Things To Do in Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village, or just The Village, is one of the coolest and most fun neighborhoods in NYC. Art galleries, boutique stores, lots of restaurants and bakeries, as well as a vibrant nightlife. It was known as the bohemian center of Manhattan, where artists lived and worked, the LGBTQ community center, and the place for new movements and ideas to be born. This rich and exciting history was preserved in the neighborhood so that current tourists can enjoy many interesting things to see and do around it. Some of them will be mentioned in the list below, with the focus of the women’s contribution to the heritage and shape of Greenwich Village.

Among the women who set the Village as their home were: the sculptress and art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the writer and activist Jane Jacobs, the playwright Lorraine Hansberry, the first female physician in the US, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Victoria Woodhull, the first woman who ran for US presidency.

The best way to enjoy the vibe of the Village is just to stroll the streets, stop for a treat at one of the bakeries, check out one of the boutiques, enjoy a cup of coffee, try one of the finest restaurants, and stay late for a music concert or a comedy show.

Follow this itinerary to discover great gems of the unique and charming area of The Village.

Things To Do

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St., New York, NY 10014.

A contemporary American art museum founded in 1930 by the sculptress and art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Showcasing exhibitions from the permanent museum collection as well as rotating exhibits of local and international artists.
A bonus – galleries on the higher floors offer a spectacular view of the city.

Open Sunday-Thursday 10:30 AM – 5 PM, Friday-Saturday 10:30 AM – 10 PM. It is open on Tuesdays only during July & August.
*Pay-What-You-Wish tickets on Fridays since 7 PM*
Click here for more information.

NYC AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent’s Triangle
76 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011.

The NYC AIDS Memorial is commemorating the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who died from AIDS, as well as the caregivers and activists who supported them and the search for a treatment and a cure.
The memorial sits on the former ground of St. Vincent hospital, which was the first to establish an AIDS ward in the city, treated many patients with AIDS. In addition, the heart of the gay community is within this area, and they were the first to establish organizations to support and advocate about AIDS.
The memorial was dedicated on World AIDS Day, December 1st, 2016.

Click here for more information.

Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment
66 Perry St, New York, NY 10014.

The exterior shots of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in the iconic series, Sex and the City, were taken here.
It is still a private residence and drawing many fans of the show, as well as tourists who stroll in the neighborhood and want to see a piece of where Carrie Bradshaw supposedly lived.

Not far from SATC location is another popular ’90s TV show set – the building of “Friends” at 90 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014. Here crowds of tourists can be seen taking pictures, paying respect to the beloved characters of the six friends, Joey, Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe, that at one point or another, each of them lived in the apartments of this building.

Shopping Break at Bleecker St.

Considered as one of the best destinations for shopping, Bleecker Street has local boutiques with unique clothes, shoes, and accessories, as well as some art galleries and great dining or take away options to the nearest park. It’s fun to walk around even just for window shopping.
Among the female designers you will find in the area around Bleecker Street, are Cynthia Rowley, Uma by Raquel Davidowicz, Lingua Franca by Rachelle Hruska, and many more.

One of the famous and known cupcakes bakeries in the city. It specializes in cupcakes, cakes, and other sweet treats. The bakery was featured on “Sex and the City,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” and other films.
This is the original location of the bakery chain, which was founded in 1996 by Jennifer Appel and Allysa Torey, both are no longer there, and Steve and Tyra Abrams now manage it.
Read all about the story of the cupcakes in this article.

Open daily 9:30 AM – 10:30 PM
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Stonewall National Monument and the Gay Liberation Monument at Christopher Park
38-64 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014.

A short detour from Bleecker St. will take you to this small park, located in front of the Stonewall Inn. Here the Stonewall Uprising started on June 28th, 1969, when the LGBTQ community demanded equal rights, it was a crucial milestone in the LGBTQ civil rights movement (in those days living as an LGBTQ person was illegal). Read about two leading figures in the “Stonewall Riots” – Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.
At the park is the sculpture by George Segal to honor the gay liberation movement.

Open – 9 AM to dusk.

Ruth E. Wittenberg Triangle
421 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014.

A traffic island was named in 1990 after the neighborhood activist Ruth E. Wittenberg, a historic preservationist who worked to preserve the Greenwich Village buildings. She was also a civil rights activist.
Read more about her here.

Jefferson Market Library and Jefferson Market Garden
425 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011.

This architectural gem that was built in 1877 is a public library with a nearby garden. It used to be a police court with a nearby jail and market. In 1927 the jail and the market were demolished, and the Women’s House of Detention was built in an 11-story building Art Deco style. During that time, the court heard women cases only.

The actress Mae West was a guest in the Women’s House of Detention after she got arrested due to her Broadway play, Sex, (which she wrote, produced, and directed) since city officials did not accept it.

During the sixties, the community fought for the preservation of the court and the area. This was led by Margot Gayle and Verna Small from the Greenwich Village association. In 1961, the court was converted to a public library and the detention center to a community garden.

The library is open 1-8 PM on weekdays and 1-5 PM on weekends.
The garden is open from 9 AM to Dust Tuesday-Sunday, during April-October.

Merchant’s House Museum
29 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003.

Photo credit – Wikipedia.

A historic house museum dated from 1832. The museum is showcasing the collection of the position of the wealthy merchant-class family who lived in this house between 1835-1933 with the servants. The collection includes many original items, from furniture and photographs to a dress collection from that period.
The house was converted into a museum in 1936, and in 1962 it was saved by the Decorators Club of New York City, the oldest professional women’s organization of interior designers in the country.

Open Thursday–Monday 12–5 PM and Thursday till 8 PM (January to September). Guided tours at 2 PM and 6:30 PM on Thursday.
Click here for more information.

A small beautiful gated street close by to Washington Square Park. It was built in 1883 as mews (row of stables) for the nearby townhouses. Since the mid 20th century, NYU is using it as offices and faculty housing.
Do not miss it on your way to Washington Square Park.

A public park in the heart of the Village. A gathering place, an activity center, and a great place just to sit and enjoy the human scenery. On the weekends, many acrobats, musicians, and people who protest for different reasons are attending the park. Enjoy sitting on the bench or take a sunbath on a sunny day on the grass.

At the park’s west corner, at 29 Washington Square W, was Eleanor Roosevelt’s Home 1942-1949, and a small plaque at the entrance is commemorating this.

Open daily 6 AM – 1 AM.


There is a rich nightlife scene in the Village. Choose from music venues as Cafe Wha?, the Bitter End, Blue Note Jazz Club, or LPR. Enjoy a comedy show at the Comedy Cellar, or the Greenwich Village Comedy Club. Catch a movie at the IFC Center or the Angelika Film Center.

Eat @ Women-Owned Restaurants

  • Kubeh
    Middle Eastern * $$ * Melanie Shurka, Chef & Owner. Specializing in the traditional Middle Eastern dish named ‘Kubeh’ as well as a wide selection of original delicious Middle Eastern dishes, including hummus, shakshuka, malawach, and baklava. Open daily.
    464 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011
    More info on the website
  • Cowgirl
    Southern food * $$ * Owner, Sherry Delamarter. Southern comfort food in a home-style restaurant and bar, operating since 1989. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, and brunch on the weekends. It is famous for its signature dessert, the ice cream baked potato (which only looks like a baked potato).
    519 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
    More info on the website

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