Greenwich Village: Small Town Splendor in the Heart of the City

This tour will display the cultural (and counter-cultural) roots of one of New York’s most storied neighborhoods.  We will learn about the Stonewall Inn, birthplace of the American Gay Rights Movement, Washington Square Park and its Arch, and the calamitous Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.  Visitors will get a sense of the ubiquity of NYU, America’s largest private university, and the love-hate-relationship the school shares with “The Village.” And they will see where some of the premiere rock and roll musicians rubbed shoulders with poets, playwrights and artists.

The Victorian-era Jefferson Market Courthouse

The Victorian-era Jefferson Market Courthouse, now a public library

Miguel de Cervantes in the Spanish Department of New York University

This back alley was once the home of poet e.e. cummings.

This back alley was once the home of poet e.e. cummings.

We will explore hidden back alleys and side streets that harken the days of rural cow paths, prohibition speakeasies and carriage roads. We will see signs of the changing demographics of the neighborhood and New York City in general.  A crowd favorite is the one-time smallest piece of property in New York, a miniscule piece of sidewalk that is all that remains of an estate severed by the extension of 7th Ave South.

Stanford White’s magnificent Washington Memorial Arch, built in 1895 to commemorate the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration in New York

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Meeting Place: Christopher Park – 7th Ave South and Christopher St.

Closest Trains: #1 to Christopher St – Sheridan Sq, A, B, C, D, E, F, M to W 4th St, #2, 3 to 14th St.

The often-photographed "Gay St." coincidentally a few blocks from the site of the origin of the Gay Rights Movement

The often-photographed “Gay St.,” coincidentally located a few blocks from the site of the first gay-rights movement.