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Greenwich Village Free Walking Tours

Steeped in artistic, political and progressively social history, Greenwich Village remains a cultural melting pot. The ‘Village’ has been, and remains a bohemian capitol, an artisitc and literary center, hub of the modern LGBT movement and one of the birthplaces of the ‘Beat’ and 60’s counter culture movements.

Join our free walking tours each Saturday morning from June through September to see for yourself the places where so much history has been made, and where today's locals continue the Village vibe.

Walking from St Marks Place to Sixth Avenue the tours take in some of the Village’s most important landmarks, including –

  • Where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney opened the first Whitney Museum and had her studio.
  • See the residences of Andy Warhol, Lou Reed and Jackson Pollock.
  • Pass by the studios Jimi Hendrix built, and where Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, David Bowie recorded much of their work, and where many major musicians still record.
  • Visit the spot where Barbara Streisand used to perform for just $125 per week.
  • See where Jack Kerouac cavorted with the ‘Village Beat’.
  • Find the building that Abraham Lincoln declared ‘Right Makes Might’, gaining him the presidency.

Alongside historic landmarks the tours visit the Villages’ modern day institutions, observing where the places today's Villagers’ work, live and play, and where they maintain the sense of the unique, bizarre and beautiful Bohemia we call Greenwich Village.

Rain or shine tours meet at 11:30 AM outside St. Marks Church, Northwest Corner of 2nd Avenue & East 10th Street., and finish near the corner of W. 8th Street and Sixth Avenue. Be sure to stick around for lunch and try one of the neighborhood’s great restaurants. You might just meet a modern day living legend too.

Led by licensed guides each tours lasts about 90 minutes and feature unique and interesting information on the various social, architectural and/or historic aspects of the neighborhood.

RSVPs and registrations are not necessary, just show up and look for the guide holding a Village Alliance Walking Tour sign. We do ask, however, that groups limit their size to 6-8 people.

If you’re unable to join a Saturday tour visit the Village Alliance office at 8 East 8th Street to pick up a free, self-guided walking tour map (M-F, 10am -6pm) or check out our new self-guided Mobile Walking Tours.

Essential Information

Dates -  Every Saturday from June 1 to September 28.

Time -  Starting 11.30am and lasting approximately 90 minutes.

Meeting Location –  St. Marks Church, Northwest Corner of 2nd Avenue & East 10th Street.

The Weather - The tours take place rain or shine. Wellingtons or sun screen, it's your choice!

Cost – All tours are FREE

Tour Guides & Dates 

June     

1st - Jane Marx

8th - Reva Cooper

15th - Jane Marx

22nd - Jane Cowan

29th - Reva Cooper 

July       

6th - Jane Marx

13th - Jane Marx

27th - Jane Cowen

August 

3rd - Jane Marx

10th - Reva Cooper 

17th - Jane Marx

24th - Jane Marx

31st - Jane Cowen

September        

7th - Jane Marx

14th - Reva Cooper

21st - Jane Marx

28th - Jane Cowan 

Greenwich Village Free Walking Tours

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