Greenwich Village - Meatpacking -Chelsea - High Line

Focus first on Greenwich Village and its history as the center of political movements, bohemian life and counterculture in New York City and the nation.  View the contrast of busy avenues against quiet residential brownstones.   Then we’ll head over to the Meatpacking District and its transition from slaughterhouses to condos, followed by visiting the new High Line and historic Chelsea ...



Greenwich Village

  • Evolution of the "Village" into the center of counterculture, bohemian and LGBT life
  • Washington Square Park and Washington Arch
  • New York University
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911
  • Porto Rico "Coffee" Importing Co.
  • Historic private streets - Patchin Place and Washington Mews
  • Jefferson Market Courhouse/Library
  • "Friends" Building Grove and Bedford Streets
  • “10 Downing Street”
  • Historic buildings on Perry Street
  • Stonewall Inn - Gay Liberation Monument - Christopher Park and the Stonewall riots of 1969
  • Northern Dispensary - triangle of Waverly, Christopher, Grove - from 1831 to the AIDS crisis, and attempted redevelopment
  • Hess Triangle and Village Cigars and the construction of the IRT Subway
  • John's Pizza and Murray’s Cheese

Meatpacking District


High Line (walk from Gansevoort to 18 St.) and its conversion from frieght railway to the newest urban park and walkway



  • Evolution from working class neighborhood to trendy hot spot
  • IAC Building - Frank Gehry (18 st.)
  • Chelsea Market
  • Cushman Row (406-418 W. 20th St.)
  • General Theological Seminary complex
  • London Terrace apartment complex
  • Empire Diner
  • Google's NY office in the former Port Authority Building (111 Eighth Ave.)



TIP: At the end of the walk, eat (on your own) in one of the many restaurants we’ve past in Greenwich Village (heading back south on 7 Avenue) or Chelsea, or grab a bit at Chelsea Market.































Google maps - approximate route ...





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