Greenwich Village Tour: Arts, Activism and Social Justice

Discover the village's vibrant bohemian history with an urban historian
From US$326 privately
Book a Tour
Tour Details
3 hours
Product Type
  • Washington Square Park
  • Bleecker Street
  • Church of St. Luke's
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Factory
Photos & Highlights
  • Keep up with the times as you explore one of NYC's cultural neighborhood
  • Led by an urban historian
Tour Description
With its meandering streets, vibrant history, and a strong sense of community, Greenwich Village remains distinct within New York City. During this Greenwich Village walking tour, we explore the history of this enigmatic neighborhood, from its Native American roots, through the Dutch tobacco farms and the English estates of "Green Wich," to the emergence of the Bohemian Village of the '60s.

Itinerary Detail

Our time together begins at the Jefferson Market Library, formerly a district courthouse, where women of the Garment industry often held protests–seeking to gain increased wages, reduced working hours, and union representation. From here, we venture to Stonewall Inn, where many of the nation's first gay rights activists gathered, marched, grieved, and fought for equal treatment under the law. 

Our journey continues as we reach Cherry Lane Theatre, which has been the oldest continuously running off-Broadway theater since 1923. From here we venture further into the neighborhood to experience Minetta Lane, which has borne witness to the daily lives of authors such as Walt Whiteman and singer-songwriters such as Bob Dylan. During this tour, we’ll also venture through the campus of the famed New York University – learning about many of the scholars and workers who have grown from these classrooms to become change-makers in our global community. 

The highlight of this tour will be Washington Square Park. Here we pause to learn about the Native American village which once occupied this circle. We’ll learn about the Park’s storied history as the site of countless important protests and social movements throughout the nation’s history. Our tour concludes as we move towards the Washington Mews–a former row of stables transformed into the studios of famous artists.


Where do we meet? Where does the walk end?
Generally speaking, the walk begins near Jefferson Market Library. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map.

What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.

Is this tour good for kids?
Yes! We have some excellent family-friendly guides who can appeal to the learning styles of children. Please book privately if you have children under 13. Feel free to provide us with information about your children such as favorite school subjects, and hobbies. This way we can match you with the best possible guide.

Is this a walking intensive tour?
This walk covers a small radius in the West Village, and some streets and sidewalks can be uneven. There are occasional opportunities to sit, use the bathroom, and get something to drink if needed. Please contact us with any questions; we will be happy to advise if this tour will be appropriate for you.
Where You'll Start
42 Reviews (4.77)

Reviews can only be left by Context customers after they have completed a tour. For more information about our reviews, please see our FAQ.

The Greenwich Village tour exceeded our expectations. Michelle was personable and knowledgeable. The route of the tour was well/planned. We had been in Greenwich Village many times before but now, thanks to Michelle, we have a far deeper understanding of the history and architecture of The Village and knowledge of the significant characters who have shaped it and lived there than we ever had before. It was a very satisfying experience.
We enjoyed wandering the Village with Brad and seeing the places where history, especially music history, took place. Brad had great stories, including those about his own experiences in the Village.
Michele was friendly and inclusive. She quickly understood our personalities, and designed the tour appropriately. her knowledge was impressive, making the tour both informative and enjoyable.