Greenwich Village is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the word. It has a long history of being how to what we could call the “off-beat generations” Today it is a neighborhood of old brownstone houses, where the atmosphere is lively both day and night
Greenwich Village encompasses the area between Houston Street and 14th Avenue, river to river, There is a great deal to do from spending a day in Washington Sq. Park to browsing the art galleries and boutiques. And don’t forget the top notch restaurants and night spots.
Washington Sq. Park is a Greenwich Village experience onto itself. It is more than 9 acres and is right at the beginning of 5th Avenue.. AS you enter through its famous arch, be prepared to see a little bit of everything from street performers the likes of comics ( stop and listen. Some day you might be able to say you saw someone before he became famous) jugglers and fortune tellers, to just plain folks roller-blading and just sitting around doing nothing. Go down one of the old cobblestone streets off the park and you can browse through all kinds of shops.
Night life in Greenwich Village proves that New York is the City that never sleeps. You can spend a quiet evening in a coffee house, to go to one of the jazz clubs and really live it up.
Some places to make sure you see in Greenwich Village are
The Gray Gallery of Art At New York University
100 Washington Square East, NYC 10003
They suggest you make a $3.00 donation Well worth it to see the exhibits. They have many special events as well as a superb permanent collection.
La Maison Française ( The French House)
16 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003
If you are interested in French Culture, this is a must stop. They have great art exhibits all year long, as well as evening lecture series.
Pen and Brush, Inc.,
16 East 10th Street,
New York, NY 10003.
Pen and Brush is a not for profit organization dedicated to women in the arts.
If you happen to be here at Halloween, you can catch the biggest, wildest and craziest Halloween Parade in the Country. Talk about a once in a lifetime event.
So Ho is between Canal Street on the South and Houston Street to the North, just west of Little Italy. Most of the buildings in So Ho date from the 19th century and were once used for manufacturing. Today they have been turned into living spaces called “lofts.” Because of the high ceilings, and big windows, these So Ho lofts are prized by artists.
Speaking of art, be sure to visit the Franklin 54 gallery at 181 Christopher Street, So Ho, to see a great collection of contemporary art by established artists and newcomers.
The New York City Fire Museum at 278 Spring Street is a must So Ho stop. It houses the largest collection of fire fighting antiques including old horse drawn vehicles.
How about visiting MoCCA? (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401 (4th Floor)
Admission is $3 and children under 12 are free. Can’t beat that for a good price. The current exhibit is about women called “She Draws Comics.”
TriBeCa is just south of Canal Street between China Town and the West Side Highway. It is very small, but has some of the best restaurants in the city including City Hall Restaurant and the Tribeca Grill.
Greenwich Village, SO HO and TriBeCa are some of the most historic sections of the city. If these old buildings could talk, they would be able to tell stories from the earliest days of New York History, to the hippie movement of the 60’s right up to today’s modern art community, IF you are planing a New York vacation, make sure to mark out a day to come and explore Greenwich Village, So Ho and TriBeCa.