Bohemians and Beats of Greenwich Village

Tour by Foot & Subway

Dig, man! A 2-hour deep exploration of Greenwich Village's Bohemian & Literary Lions, complete with poetry readings.


Explore this world-famous neighborhood with your very own personal tour guide to discover the cultural epicenter for America’s artists, anarchists, poets, painters and musicians throughout the early 20th century. From Edgar Allen Poe to Edna St. Vincent Millay and Eugene O’Neill to Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac to Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, our Engaging, Entertaining, Educational & Energetic tour guides will perform out-loud poetry and songs while standing on the streets where it happened. 

Tour Description

In two hours, we span 200 years of Greenwich Village literary and music history. From the Bohos to the Beats, the Folks & the Stonewall Tavern Riots, enjoy your guide’s illuminating stories and out-loud presentations of the lyrics and lines that happened on the Village’s streets and stoops. Walk through Washington Square Park, home to New York University and watch students working hard (or hardly working!) Hear poetry and song lyrics by the authors listed and more, depending on your tour guide’s passion and flights or fancy. Learn about the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 and how it contributed to labor, safety, and fire code reforms. Stroll past the site of the Provincetown Playhouse, where the topical American drama was born in the 1920s. See where Bruce Springsteen, John Coltrane, ACDC and a young Lady Gaga all played to tiny crowds in minuscule rock and roll venues before their stars shot through the celebrity sky.  

Greenwich Village is a world-class neighborhood with centuries of compelling history as well as a bubbling nightlife, art, and dining district. We’d be thrilled to help you find a cool bar or cafe to enjoy a post-tour cocktail or cappuccino. Cheers to Greenwich Village!