Learn about the early landmarks of Greenwich Village.
Long before skyscrapers ruled the city skylines, the Village was a bustling and bucolic area. In its early life the Village was a replica of Greek, Roman, and Medieval times. The mansions, stores, and churches built provided a sense of style and class attracting the aristocrats, who were among the first to call the neighborhood home.
Begin your journey on Peter Stuyvesant’sformer estate. As you head west you’ll stroll down quiet tree-lined streets that housed the city’s early elite. Stop by Astor Place and Cooper Square to marvel at the former residences of the Astors’ and Vanderbilts’ before heading to Washignton Square for a peek at the park’s iconic arch. You can enjoy some of the Village’s classic shops before ending your day at one of James Renwick’s early masterpieces: Grace Church.