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8 Things You’re Missing in Greenwich Village

8 Things You’re Missing in Greenwich Village

Remember that whole Beat movement, bohemian life? Do the names Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, or even Maya Angelou ring a bell? This is the Village. Covering the area roughly surrounding Washington Square and NYU, Greenwich Village has been the arts epicenter of not only NYC but the United States. From its heavy influence on ‘60s culture to its current status as celebrity and student hotbed, the Village remains an eclectic artistic hub in NYC. Outside of touring galleries, visiting venues frequented by the Beat Generation, what else can you do? Literally, the neighborhood’s loaded with activities to keep you busy for days, or even weeks.

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    Greenwich Village Pizza Walk
    Greenwich Village Pizza Walk

    Scott's Pizza Tours

    No late night in NYC goes without a quick slice. New York and pizza go together like muffins and blueberries, lox and bagels, or even ham and sammich. Dedicated to consuming only the best pizza in New York, this pizza walk specializes in the perfect piece of pie: dough, oven, cheese. Tasting everything from classic American style to Neapolitan style street food, you’ll rekindle your love of ‘za (not like you ever lost it), sit down with the pizzeria owners and take a bite out of history. Feeling hungry just thinking about it!

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    Accomplice The Village
    Accomplice The Village

    Accomplice The Show

    “Bobby Dylan...with the guitar...at The Gaslight Cafe??” How would you like to solve a real, interactive mystery on the Village streets? Accomplice is exactly that. You’ll escape from your mundane reality and be sent on a mission around the bustling side-streets of the Village--a reinvention of the childhood staple “cops ‘n robbers.” Traversing the streets, bars, and landmarks in search of clues, you’ll piece together a story...just plausible to have happened. Here, the city’s your game board, and you’re merely a pawn.

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    Live Music Show - Fridays - activity no longer offered (11/14/15).
    Live Music Show - Fridays - activity no longer offered (11/14/15).

    The Village Underground

    It’s impossible to hit-up the Village and avoid a music show. Firstly, it’s utterly wrong. Secondly, IT’S JUST WRONG. You don’t wanna displease Mr. Dylan, do you? Formerly the sight of ‘60s beat culture and often frequented by Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Carly Simon, and Elvis Costello, The Village Underground remains a Greenwich Village spectacle. On any night of the week, stop in for some live music, a few drinks, and maybe a boogie.

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    The Heart of the Village Food & Culture Tour
    The Heart of the Village Food & Culture Tour

    Foods of New York Tours

    If you haven’t eaten in Greenwich Village, you haven’t eaten in New York. Whether you’re salivating for vegetarian falafel or gushing for a classic French bistro, the Village has it, and it’s done right. Here, you’ll taste your way through the Village, indulging at seven ethnic eateries, food shops, and restaurants. Embrace the artisanal culture of an iconic New York neighborhood, exploring the artsy boutiques, sprawling bars, and, most importantly, the ‘noms.

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    New York Funk Exchange (Live Music)
    New York Funk Exchange (Live Music)

    The Groove

    We all need a visit to Funkytown, f’real. Finding your secret Soul Train dance move, at Groove, you, obviously, groove. With nightly jazz, R&B, and funk shows, Groove gets the body moving. For example, your day may begin at the NY Stock Exchange but it should end at the NY Funk Exchange. Also rumor has it, the Internet says your body needs a weekly dose of funk for function. And why would the Internet lie to you about that?

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    Chess Lesson
    Chess Lesson

    Chess NYC

    Now, you can learn chess against the homeless man in Union Square or you can head to the Village and master the game like Bobby Fischer? You know the correct option. For centuries, chess continues to capture the fascination of Russians, computers, and that one scene in Harry Potter. With Chess NYC, you’ll learn the fundamentals: tactics, strategies, why the horsey runs in an “L.” Test your mental aptitude and get to thinkin’.

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    Blues Show
    Blues Show

    Terra Blues

    This isn’t your “Blues Macaroni and Cheese” Kraft special. Here’s authentic blues, the genre that inspired Rock ‘n Roll. Clapton, Hendrix, and even John Mayer began as blues guitarist before heading into rock--some more than others...At Terra Blues, The Blues Show features a rotating list of musicians, combining forces to create a powerful musical experience. This represents the Village of bohemia. The Village of the ‘60s and the transformation of Rock ‘n Roll as we know it.

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