A day's stroll through the vibrant bohemian and university community of New York
This day could begin with breakfast - so just have coffee if you must have something before we begin. This will be a full day's stroll through Greenwich Village, starting more or less central and coursing around the neighborhood, examining architecture, changes, and listening to the history of this unique little section of New York. Although your guide knows the neighborhood, he may be as surprised as you with something you all will discover; learn to see and hear with fresh eyes and ears; this neighborhood is changing and growing now! Listen to people as the community wakes up over breakfast. Watch as the day begins, gets warmer, and browse with your new neighbors through items you never thought you'd ever see - and be happy to know that people are as happy to see you in their world as you are to be in theirs. This may only be a day, but it will seem world's away from yesterday when you're done. Come - walk me!
From your lodging, or where we agree to meet, we will take the subway, or other public transportation, down to the village - and have breakfast in a Village coffee shop! We'll discuss the affairs of the day, gossip with our neighbors, and then step out to the street - and walk through literature, art, crime, and twentieth century culture to encounter a still vibrant always controversial community of citizens and community activists alternately going about their business - and trying to keep the world under control. We may go east, or examine the core of the Village around Washington Square, exploring a small part of the largest private university in the country. We may discover Kleine Deutschland and the East Village. Or we may see where Elizabeth Taylor's "boyfriend" in Butterfield 8 lived. We will have lunch - somewhere! - and peruse the Far West Village as well.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We shall meet at your hotel, or wherever you are staying, and proceed from there by public transportation.
End location: We will end the tour where we began - unless you have other plans, or are inspired by something during our day and decide to pursue another course. Who knows?!
Duration: 4 hours
The time duration is very flexible - because there is much to see and understand about "The Village," and you might find want to ask many questions!
Subway, bus, and walking
This tour may include such expected sights as the Washington Square Arch and The Row, but while we will walk the lanes and pathways, other sights, and some no longer visible, unfortunately, may come into the picture you will see - at least in your mind's eye. Books have been written, movies made, and songs sung in and among these streets, yet as people live there still, while loves and lives are made and lived, dramatic tales can still be witnessed as we walk the streets of ye olde Greenwich Village.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 US dollars - $30 is at the relatively low end, per person, for the day, and this really only includes breakfast and lunch. I would advise, however, that you bring at least $50 per person in cash, for there may be many opportunities to buy items for which credit cards are not accepted - and especially at lunch.
All food and beverage is extra, as are souvenirs and other incidentals such as the cost of public transportation either to or from the starting point. (That may be necessary should we meet uptown and need to journey downtown to begin our walk.)
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Excellent personalized tour of Brooklyn; Bill created a curated selection of Brooklyn neighborhoods and special sites that interested me; I was impressed with his taste! I did not have a lot of time, but I saw plenty of spots that I will definitely return to, and now I know how best to get to them! There is nothing better than a "Tour by Local"!