide!