In the battle of the boroughs, Manhattan always seems to be the favorite of tourists who love the plethora of vibrant city neighborhoods. One of the most famous areas that has evolved over time is Greenwich Village. Originally named by the Dutch as "Pine District" and later Anglicized to represent a borough of London, now it is simply known as "The Village." (Note: There is also an East Village.) The land was once rural farmlands to the Europeans became a landmark to bohemian culture for decades. It was an artsy-fartsy area that had a cutting edge scene and was once a seedy part of the city. Today, it is the prime place to live with high living costs and celebrities who love this historical district.
Must Do: The High Line
What was once just abandoned, old railroad tracks has now been recycled into a free park/tourist attraction. You've probably been told more times than ever to visit the High Line, but why exactly? The route begins in Greenwich Village at Gansevoort Street where there is a bustling nightline and bar scene. This 1 mile linear park takes you on a journey from a unique viewpoint through the Chelsea and into the Meatpacking District. There are no words to describe how unique and beautiful this creative space is and is probably worth a cheap ticket to New York City just to see how cool this really is.
Bar: Greenwich Treehouse
There’s something about being in The Village that makes you feel part of a larger community. Maybe it’s something about having too many drinks and enjoying your time down here which makes you a bit friendlier. Feel like this at Greenwich Treehouse, a simple little bar that is typically "The Village." Enjoy quirks like an Internet Juke Box, fun Game nights, and drinking powder hours. There are always drink specials that will make your happy hour extra happy and a rotation of tap beers. If you don’t drink, you can always sit at their window seat and enjoy the view of the silly party animals on a Saturday night.
Restaurant: John's Pizzeria
Since 1929, the Village has been blessed with John's Pizzeria. With 850 degree brick ovens, they use the finest ingredients to serve up the freshest and most savory pizza pies. (Note: They only serve pizza by the pie, not the slice) Having a pizza pie at John's is probably a "Village" experience you must have, because while you can always get dollar pizza on West 4th Street, you've got to sit down and have a proper pie.
Attraction: Washington Square Park
New York City is famous for many landmarks like the Empire State Building and Central Park, but one that is so famous and unforgettable is the view of the Arch at Washington Square Park. This open space that invites you into Greenwich Village was created in the late 20th century as a tribute to celebrate the centennial of George Washington's inauguration as the first US President. It was modeled in the likes of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, but is so distinct to New York City for the view of the park and fountain behind it.
Shop: Artful Posters
Let’s face it: souvenir shopping may not be for everyone. You’ve had it with I Heart New York Shirts and Mini Replicas of the Empire State Building. Shop at Artful Posters for a different kind of gift and you’ll be supporting real New Yorkers. For over 30 years the folks at Artful Posters have been home to the best collections of wall posters and frames. You can always opt for a famous shot of a view of New York City or find some serious art that will grace your walls. And don't worry, the owners won't make fun of you if you're buying a Justin Beiber poster for your kids. We also love the shots of famous New York City moments, like Joe DiMaggio slugging at Yankee Stadium, or Marilyn Monroe and her famous skirt scene.
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