This post is a guide to things to see and do in Greenwich Village, including where to hear live music, where to dine, shop and more. This is one neighborhood you simply must explore, either on your own or with us on one of our pay-what-you-wish guidedwalking tours. We’ve also created a self-guided tour included in this post below. You can use it on your smart device or download and print it as a PDF. We also a have a GPS audio tour for download as well!
This post is a visitor’s guide to the Chrysler Building. We cover its history, how to get to it, and what there is to see. While it’s technically not possible to go up the Chrysler Building, as a tourist anyway, we have a secret tip on how to get a view of New York City from its top.
In this post, we provide several methods for luggage storage in NYC, including one that will pick up your luggage at your hotel and deliver it to the airport or train station and cover topics like insurance. Storage lockers in train stations and airports are things of the past. While there is no Grand Central luggage storage or lockers, several entities below have locations near Grand Central Terminal. The same goes for Penn Station luggage storage.
This post is about how to visit the Christmas lights displays in Dyker Heights Brooklyn, whether on your own or on an organized tour and has been updated for 2018. When people think about holiday decorations in New York City, they usually think of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and the lavish store window displays of Midtown Manhattan. But some of the best sights to be seen are actually in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Starting in the 1980’s, Christmas started getting bigger and brighter out in Brooklyn with each passing year. In 2017, expect to see massive, professionally-done light displays (some costing upwards of $20,000!). (en espanol)
On this tour we not only learn about some of the most significant acts of heroism and the people who sacrificed their lives to save others, but we also discover the history of the World Trade Center (WTC), starting with the strategies in the 1950s that were put in place to build it, how it was designed, constructed, how it came down, and the new buildings that are redefining the center today. We start at St. Paul’s Church where volunteers from around the world rested, ate and slept as they excavated the site. Learn about the history of not only of the church but the entire development of lower Manhattan from the 1600’s to the present. We stop at the 9/11 Preview Center to see a scale model of the new WTC. We go through the just opened underpass from the Word Trade Center to the World Financial Center (WFC). Once inside the WFC we visit a striking memorial created by American Express, dedicated to their employees who lost their lives on 9/11. We also stop at the Winter Garden, then head out to the Hudson River marina and make our way to the 9/11 Memorial where we learn more about its development, design, the museum, points of interest, and all it represents today.
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all our on our New York Holiday Lights Tour, a 2-hour festive pay-what-you-like walking tour that you won’t forget. If you prefer to stay warm, there’s also On Location Tours Holiday Lights & Movie Sites bus tour. Get more information on the bus tour version here.
This post is an overview and review of guided tours of Rockefeller Center. We also included a self-guided tour that you could use to go on your own. We also provide links to other Rockefeller Center content, such as Radio City Music Hall, Top of the Rock, and the NBC Studios Tour.
Our New York Ghost tours capture the spiritual side of the Big Apple through stories of lost opportunities, political intrigue, disease and murder. With almost every step one takes through the West Village or on the Brooklyn Bridge, one encounters the ghosts and spirits of New York City’s past. Every corner has it’s stories, every building has its haunted spirits. We offer two main ghost tours, one in Greenwich Village and the other on the Brooklyn Bridge. Scroll done for information on both tours.
Join Free Tours by Foot as we visit historic haunts, communicate with the dead, and walk the streets with the tortured spirits of the past. This tour is not for the faint of heart, taking those who seek a good thrill through the haunted streets of Greenwich Village and Chelsea. Stand above the hidden tomb of 20,000 yellow fever victims, catch a glimpse of a turn of the century revolution set on endless loop, hear tales of modern tragedy and murder, and trace the steps of our famous forefathers who tend to linger past their expiration date.
Highlights of this tour include stops and tales surrounding the following:
Washington Square Park
Legend of Sid and Nancy
Mark Twain’s “House of Horror”
Residence of Mayor Jimmy Walker
The White Horse Tavern
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
Aaron Burr’s Haunted Carriage House
And much more!
Who knows, maybe your own encounter with the other side on this tour will become one of our stories…
The ghosts of Greenwich Village are too numerous and interesting to meet in just one evening! Due to popular demand, we are offering a new tour, “Ghosts of the East Village,” as a companion tour to one of our biggest crowd-pleasers Ghosts of the West Village.
Our tour begins talking about the Arch at Washington Square Park, the most haunted place in New York City, and wraps at St. Mark’s in the Bowery at Second Avenue and 10th Street.
Haunted sites we visit include:
West 3rd St. firehouse, haunted by the firefighter who committed suicide in the 1930s and now home to a famous newscaster.
Poe House, New York University’s “re-interpretation” of the house where Poe lived in 1844.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory at the corner of Green Street and Washington Place. Now known as the Brown Building and part of the NYU campus, this historic building was the site of the infamous 1911 fire that killed 145 workers, most of them young immigrant women whose spirits still haunt the building.
Merchant House Museum, a living museum haunted by the spirits of Gertrude Tredwell and her very dysfunctional family. Gertrude may have been the inspiration for Catherine Sloper in Henry James’ “The Heiress.”
McSorley’s Old Alehouse, which claims to be the oldest operating bar in NYC (circa 1854). Mc Sorley’s patrons have included Abraham Lincoln, John Lennon, Teddy Roosevelt and Boss Tweed. One of its favorite customers — magician Harry Houdini, who died on Halloween 1926 — still haunts the bar accompanied by the famous McSorley cats, who were depicted in John Sloan’s paintings.
St. Mark’s in the Bowery, haunted by the spirit of Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch lieutenant governor of New Amsterdam, who has roamed his farmland property since his death in 1672.
An icon of New York City and one of the world’s most famous man-made structures, the bridge is must-see attraction on most visitors’ Big Apple itineraries. A walk along its pedestrian promenade, with its wonderful views of Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn—not to mention the bridge’s Gothic arched towers—is priceless. It truly lives up to its nickname as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Yet behind all its physical beauty and charm lie darker truths. The bridge has been bad luck for some and a curse for others. Mysterious illness to a stampede to faulty construction and outright murder have claimed the lives of dozens, including the bridge’s designers.
Your tour starts at City Hall Park, once the location of one of the Revolutionary War’s most dangerous prisons, a macabre scandal involving stolen cadavers, and the final resting place for thousands of nameless souls—it’s rumored some still linger under the surface.
In the shadow of the Tweed Courthouse, you’ll meet the ghost of one of New York City’s most infamous criminals before heading over the Brooklyn Bridge to DUMBO, a neighborhood once known as a body dumping ground for the mafia.
Duck into darkened archways of the Manhattan Bridge, where a little girl lost her life—and whose cool touch still sometimes sends chills up the spines of those who dare whisper her name. End your journey at Brooklyn Bridge Park, the site of a fatal accident involving the bridge’s head architect and engineer. He’s still seen wandering the foggy piers, hoping to spot a glimpse of the bridge he gave his life to.
Who knows, maybe your own encounter with the other side on this tour will become one of our stories…
Reservations: This tour currently runs as a PRIVATE TOUR only.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1.5 miles (2k)
For some performers, the show must go on… even after death! The Ghosts on Broadway Tour, led by a veteran New York City talent agent, will introduce you to these notorious theater legends who appear after the lights go dim. You’ll hear about the Broadway impresario who haunts the theater that bears his name. His apparition shows up on opening nights to congratulate the cast or “pinch” the leading ladies’ bottom! Jazz age parties are heard almost nightly from his long abandoned apartment over his theater. There’s also the beautiful,flirtatious chorus girl who died tragically young (was it murder or suicide?). She appears only in the early morning — and only to men.
Most Broadway tours focus on current shows and performers. Our tour looks at some of the “longest-running” performances on the Great White Way! Come join us!
Among the stories and sites included on this tour:
The Palace, a 1913 vaudeville theater that is rumored to be haunted by over 100 ghosts, including Judy Garland.
The New Amsterdam Theater, once home to the “Ziegfield Follies,” where the cast & crew routinely say good-night to the ghost of the bewitching chorus girl.
The Belasco Theater, in which references to the theater’s famous ghost are ad-libbed in it’s current production.
The Lyceum, the 1903 oldest-operating theater where an acclaimed choreographer & Tony Award winning director recently made his presence known to folks in the theater’s latest production.
Learn the curious superstitions by which theater folks live and die!
Arguably the world’s busiest and most crowded and valuable pieces of real estate, Midtown Manhattan is what most visitors envision when they think of New York City. Home to some of the city’s most iconic architecture, from Gothic to Post-Modern and from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco (lots of Art Deco) – it’s not difficult to understand why. Behind these massive facades lie fascinating stories just waiting to be unveiled.
This post reviews and compares the various sightseeing tour options in Greenwich Village available to you, including our name your own price tours. Most Greenwich Village tours are about 2 hours in length, so it won’t take up too much of your time. We have organized this post by theme and we have included a link to our High Line Tours, which technically starts in the Village. Alternatively, you can take as much time as you want to explore the Village at your own pace by taking our GPS audio tour, narrated by one of our tour guides or by enjoying a self-guided tour. No matter what your budget or time constraints, chances are that one of the following services will meet your needs.
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan’s most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. Its history, however, betrays its current wealthy status. The Village – with its quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses – was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape U.S. history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers’ rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of both New York and America’s societal transformations.
Greenwich Village Walking Tours
If you want to learn all about this fantastic neighborhood, a walking tour may be your best bet. Typically clocking in at 2 hours in length, these trips will give you an entirely new appreciation for the Village. Aside from our pay-what-you-wish options, ticket prices typically fall in the $30-$40 range, but some tours may be even more affordable depending on how much you want to spend. See some of the most historic homes and buildings while walking around one of the quintessential homes for social change in America.
Free Tours By Foot
Join Free Tours by Foot as we criss-cross this Manhattan neighborhood’s legendary streets and explore the architecture, history and culture that was and is Greenwich Village. This tour covers it all – authors, poets, folk singers, rock stars, a mobster, a revolutionary and a U.S. president. Needless to say, quite a few significant moments in American society first gained momentum in the Village, and it’s definitely a blast to discover where these transformative movements began. All of our tours are pay-what-you-wish, meaning that you get to decide how much your experience was worth. We also offer ghost and food tours in Greenwich Village as well as the High Line. Be sure to check out our list of over 35 guided tours in NYC.
Reviews for our Greenwich Village tour are very favorable. An overwhelming majority of our guests have seen fit to give this trek a 5 out of 5-stars rating on TripAdvisor. Several visitors were quite happy with our tour guides, thanking them for all of the information they provided. Some customers were so impressed that they decided to take some of our other tours as well! Couples and friends were the most likely audience to enjoy their journey through the Village.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1.5 miles (2 km)
When: @ 2pm Fridays. Greenwich Village is also covered on our Greenwich Village, High Line and Meatpacking District Tour as well as our All-in-One Downtown Tour. View our full tour calendar.
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget. For more tips on saving money, check out our Guide to New York City on a Budget.
This Greenwich Village tour focuses on a variety of different subjects from throughout the neighborhood’s history. Travel back to the days of Edgar Allen Poe and see the apartment building from the hit TV show Friends all in the same trip! Running for a total of 2 hours, this trek will give you the chance to discover what made this location the breeding ground for so many artistic and cultural movements. Tickets are very affordable and reviews are excellent, indicating that this service is definitely worth the price of admission.
Reviews for this service are excellent on both TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews). Several reviewers mentioned their tour guides by name, indicating that they were very helpful and informative. Guests were especially pleased to note that their guide typically answered any and every question they might have had. Some visitors actually appreciated the length of this trip, as it didn’t take them all day to explore the Village. This trek was especially popular among couples, families, and friends.
Top Dog Tours
This company offers yet another variety tour which focuses on a plethora of subjects related to the Village. Some of the highlights of this 2-hour trip include a visit to Washington Square Park, the Brown Building, Cafe Wha and the Stonewall Inn. Each location is significant to either the artistic or cultural movements that started in this incredible neighborhood. Tickets are competitively priced, making this an excellent alternative to other Greenwich Village tours.
$35 for Adults | $26 for Children | Infants tour for free with parents
At this point, you probably won’t be too surprised to find that Top Dog Tours is also very well rated by its customers. Reviewers on TripAdvisor have given this tour company an overall 5-star rating. Several guests were very pleased with their tour guides, noting that they provided quite an illuminating experience. Most visitors appreciated the variety of information they learned about while on this trek through the Village. Friends and couples were the most likely to leave a positive review.
As if the history of this neighborhood weren’t weird enough, there are actually quite a few reported supernatural hot spots in the area as well. Given all of the history of the Village, it shouldn’t be too shocking to discover that there are also several disturbing stories to learn about. Uncover the spooky legends surrounding this area with the help of a fun and informative ghost tour. Expect each trek to run for about 2 hours with an average price of $35-$40 per ticket.
Free Tours By Foot
In addition to our daytime tours of the Village, we also provide a few night tours which delve into the spooky history of this neighborhood. Our main Greenwich Village Ghost tour includes stops at Mark Twain’s House of Horrors, Aaron Burr’s Haunted Carriage House and The White Horse Tavern. Alternatively, you can also check out our Dark Side of High Line tour which features locations and subjects such as the Titanic, the Chelsea Hotel, and Death Avenue. Each of these trips is pay-what-you-wish, allowing you to name your own price.
When it comes to our ghost tours, most reviewers on TripAdvisor have left exceedingly positive comments. A majority of guests were very pleased with the amount of information they received from their tour guides, suggesting that they had an interesting story to tell for every stop on the journey. Some visitors appreciated the fact that their guide was a true believer, making the experience much more exciting and entertaining. These outings were quite popular with couples in particular.
Top Dog Tours
This tour company also offers a ghost tour through Greenwich Village, revealing several dark and disturbing tales which may or may not have ties to the supernatural. Visit what is often reported to be the most haunted house in Manhattan after seeing the hanging tree and learning about the origin of its name. There are several creepy stories that were born in the Village, and this is an excellent way to see another side of history that you won’t learn about on a typical tour through this neighborhood. Ticket costs are affordable and the duration of this trip is more than reasonable.
$35 for Adults | $26 for Children | Infants tour for free with parents
Reviews for this particular trip are quite excellent, with most guests giving it a 5-star rating on both TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews). Most visitors felt that this tour was very informative, providing excellent stories about the dark side of Greenwich Village. Some customers even felt that their excursion had forever changed the way they looked at this neighborhood. This trek was especially well rated by those who went with a friend.
If you’re looking for a more personalized trip around Greenwich Village, this will probably be your best bet. Believe it or not, we actually offer private tours of pretty much any location in New York City – including the Village. Rather than competing for the attention of your tour guide, you can rest assured that they will devote all of their attention to your group. Depending on how many guests you bring along, you might even find yourself paying less for this experience than you would for one of the options above!
Reviews for our private tours are very positive, with an overwhelming majority of customers giving us a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor. Visitors are typically very impressed with our tour guides, showing a lot of love for the personal attention they have received. One guest even took the time to compare our prices to competitors, noting that we offer much more affordable services. Despite the higher price tag that often comes with these specialized excursions, several reviewers felt that their experience was worth every penny. Families and friends were most likely to give this opportunity an excellent rating.
Ticket Price: $225 for up to 2 ½ hours | $350 for up to 6 hours