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Greenwich Village Map and Self-Guided Tour

Updated: April 19, 2024

As a graduate of New York University, I spent my college years frolicking in Greenwich Village. I loved it then and I still love it now.

The neighborhood has always had an 'anything goes' vibe about it. You can be whoever you want to be -- especially in the freewheelin' Washington Square Park.

As a broke student, I loved the cheap food, the used clothing stores, and the free music one could hear on the sidewalks and in the park.

As an adult, I came to appreciate its centuries-old history and its peaceful charming streets. And the food is still amazing!

Many of our local tour guides hang out here during their free time. Their enthusiasm about the Village is apparent when they lead guests on our pay-what-you-wish Greenwich Village guided walking tour.

Writing this self-guided tour for you to use was easy. There is no shortage of places we love, including the many historic buildings, famous cultural sites, and absolutely lovely streets.

This self-guided tour by no means covers everything there is to do in the Village. But it's a start!

For a more in-depth exploration of the area, we recommend taking either GPS audio tour.


Greenwich Village is located within the greater Lower Manhattan District. It is easily reached by public transportation.

Map of Greenwich Village

You can use this Google Maps link for directions, but how you get here depends on where you are going, as there are several subway stations throughout Greenwich Village.

By subway

Multiple subway lines take you to different parts of Greenwich Village. 

  • A,B,C,D,E, and F trains to West 4th Street Station
  • 6 train to Bleecker Street Station or Astor Place Station
  • N or R trains to 8th Street - NYU Station

We have 2 posts on the NYC subway that are very handy:

By bus

M3, M8, M20, M55

TIP: Most hop-on-hop-off buses will have a stop near Washington Square Park. To see if a bus tour is right for you, read our post, Which New York Bus Tour is Best?

Let Us Take You Here

We run our Greenwich Village Tour several times a week. We also offer a Greenwich Village Food Tour

See our full schedule to see when they run. Also, both tours can be taken anytime you wish as a GPS-led audio tour.

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This tour begins at Waverly Place and continues throughout the Village ending near Washington Square Park.

The duration is between 90-120 minutes to complete. The distance covered is approximately 1.5 miles (2.2 km). 

Should you have more time to wander - we've included some optional stops.

Check out our GPS-led audio tour for a professional tour guide's take on the neighborhood.

Click the map to enlarge.

1. The Stonewall Inn   

53 Christopher St.

In the 1960s, at a time when it was still dangerous to be openly gay, the Stonewall Inn was one of the very few bars that were ‘safe’ for gay patrons.

On June 28, 1969, tensions between the police and the gay community resulted in a riot that went on for three nights.

This was a breakthrough moment in the Gay Civil Rights Movement and one year later, on June 28, 1970, the first Gay Pride Parade in New York was held.

Learn more in our post on The Stonewall Inn Riots.

2. Marie’s Crisis Cafe

59 Grove St. bet. 7th Ave. and Bleecker St.

For a fun evening out, check out Marie’s Crisis Cafe, named for The Crisis Papers written by American Founding Father Thomas Paine who died at that location in 1809.

Across the Street is Arthur’s Tavern, where you can see rhythm & blues, Dixieland jazz & more inside a circa-1937 tavern.

For other music venues in the Village, see our post on nightlife in Greenwich Village.

3. Grove Court 

The gated entry between #10 and #12 Grove Street bet. Bedford and Hudson Sts.

Peek in the gates at this narrow entryway to one of the Village’s best-kept secrets.

The brick row houses at the back of the courtyard were originally built in 1854 to house workers at a nearby factory.

They weren’t so pretty back then. Now, houses in this quiet enclave cost over $2 million.

4. The Friends Apartment 

90 Bedford St at the corner of Grove St.

You won’t find Central Perk on the ground level of this six-story apartment building.

Here, you’ll find The Little Owl restaurant instead. Read our full post on the Friends apartment building.

It’s impossible to believe that an oft-unemployed actor, a barista, a masseuse, and a graduate student all lived in this impossibly expensive part of town, but that’s Hollywood for you.  

Find out some interesting nuggets of information on our free Greenwich Village Walking Tour.

5. Chumley’s  

86 Bedford St. (58 Barrow St.)

This now-closed restaurant and bar has never had a sign at its address on Bedford Street indicating the entrance.

Instead, you'd have to go around the corner to Barrow Street and look for the arched gated entryway that leads into a courtyard.

Why the mystery? Well, while drinking here was perfectly legal in modern times, back in the 1920s, it was an illegal speakeasy.

Who wants to advertise that?!

Back in the day, a slew of famous authors drank here, like William Faulkner, Eugene O’Neill, and John Steinbeck to name a few.

Chumley's is allegedly the birthplace of the professional kitchen term “86” (which means to cancel an order).

Find out the whacky story behind this on our tour.

6. Edna St. Vincent Millay House 

75 1/2 Bedford St.

This sliver of a building is just 10 feet (9m) wide. It was built on what used to be a carriageway of the home next door.

Many notable people have lived there over the years including Pulitzer Prize winner Edna St. Vincent Millay. (See the plaque on the house).

If you aren’t already shocked that people would live in such a small home, you will be surprised when you learn how much it cost: its most recent owner in July 2023 paid $3.4 million.

7. Former site of C.I.A. covert LSD experiments  

81 Bedford St.

In the Cold War era, the CIA attempted to create a “truth serum” to use on captured spies. C.I.A. scientists began experimenting in CIA labs with the hallucinogenic LSD.

As the program, called MK-Ultra, grew and so an apartment at this building was leased and used to observe experiment participants under the influence of LSD.

This program and any similar programs were stopped in 1966. A Netflix docu-drama series Wormwood chronicles the MK-ULTRA experiments.

8. Cherry Lane Theatre  

38 Commerce St.

This 180-seat Off-Broadway theater was started in 1924 by Edna St. Vincent Millay and gained its fame for putting on ‘ahead-of-its-time’ plays.

It is the city’s oldest continuously running off-Broadway theater.  Not sure what off-Broadway is?

See our post explaining the difference between Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

9. The Cosby Show House

10 Leroy St./10 St. Luke’s Place

Cosby house

This house was used for the exterior shots of the Huxtables’ brownstone which was, on the show, located at 10 Stigwood Place in Brooklyn Heights.

No such street exists in Brooklyn Heights!

So you won’t see it on our Brooklyn Heights Tour but you will see many other homes of famous real people!

10. Rocco’s Pastry Shop

243 Bleecker St.

Several generations of Italian families have created delightful pastries and are well known for their cannoli, tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy ricotta cheese filling.

Rocco's is a site on our pay-what-you-wish Food Tour of Greenwich Village.

11. Our Lady of Pompeii  Lady of Pompei Church

25 Carmine St. corner of Bleecker St.

Offering mass in both Italian and English, this beautifully appointed church was built in the early 1900s to serve the large Italian immigrant community that lived in the southern part of Greenwich Village.

The other area in NYC where Italian immigrants settled is, of course, the famous Little Italy.

12. Cafe Wha?

115 Macdougal St. bet. Bleecker & West 3rd Sts.

Having fueled the careers of many individuals in the Beat, Folk, and Rock ‘n‘ Roll generations, Café Wha? is a “must-see” for anyone interested in the Greenwich Village scene of the 1950s, and ’60s.

Read more about Cafe Wha? here. 

For Bob Dylan fans, you can take our Bob Dylan’s Greenwich Village Walking Tour.

13. New York University CampusNYU

Most of the buildings surrounding Washington Square Park belong to the university.

In 1831, NYU was founded as the first public university in New York City.

It is now a private university with one of the highest tuitions of any university in the country at $41,000 per year!

The School of Law building on the corner of MacDougal Street and Washington Square South is especially lovely. Look for the NYU purple flags everywhere.

14. Washington Square Park and Washington Square Arch 

Between 10,000 and 20,000 bodies were unearthed to create this park, which became one of the City’s archetypical monuments, and the site of many TV and movie scenes over the years.

From the character who designed the arch, Stanford White, to the characters who frequent the park, like the Pigeon Man, Washington Square Park is not to be missed.

This park is the ultimate place to people-watch. For more details on the Park and what to see there, check out our post, Washington Square Park.

15. The site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (Brown Building)Triangle Factory Fire plaque

23-29 Washington Pl. bet. Washington Square East & Greene St.

In 1911, in the sweatshop factory on the top floors of this building, a fire broke out.

It rapidly spread and within the hour 146 low-paid workers, mostly young immigrant women, were dead.

Some leaped to their deaths from the windows to escape the blaze.

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire was a turning point in workers’ rights. Laws were enacted and unions were formed to protect workers’ safety.

16. Washington Mews 

Washington Mews

Small lane just north of Washington Square North, between 5th Ave. and University Place.

These quaint row houses on a cobblestoned lane were built as horse stables in the rear of the exclusive row houses that face Washington Square North.

They are now used by New York University. The Mews are public so walk through and enjoy the historic charm.

17. Electric Lady Studios 

electric lady studio

52 W. 8th St. bet. 5th & 6th Aves. 

This world-class recording studio was commissioned by Jimi Hendrix and his desire to have a studio with both a mellow atmosphere and state-of-the-art equipment.

Tragically, Hendrix spent only two and a half months recording at the Electric Lady Studios in the summer of 1970.

On September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix died from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills.

Among the musicians who have recorded here are the Rolling Stones, The Clash, and David Bowie, whose final album before his death, Black Star, was made here.


If you have time to spare and would like to wander the Village, we recommend these sites, marked in purple on the map.

1. Mark Twain House  

Mark Twain House

14 West 10th St bet. 5th and 6th Aves.

This circa-1850s brownstone house is one of the spookiest houses in New York City.

It may look pretty on the outside but legend has it that some of the spirits of the 22 deaths that have occurred here have not left the premises.

The most famous resident was author Mark Twain, who lived there for a year in 1900 (see the plaque on the building).

Even though he died in Connecticut, one resident reported seeing a specter resembling Twain.

Find out where more New York ghosts live on one of our pay-what-you-like Ghost Tours.

2. Jefferson Market Library 

Jefferson Market Library

Corner of 6th Ave. and West 10th St.

The garden was once the site of a bustling outdoor market and the Victorian Gothic style building was constructed in 1877 as a courthouse.

By 1927, the court heard only women’s cases.

The women prisoners were held in the basement, and for one night, it housed actress Mae West when her stage act became too bawdy and she was arrested.

By 1945 the building was out of use, but it was brought back to life in 1967 and reopened as a New York Public Library branch.

3. Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment

64 Perry St.

This is where Carrie lived in the TV series Sex and the City.

Well, fans of SATC know that Carrie lived on the Upper West Side! So what exactly is going on here?

Read more in our post Where Did Carrie Bradshaw Live? 

Also, be sure to grab a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery while you are nearby.

4. White Horse Tavern

White Horse Tavern

567 Hudson St.

You won’t want to drink 18 straight whiskeys as poet Dylan Thomas did, but stop in for an afternoon repast and visit the tavern’s historical past dating back to the 1880s. 

If you like the White Horse Tavern, then you will definitely enjoy the bars on our self-guided Historic New York City Bar Tour


About The Author

Courtney Shapiro

Courtney is a lifelong New Yorker in love with the city’s history, culture and food. She's a world travel as well and enjoys sharing her travel expertise with others. She joined Free Tours by Foot in 2011, first as a guide and then as a writer. She still leads tours on a part-time basis. READ MORE...
Updated: April 19th, 2024
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