Grab your coat, a handful of glitter and enter New York City’s labyrinthine village of fabulousness.
Bohemian, trendy, chic, arty and vibrant – just some of the words used to describe one of New York’s most hip neighbourhoods. A far cry from the concrete skyscrapers lining the avenues of Midtown, there lies a little village home to designer boutiques, buzzing coffee shops, a string of fine restaurants and one of the country’s best universities. The artisan bohemian vibe that streams through the cobbled tree-lined streets is a tad intimidating, but nonetheless is incredibly infectious. A celeb haven- fashion designer Marc Jacobs, actress Julia Roberts and editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour all once called the village home. Restaurants from Chez Sardine to popular neighbourhood fixtures like Pearl Oyster Bar and The Spotted Pig make for some incredible dining opportunities when in need of a break after exploring. With so much to explore in this tiny metropolis, here are 5 of the must things to discover in Greenwich Village.
Strand Book Store
New York’s beloved book store is a must for book fiends of all generations. Since 1927 the Strand has been selling new, used and rare titles spreading a mind-blowing 18 miles of books over three labyrinthine floors. You could easily spend a day here rummaging through the 2.5 million books on sale here. Open Monday through Saturday, it’s a must when in the village.
Perry Street, Bank Street & W11 Street
If it was good enough for Carrie Bradshaw then it’s certainly good enough for you. You’ll find plenty of iconic New York Brownstones here, including Carrie’s stoop – be warned it can get a little crowded here. Perfect for photographers and architectural connoisseurs, there are plenty of Kodak moments to be had here.
A pilgrimage for many in the LGBT community, Christopher Street was the site of the Stonewall Inn, the bar whose patrons fought back against a police raid, starting the 1969 Stonewall riot is widely seen as the birth of the LGBT liberation movement. Throughout the 70’s Christopher Street became the ‘Main Street’ of gay New York. While some gay bars remain open on Christopher Street, it has dramatically lost its founding character but is still worth a visit for its LGBT history. Don’t miss Christopher Park for a chance to see George Segal’s simple, but powerful Gay Liberation monument.
This is a pretty special place in the city, after all Henry James did write a novel about this enchanting square. Arguably one of the most beautiful public parks in New York, grab a coffee, sit on a bench and people watch to your heart’s content. Expect to find NYU students relaxing on the green, street performers, avant-garde artists, chess pros and not to mention the cutest dogs here.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Renzo Piano’s architecturally stunning building is now home to one of the city’s most celebrated art collections. Perched near the foot of the High Line (another must visit), immerse yourself in the best of American art including works by Hopper, Warhol, Pollock, Rothko and Johns. Modern, spacious and bright, this museum is one of the finest introductions to American art in the land.
Shopping, shopping and MORE shopping oh, and cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery for tourists. If fifth avenue gets a little overwhelming trade in the skyscrapers for this little boutique shopping paradise. Both Kors and Jacobs live here as well, among a string of other luxury independents.