Greenwich Village Neighborhood Guide

Greenwich village is bounded by 14th Street to the North, Broadway to the East, Houston Street to the South, and the Hudson River to the West. Streets in the Village are named rather than numbered as they are in much of NYC. Washington Square Park is at its center.

Once the epicenter of the 1960’s counterculture, the tree-lined streets of Greenwich Village are now a hub of cafes, restaurants, bars, jazz clubs and boutiques, all with the famous NY edge. Quaint brownstones and carriage houses line the small streets. NYU is in the Village and appropriately, businesses cater to that demographic. The famous Magnolia Bakery is there on Bleecker Street, and much of the neighborhood has a European feel.

Greenwich Village Highlights

  • Washington Square Arch – Replica of Arch in Paris, at Washington Square Park. Iconic location with lots of events going on.
  • MacDougal Street – Historic street loaded with restaurants and bars
  • IFC Center – Screens independent movies. Go here!
  • Comedy Cellar New York – Located at Olive Tree Café and Bar, this famous spot attracts celebrities like Amy Schumer, Jon Stewart and Dave Chapelle to WATCH!
  • Rubin Museum of Art – Explore the art, cultures and ideas of Himalyan regions.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace – Entry is free; visit to the period rooms is guided-tour only.
  • Children’s Museum of the Arts – Get artsy with the kids at the hands-on museum that really gives young ones a great time creating and exploring.
  • Grey Art Gallery – New York University’s Fine art museum.
  • The “Friends” Apartment – The exterior of the sitcom’s apartment was shot at the corner of Bedford and Grove. You’ll know it by the people taking pictures.
  • White Horse Tavern – Famous because it was the go-to bar for writers and poets such as Dylan Thomas and friends.
  • Café Wha? – Energetic house bands entertain at the former hangout of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Peter, Paul & Marry, Woody Allen, to name a few.