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Image of Greenwich Village street corner This is the kind of charming street corner you’ll often see in Greenwich Village

Jack Kerouac wrote here. Jackson Pollock painted here. Odetta sang here. Greenwich Village – referred to by locals as simply “the Village” – and the West Village have traditionally stood as refuge for New York’s misfits – beatniks, bohemians, artists and the LGBTQ community, to name a few. For decades these enclaves in Lower Manhattan stood at the forefront of the city’s cultural heart: a place where folk music and avant-garde art could thrive. Today, you’ll find many designer boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and very few bohemians – but the historical impact of these artistic iconoclasts’ lives on.

Welcome to Greenwich Village and the West Village:

Resting in downtown Manhattan, the Greenwich and West Villages are north of Soho, south of Chelsea, west of the Hudson River, and east of the East Village (take a look at our guide to this district here). Once a site of industry, the neighborhood was claimed by New York’s nonconformist crowd and fostered the talents of some of America’s greatest artists. Due to the district’s upscale makeover, most of the remaining artists have been priced out of the Village, but the neighborhood has never forgotten its roots. You’ll find a mix of artsy businesses, concert venues and designer fashions, which sit wedged between beautifully preserved brownstones. Upper class residents – think movie stars and Wall Street businessmen – rub shoulders with hip NYU students. And as with elsewhere in Manhattan, the districts are served by multiple subway lines and bus routes, which means shuttling over to other parts of New York will be a breeze. Our video tour of Greenwich Village will help you visualize the bustling district. Read the entire story here…»

 

Welcome back to the second half of our video series dedicated to the Meatpacking District. If you missed the first part of the Meatpacking District tour, be sure to check it out for some great tips.

The Meatpacking District is roughly bordered by west 14th street to the north, Gansevoort Street to the south, the Hudson River to the west and Hudson Street to the east.   It is located between two other famous neighborhoods, Chelsea to the North and the West Village to the south.

In our first episode, we shared the history of the Meatpacking District, including its transformation in the 90s with the arrival of high end retailers. We also took you to Chelsea Markets and Pier 54. In this edition we will look at some other famous places as well as the shopping and dining options in the area.

The Meatpacking District Video Tour – Part 2 (4:57)

Shopping Scene

On 14th Street you will find some of the most well-known international  designers’ storesincluding Diane von Furstenberg, Charles Nolan, Carlos Miele, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Theory, Hugo Boss and Moschino.  But there are also some retailers a bit outside the mainstream that you won’t want to miss. Read the entire story here…»

 

Welcome to the first video tour of our two part series dedicated to the Meatpacking District, a small neighborhood in Manhattan, New York, arguably one of New York’s most fashionable neighborhoods!

You will find a mix of the beautiful and functional in the old Gansevoort Market, or the Meatpacking District as it is better known, located on the west side of Manhattan.

The Meatpacking District is roughly bordered by west 14th street to the north, Gansevoort Street to the south, the Hudson River to the west and Hudson Street to the east.   It is located between two other great neighborhoods, Chelsea to the North and the West Village to the south.

Video Tour of the Meatpacking District – Part 1 (5:12)

Gansevoort History

Originally an Indian trail, this street was named after General Peter Gansevoort who, during the American Revolution, had a fort built on this very street.  In the 1880s, a marketplace was established along with the construction of factory buildings, which helped to establish an industrial landscape  in the area.

One of the largest businesses was packing meat, hence the name ‘Meatpacking District’.  More recently as the plants began to move out, buildings in the neighborhood became derelict and forgotten. Read the entire story here…»

 

New York at Halloween New York at Halloween

Halloween! Like many grown-ups, you may be inclined to dismiss it as an occasion for pumpkin-carving and maybe the occasional dress-up. If that’s the case, you clearly need to come to New York to check out the Village Halloween Parade, the annual mile-long extravaganza that attracts a crowd of up to two million people, garners major international press coverage, and has been named one of “100 Things to Do Before You Die” by the popular guidebook of the same title. Trust us—this is fiendish fun of a kind you won’t find anywhere else.

A beloved New York City tradition since 1973, the Village Halloween Parade is New York’s only nighttime parade and, supposedly, the largest Halloween celebration anywhere in the United States. It takes place on October 31 every year, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, and begins in SoHo on Sixth Avenue at Spring Street before proceeding north through Greenwich Village, along Sixth Avenue up to 23rd Street in the charming neighborhood of Chelsea.

The Village Halloween Parade has everything you’d expect in a big-city parade, from spectacular costumed marchers and puppets to marching bands and floats. But part of what makes the Parade so special is its unique democratic quality. Anyone who’s interested in participating in it can join the fun—all you have to do is show up at the beginning of the parade route, between 6:30 and 8:30 pm, and take a place at the end of the line. Read the entire story here…»

 

It’s been said that New York City is for the young and the young at heart. Greenwich Village truly epitomizes youth in the City. Located in the southern quarter of Manhattan, Greenwich Village is full of vibrant atmosphere and creative attitudes. The neighborhood is bounded by Broadway on the east, the Hudson River on the west, Houston Street on the south, and 14th Street on the north.  As true testaments to New York City’s youthful soul, this Greenwich Village studio apartment (NY-12563) is the perfect Greenwich Village accommodation for anyone seeking an exciting adventure in the city that never sleeps.

As the Bohemian capital of the world, Greenwich Village has an electrifying spirit. The home to every rebel and beatnik of the 1960s, the Village stays true to its history and remains home to the eclectic and unique. Vintage stores and cafes line the streets, perfect for a relaxing afternoon of shopping or relaxing with a book. For the nocturnal set, clubs and bars in the Village provide the stage for the city’s best undiscovered talent. In addition, New York University and Washington Square Park are quiet enclaves tucked away in the city and provide a delightful escape from the bustling city. Read the entire story here…»

 

Greenwich VillageNew York in Song
“Greenwich Village”

I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment
I could be you

- Bob Dylan, “Positively Fourth Street”

Before he became one of the most celebrated songwriters in modern history, Bob Dylan was the focal point of the folk rock scene that emerged from Greenwich Village during the 1960’s.  “Positively Fourth Street” – the title refers to West 4th Street, which snakes its way across most of the Village – is one of many Dylan songs influenced by his life in Greenwich Village.

Primarily identified as the area below 14th Street, above Houston Street and west of Broadway, Greenwich Village is famous for its bohemian history.  For years, it was home to musicians, artists and actors – both famous and struggling – who infused the area with a spirit of energy and creativity.  Main strips include West 4th Street and Bleecker Street, which are populated with restaurants, cafes and interesting boutique shops specializing in everything from collectible record albums to designer eyeglasses.  There are only a handful of high-rise buildings, because the neighborhood is landmarked and new structures must adhere to strict rules and conform to the area’s existing architectural context.

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Earlier we talked about The Thanksgiving Parade being part of the New York in Song Series.

New York HalloweenNew York in Song
“The Ultimate Monster Mash”

The zombies were having fun, the party had just begun.
The guests included Wolfman, Dracula and his son.
They did the mash…they did the monster mash

“The Monster Mash” was a hit in 1962 for the novelty act The Cryptkickers, and it has remained an enduring camp classic ever since.  Of course, the ultimate Monster Mash takes place every October 31st right here in New York City: The Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade!

Not unlike Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Halloween Parade is one of the biggest parties thrown anywhere in the world.  This year’s will mark the 33rd annual event, and it promises to be the best yet!  There are more than 53 bands that will be playing all kinds of music, plus performances by dancers, artists and acrobats.  And then there are the huge, incredibly made puppets; they’re like Thanksgiving Day balloons with a sinister side!

Read the entire story here…»