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Walking to Experience New York City
Explore Union Square and Greenwich Village

Union Square

Continue riding an M2, 3, or 5 bus southbound on Fifth Avenue..

If it's a Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday, hop off at to 16th Street. Then walk eastbound on 16th one block to Union Square Park.

This park could look familiar, it should. This was the venue of several Donald Trump Apprentice show projects.

New Yorkers love this area. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, gourmet chefs converge on the square for its famed Greenmarket. Currently (2018), the Greenmarket stays open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays year-round from  8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Grab a picnic meal to take with you to Washington Square Park.


Greenwich Village

Colourful street art in a plaza in Washington Square. The square sits in the centre of one of New York City's most vibrant and historically significant neighbourhoods.

Truly street art in Greenwich Village Washington Square Park. No mere wall art here.

Above video: Superb introduction to Greenwich Village.

This walk focuses on the central portion of Greenwich Village and the West Village, but the East Village is also fascinating.

East Village Manhattan self guided walking tour

From the park, walk back to Fifth Avenue along 14th Street.

Then go southbound on Fifth to Washington Square. You are now in the heart of Greenwich Village, the home of New York University.

Top Ten cool hangouts in Greenwich Village

Washington Square Park is a real treat. Artists and a motley crew of New York characters (including sometimes Dr. V) fill the small park in pleasant weather. Warm weekend days are especially active.

Walk into the park toward the arch and then stroll slightly left.

Then exit the park and go south on LaGuardia Place.

Turn right on Bleecker Street with its small clubs, sacred ground of the 1950's and 1960's folk music movement in America. Bob Dylan and others built their reputations here.

Turn right on MacDougal Street, another lively and interesting street, and walk north.

At the corner of Washington Square, turn left on Fourth Street (called Washington Square South east of here), and continue westbound toward the Avenue of the Americas.

After crossing the Avenue of the Americas, Fourth Street veers slightly to the right.

Continue on Fourth to Sheridan Square.


Sheridan Square - West Village

Sheridan Square lies in the heart of the West Village, the most charming portion of Greenwich Village that has been least touched by change.

During the day, you may wish to explore the architecture and little shops along some of the side streets in this area. At night, stay with other people along the busier streets in this predominately LGBT part of Greenwich Village.

Walk About New York - Gay Village Walking Tour

The area around Sheridan Square became the first centre of the gay rights movement in the United States, just as Greenwich Village has been at the forefront of various social and political movements for over a hundred years. As with Southern California and London, Greenwich Village has long been an incubator of cultural change.

The U.S. National Park Park Service recently established the Stonewall National Monument to honour the historical significance of Sheridan Square.

If you are tired by now, Sheridan Square has a subway station with frequent service back to Midtown. Otherwise, board the 1 or 9 subway lines at Sheridan Square and travel southbound to the Chambers Street station.

Then walk south down Broadway to the World Trade Center complex.

Continue your New York City walk with Ground Zero and Wall Street.


Go to >> Walking New York City
Go to >> Times Square
Go to >> Carnegie Hall and Columbus Circle
Go to >> Donald Trump
Go to >> Lincoln Center and Upper East Side
Go to >> Art Museums (Whitney, Guggenheim, Metropolitan)
Go to >> Fifth Avenue, Grand Army Plaza, and Plaza Hotel
Go to >> Miracle Mile and Rockefeller Center
Go to >> Public Library and Empire State Building
Go to >> Ground Zero and Wall Street
Go to >> Battery Park, Ellis Island, NYC Harbour
Go to >> Chinatown and Little Italy


In addition to your NYC walk, be sure to see:
Go to >> NYC tips
Go to >> Staying safe
Go to >> NYC day trips

 

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