Known as a focal point of urban culture and artistry for decades, Greenwich Village retains its charms and uniqueness within Manhattan. At Arlo Hotel, we frequently recommend guests from all of our locations, Midtown, SoHo, and NoMad to spend a day in Greenwich Village to enjoy its character.
Greenwich Village features many narrow and curved streets, which gives it more of a neighborhood residential feel compared to other grid-based Manhattan areas. It’s a perfect neighborhood for a leisurely stroll, as you stop for a slice at the infamous John’s of Bleecker Street or one of the other highly regarded pizzerias. For additional carbs, visit Murray’s Bagels on 6th Avenue for a classic smear of cream cheese and lox on one of the city’s best bagels.
Theater fans can visit the oldest continuously running off-Broadway theater, the Cherry Lane Theatre. It’s on Commerce Street in the West Village section of Greenwich Village. The gorgeous theater seats approximately 180 people, and r produces a variety of entertaining shows.
There’s still a sizable population of artists and galleries in Greenwich Village. The Whitney Museum of Modern Art’s original building is in the Village. This is a collection of three row houses on West 8th Street built in 1838 that are now National Historic Landmarks.
After a day eating and visiting art galleries, head to one of the city’s favorite parks, Washington Square Park. While only 10 acres in size, the park is the focal point of Greenwich Village, and brings together tourists, poets, street performers, and everything in between. A highlight of the park is the Washington Square Arch, constructed in 1892 for the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration.
Fans of the long-running show Friends (who include many of us at Arlo Hotel) often stop in Greenwich Village for a shot of the apartment building at 90 Bedford Street which is recognizable as the outside location of the show’s main building. It’s just one of the uses of Greenwich Village in movies and films which capitalize on the neighborhood’s beautiful architecture and classic NYC looks.