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Greenwich Village - New York Past & Present

With its exciting grassroots artistic community, Greenwich Village offers a refreshing New York City vibe in a labyrinth of winding streets packed with colorful art galleries, exclusive shopping, comedy, theater, live music, performing arts, celebrity residents, nightclubs, restaurants, and bars. From the culture-packed grounds of Washington Square Park, to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and the soulful tunes of the Blue Note, Greenwich Village is a historically artistic neighborhood with a truly free spirit. One of the most energetic and vibrant communities in NYC, the Village continues to inspire legions of writers, artists, musicians, and intellectuals, as it has for decades.

Westbeth Artist Gallery

Located in Manhattan's West Village, Westbeth is a complex of buildings that houses the largest artistic community in the world. A New York City landmark since 1969, this artist colony is the soul of visual and performing arts in Greenwich, with free exhibitions of work from resident and outside artists in Westbeth Artist Gallery, as well as free poetry readings, music, drama, and film screenings at Bank Street Theater. Visit http://westbeth.org/

Washington Square Park

The oldest park in New York and heart of Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park is an urban oasis for artists, students, and families. Marked by its towering arch in honor of George Washington and a grand fountain for the public to cool off in on hot summer days, Washington Square Park features historic statues, monuments, abundant green space, shade trees, gardens, paths, picnic tables, benches, dog runs, and play areas. As a popular gathering spot, the park regularly hosts special events, concerts, and festivals as well. Visit http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/washingtonsquarepark.

Blue Note

One of the world's finest blues clubs and restaurants, the Blue Note is a Greenwich Village legend, presenting today's hottest jazz musicians alongside greats like Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, and Tito Puente, who call this Village jazz club home. Preserving the innovation of music, the Blue Note features a diversity of performers and a Late Night Groove Series to showcase emerging jazz, soul, hip-hop, R&B, and funk artists. On any given night, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, and Quincy Jones may sit in. Check out the Sunday Brunch. Visit http://www.bluenote.net/newyork/index.shtml

Generation Records

Old-school music fans will discover a slice of heaven in Greenwich Village at Generation Records, NYC's ultimate source for new and used vinyl, CDs, 45s, DVDs, posters, and t-shirts. Famous for their extensive punk and metal collection, Generation Records has a diverse array of music from all genres on the shelves. From cool vintage t-shirts to vinyl treasures, this classic record store on Thompson St. is a Greenwich Village gem. Visit http://www.generationrecords.com/


Located all around Washington Square Park, New York University is an elite private university, deeply connected to the city. NYU offers 18 schools and colleges, with a diverse spectrum of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and specialized degree programs, including one of the oldest law schools in the country, and Tisch School of the Arts, one of the top performing arts schools in the world. Keeping with its vision, "in and of the city," NYU draws inspiration from the vitality of Greenwich Village, with regular visits by famous alumni such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Allen, and Oliver Stone. www.nyu.edu