Green­wich Vil­lage

Business Traveller (India) - - INSIDE NEW YORK CITY NEIGHBOURHOODS -

It was at one time a ru­ral colony, not con­sid­ered part of New York City. To­day, this area lo­cated on the west of lower Man­hat­tan is recog­nised as the city’s Bo­hemian neigh­bour­hood. It has played a huge role in ini­ti­at­ing and mod­ernising New York’s LGBT move­ment, and has been home to fa­mous per­son­al­i­ties like Paul Simon, Bob Dy­lan and Joan Baez. The ’60s coun­ter­cul­ture move­ment also orig­i­nated from here.

If you’re vis­it­ing in the evening, stroll through Green­wich Vil­lage’s Washington Square Park where mu­si­cians and street per­form­ers en­ter­tain you. The iconic Washington Arch is the pre­ferred spot of lo­cals and col­lege stu­dents for pic­nick­ing. The nearby New York Univer­sity and the cul­tur­ally rich art gal­leries such as Grey Art Gallery have con­trib­uted to the an­tiq­uity that this place ex­udes, jux­ta­posed with pop cul­ture. One of the high­lights from my visit here was the food tour or­gan­ised by Food of New York Tours (food­sofny.com). This three-hour Ital­ian themed tour costs US$54/`3,500 and in­cludes six on-the-go and two-seat­ing tast­ings, so make sure you be­gin the tour with an empty stom­ach. Our stops cov­ered some of the most sought after eater­ies in­clud­ing Joe’s Pizza, Faicco’s Ital­ian Spe­cial­i­ties, The Dough­nut Project and Rocco’s Pas­tic­ce­ria. If you’re in this area and are not up for an in­dul­gent food tour, grab a slice of the tra­di­tional New York pizza or the pesca pasta from any of the neigh­bour­hood eater­ies to get a feel of New York City. ■

Pic­tured: Grey Art Gallery

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