The picture below is an "image map" with clickable links. Mouse-over text for a label.
Photos of Greenwich Village Downtown NYC
|The purpose of this page of photos from around Greenwich Village in NYC is to show people who haven't been to New York City what it looks like. There are definitely photos of the "West Village" on this page, or maybe some other neighborhood you like to call yourself, but I have no interest in making that distinction.|
|This is the first page of a walking tour of the lower neighborhoods in downtown NYC. You can definitely walk it in a day, maybe in a half a day if you don't stop for anything. For the extended tour, take the "1" train (red line) to Christopher Street / Sheridan Square. For a shorter walk, take the blue or orange (not gold) lines to West 4th Street station (multiple choices). NOTE: If you have come from Midtown Manhattan or uptown, you are used to streets running in a north-south and east-west grid. You CANNOT use that rule to navigate this neighborhood.|
|So is Greenwich Village a tourist destination? That depends on your tastes. I'd rather spend time here than at South Street Seaport, but there most likely won't be as many photo opportunities, either. I suggest walking around in circles. You will find unique, independent shops and lots of good restaurants serving just about anything you can imagine. There is a lot of older NYC architecture that is more beautiful than most buildings being built currently. You can also find some live music and there are a few well known jazz clubs in the area.|
|After you are done walking around for a while, I suggest finding either West 4th Street or Bleeker Street and follow them southwest. You can also ask someone how to get to Washington Square Park. I suggest you tour around that park area if you visit Greenwich Village. It is in the center photo below (undergoing revovations).|
|So the next stop on the walking tour, Soho, is definitely optional. It used to be (is?) "famous" for art galleries and artistic things, but I find it to be almost completely gentrified and uninteresting. To stop by, walk south from Washington Square Park until you cross over Houston Street. Otherwise, walk east on Waverly Place (jog left to Astor Place), Bleeker Street, West-East 3rd Street, or West-East 4th Street for a few blocks to get to the East Village.|