A world in itself, New York City is home to some of the world's biggest landmarks. A dense metropolis, the Big Apple is an urban ecosystem that contains every type of neighborhood and vibe – from the posh to the gritty, from concrete jungles to green spaces.
Eclectic and cozy, the community-centric Greenwich Village is a mix of students, professionals, Bohemian vibes, and artist hubs – and it's a lasting icon for a reason. Find out why for yourself with this tried-and-tested guide:
When it comes to picking a home base to explore the Village from, the Walker Hotel Greenwich Village is a no-brainer. Classically tasteful decor and brick walls make this hotel unpretentiously hip, beautiful and comfortable. From the retro phones to the stunning cocktails at the new Society Cafe, you might just have to force yourself to leave the comfort of your hotel bed to see the city.
One thing that should always be on a New York bucket list is New York-style pizza, and there's maybe no better place to grab a slice than at Bleecker Street Pizza. Thin-crusted and perfectly greased, the Food Network-endorsed eatery might not look like much – but this is definitely a case where you should not judge a book by its cover.
Shop the Market
The Market NYC is the closest thing to a bazaar you'll find here. It's like a giant Etsy marketplace IRL, hosting booth after booth of handmade, designer and vintage goods.
Washington Square Park is often listed as one of the best green spaces in the city, regularly hosting performances and events by artists, activities, and all types of everyday folk. If there are no impromptu theatre performances going on, you can drop by the Village Chess Shop and sit down at one of the many tables for a sunny, plein air game of chess.
Murray Greenberg founded Murray's Cheese in 1940 and has been stinking up the neighborhood (in a good way) ever since. From cheese plates to burgers, their artisan curds adorn every offering with deliciousness. For those looking to get their hands dirty, their cheesemaking classes are a memorable souvenir.
Famous TV Sights
Located on the corner of Bedford Street and Grove Street is the apartment featured in the beloved TV series Friends. While most of the scenes were filmed on a studio set, the exterior of the apartment building is authentic. Not too far away at 14 N Moore St is the firehouse from the original Ghostbusters movie; fans of the silver screen are more than encouraged to self-conduct a walking tour.
While the Michelin-starred Gotham Bar & Grill is a go-to for anyone looking for the most upscale of the upscale, there is an equally stellar option available to those looking for hole-in-the-wall eateries. Saigon Shack offers all the typical Vietnamese staples such as pho and banh mi, but are also known for their sweet potato fries and Thai coffee. Talk about top-rated comfort food.
Chumley's caused quite a stir when it reopened in October 2016. The legendary speakeasy was a historic Prohibition-era pub, frequented by writers and activists of the Lost and Beat Generations. Today, it still retains its original trap doors and secret stairs and serves some gorgeously sophisticated cocktails, in addition to acclaimed and innovative fare from chef Victoria Blamey.
If you're looking to experience the real side of New York's jazz scene without all the touristy fluff, the Fat Cat NYC is a favorite for locals. But if you're willing to brave the crowds and go for the absolute cream of the crop, Smalls Jazz Club never fails to please with its intimate setting and top-notch roster. Get in line early and get ready to stay late into the night.
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