Top 5 things to do in Greenwich Village
If you want to experience New York City like a local and get the best Manhattan has to offer, then head south to Greenwich Village. It’s a vibrant and diverse neighborhood just south of the neighborhood of Chelsea in Manhattan. The Fall is a great time to avoid the summer tourist crowd and soak up all this neighborhood has to offer. Here are the top things to do in Greenwich Village:
1. Visit Washington Square Park
Arguably, New York City’s most beloved city park for locals is Washington Square Park. What the park may lack in size, it makes up for in flare. You’ll find the diversity that New York is all about: happy couples, artists, street performers, musicians, young students from the local New York University and much more. A trip to Greenwich Village is not complete until you see this park for yourself under the marble memorial arch that may make you feel like you’re in France.
2. Walk along Bleecker Street & MacDougal Street
Not only are they some of the most popular areas in Greenwich Village, but MacDougal and Bleecker Street are one of the more famous streets in all of New York City. Both span across several blocks and offer the essence of the “Village vibe” through its restaurants, cafes and bars. These streets are not to be missed especially after dark on any day of the week.
3. Laugh it up at the Comedy Cellar
While you’re in the heart of Greenwich Village on MacDougal Street, stop in for a set at the Comedy Cellar. It has been around since the 1980s and many famous comedians have taken the stage here to practice their stand-up material and keep their skills sharp. Some still pop in for surprise shows so you might just get lucky and end up at a show with the likes of Dave Chappelle or Aziz Ansari.
4. Sweat it out at Hot Yoga Chelsea NYC
Looking to venture out to the edge of town for a workout that’s sure to make you sweat? Grab your yoga mat and take a quick 15min walk over to Hot Yoga Chelsea, the #1 rated Yoga Studio in NYC. We offer Bikram Hot Yoga, Hot HIIT and Hot Power Vinyasa everyday throughout the week. It’s the perfect practice to help you relax and unwind in a healthy way after a night out in Greenwich Village.
5. Catch a movie at the IFC Center.
The IFC Center is a cinema staple and the place to find independent and foreign films. Throughout the year, this theater hosts a documentary festival, midnight showings of favorites, indie flicks, and more. If you’re in the mood to catch a movie that you won’t find in any other theater, check out the IFC Center. There’s even two peepholes covered by sliding metal shutters on the walls of the theater, facing the public sidewalk that allow you to watch one of the movies playing at the IFC Center!
With a history of art and bohemian spirit, Manhattan’s Greenwich Village is the heart of New York City. Today the neighborhood continues its diverse and inclusive culture. Don’t miss your chance to soak it all in!