Marc with friends on 9th Avenue c. 1950
Marc (right) and friends on 9th Ave. c. 1950

Greenwich Village Walking Tour

From Native Americans to the Hippies and Beyond

From Native Americans to the Hippies and Beyond — A Greenwich Village History tour led by a native Villager.

The walk takes approximately two hours and starts at 8th Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan, New York City, or at a prearranged location. You will be escorted through the Streets of Greenwich Village past early 19th Century Town Houses. The tour starts at the High Line and ends at Minetta Lane, near Washington Square Park.

Stories of past residents, local history, Native American history, and personal anecdotes enliven this tour. The tour covers four hundred years of the history, culture, and arts of Greenwich Village. From Native Americans, the scandals of the founding fathers of the republic, to the artists, writers and poets of Greenwich Village.

Washington Square Arch by Marc Felix
Washington Square Arch © Marc Felix

After the Washington arch was completed two statues of Washington were added. One of Washington as the soldier and the other as Washington the statesman. The latter was sculpted by Alexander Calder, the father of the artist of the same name who created the mobile. You will note in the picture a small door on the side of the arch. It is through this door that a group along with the visiting French artist Marcel Duchamp broke in during the 1917 Armory art show, went to the roof and declared “the republic of Greenwich Village”.

Check out the links at the top of the page for more information about Marc’s Village Walk.

Reserve a Tour Here

You may book a tour now and do it safely. It is easy to maintain social distancing because my tours are usually for only one or two people at a time. Spring is a lovley season for walking in the charming and historic Greenwich Village Streets.

I escort small groups of one or more people. Current times of tours are 7 days a week at 10 am. And on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 2 pm. If these times do not work for contact me to set up an alternative time.