You’ll start your New York Times city tour straight away with exclusive #localsknow access. After you meet your local guide, we’ll get a curator-led tour at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, as you check out the current show, complete with insider details about the photographers, musicians and settings.
From there, you’ll dive into the history of Greenwich Village. Your guide will share with you the story of how the neighborhood went from pastoral estates to bohemian enclave to one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in NYC. Walk past sites of historical significance, like old speakeasies and clubs, and learn where wealth became poverty and then became wealth again.
After working up an appetite, you’ll stop at a Brazilian bakery for special Brazilian delights, and on most days see fresh pasta hand-made and cut to order in a 100+ year old pasta shop. On other days you’ll visit a modern Lebanese bakery making a unique dish that is difficult to find elsewhere else in the city.
Walking along, you’ll then enter the world of NYU, where students live the bohemian lifestyle while paying a fortune to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Slip back into your college days and enjoy a bottle of beer and some board games with friends at Uncommons.
The Village is home to New York’s most famous venues for comedy, theater, and jazz. You’ll be treated to special VIP access to a venue like the Comedy Cellar and see the stage where great comedians like Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, and many more got their start. Stop by the Cellar’s restaurant, the Olive Tree, which functions like a workspace for off-duty comedians. Have a drink and keep your eyes peeled for comedians enjoying brunch or giving interviews.
Right around the halfway mark, you’ll stop for a Greenwich Village specialty: a cannoli. Pasticceria Rocco is another second-generation family business and makes cannoli to order — only this time you get to make it to your own order with a hands-on pastry experience.
After all that, you’ll no doubt have something to write home about, so take a trip to Greenwich Letterpress, a small, local, family-owned press that prints their own greeting cards, bespoke invitations and thank you cards, and sells a delightful selection of gift items. When they aren’t helping other customers, they’ll welcome us personally and show us around the shop. They work hard to source their selections from ethical suppliers and regularly rotate stock around ever-changing themes.
Finally, you’ll be ready for some home cooking. Settle in to the finest neighborhood bar at the Blind Tiger. And in this neighborhood, that means upmarket everything! Artisanal grilled cheese made with five cheeses, dipped in a homemade tomato soup and served with a beer (a craft beer, of course). With open windows in the summer and a fireplace in the winter, you might just decide to make this your own neighborhood bar!