The Heart of the Village
The neighborhoods of Manhattan are as diverse as the people who call them home. It was the legendary British American journalist, Alistair Cooke who said - "New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world." This speaks true when you consider the landmark destinations of SoHo, NoHo, Tribeca, Chelsea, Meatpacking District or the LES - each with its own distinct personality, architecture and culture. Greenwich Village is one of those neighborhoods and rightfully takes its place as one of New York City's most historic districts.
At the turn of the 20th century, Greenwich Village was widely known as the bohemian enclave of New York acting as the East Coast birthplace of the Beat and '60's counterculture generation. It also serves as the cradle of the modern LGBT movement in America. With its acceptance of nonconformity and reputation for tolerance, Greenwich Village quickly attracted artists, writers, and creative thinkers that would later be responsible for the influx of galleries, playhouses and performance spaces catering to the avant-garde and tourists alike.
A true artists' haven, "The Village" served as the residence to many cultural icons such as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Eugene O'Neill and Bob Dylan.
Today, visitors looking for things to do in NYC can relive the history of Greenwich Village or take part in its evolution. Guests of Walker Hotel are steps away from present day NYC attractions such as Washington Square Park, the Stonewall National Monument, The Blue Note Jazz Club, the Cherry Lane Theater, Rubin Museum of Art and the Grey Art Gallery at NYU. Guests are in walking distance of notable areas such as Union Square, Gramercy, the famed Meatpacking District and the adjacent East & West Villages.
Finding things to do in NYC and the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood is as easy as visiting our Walker Hotel Event Calendar where the latest in music, fashion and art are waiting for you to discover.