About Edgar Allan Poe Greenwich Village Tour - Uncle Sam's Tours
Though this tour does indeed stop at the house once inhabited by writer Edgar Allan Poe, the Edgar Allan Poe Greenwich Village Tour mainly focuses on the history of the Greenwich Village neighborhood and how it became the epicenter for the arts movements in the United States during the 1960s.
A Greenwich Village resident leads visitors through the area’s notoriously windy streets, stopping at a variety of points of interest (some of them hidden in plain sight) including the theatre where Jimi Hendrix played, coffee shops where local writers penned famous works, and nightclubs that drew such artists as Barbara Streisand, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. The neighborhood still retains much of its original, funky vitality with eclectic shops and residents. Hear the musical history of Cafe Wha?, taste the fresh-brewed at Joe Coffee, and see why Greenwich Village still draws students, performers and visitors from all over the world.
The area (and the tour) isn’t all sex, drugs and rock and roll—you’ll also find out where President Washington lived, see the site of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fires, and walk over a pauper’s graveyard turned public park.
For those interested in private homes and the upswing in realty prices for this very chic neighborhood, your guide has photos of apartments from the turn of the century that are fun to compare with current renovations and changes. New York University and Washington Square Park provide a historical and modern backdrop.
Approximately two hours
Did you know?
One of New York’s oldest trees has been growing in Washington Square Park for 300 years.
The cover art for Bob Dylan’s famous record, The Free Wheeling Bob Dylan was shot in Greenwich Village.
Greenwich Village was home to notable literary residents such as Edgar Allan Poe, E.E. Cummings and children’s author Maurice Sendak.
Ideal for those who are interested in Greenwich Village’s eclectic and bohemian past, from George Washington to Jimi Hendrix. Anyone considering attending NYU would also appreciate this walking tour of the neighborhood.
Good for kids?
Kids twelve years and older, especially those interested in the swinging 60s, would get a lot out of this fun and informative tour.
Washington Square Park Location Information:
Fifthth Avenue at Waverly Place
New York, NY 10012
Edgar Allan Poe Greenwich Village Tour
Begins: Under the Washington Square Arch, located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Waverly Place
Ends:Varied, depending on weather.
A, B, C, D, E, F, M to W. 4th St./Washington Sq.; N, R to 8th St./NYU
Edgar Allan Poe Greenwich Village Walking Tour Details
The tour stops for coffee and refreshments at a popular coffee shop. Not included in tour price.