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Greenwich Village Walking Tour - In the footsteps of Edgar Allan Poe

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  • This fun and informative tour offers a wonderful insight into one of New York City’s most diverse areas
  • See where the Beat Poets hung out and visit the cradle of the 1960’s folk scene
  • Learn the story of Edgar Allan Poe and visit the house where he lived
  • Recommended by user of Trip Advisor – the tour is operated by Uncle Sam’s New York Walking Tours – one of the top rated sightseeing operators in New York City

Explore the winding streets of an area of New York which was crucible of at least three major American art movements, on this enthralling Greenwich Village walking tour.

See the places that sheltered generations of writers and musicians from William Burroughs to Nina Simone and Bob Dylan. Visit bars and cafes frequented by the Beat poets in the 1950s. Learn about the key role of Greenwich Village in the 1960s folk scene.

See the street that inspired so many singers and song- writers including Bruce Springsteen, Simon and Garfunkel and Tom Paxton.

And visit the house of the man who arguably started it all off in the 19th century – Edgar Allan Poe, writer, poet, editor and literary critic.

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Please see below a copy of the review I have done for Trip Adviser My friend and I have just returned from a trip to New York City during which we had arranged a walking tour...

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Visit the home of generations of American culture on the enthralling Greenwich Village Walking Tour. Make your way to the Washington Square Arch (at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Waverly Place) to meet your (English-speaking) guide.

On this tour you'll find out how, for well over a century, 'The Village' has nurtured struggling artists, writers and musicians from Edgar Allan Poe to the Beat poets to Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel.

These days no penniless artists could afford to live in the beautiful brownstones along the tree-lined streets. But look carefully and you can still find traces of the old 'bohemia'.

Your tour starts at the Arch in Washington Square Park. This 77-foot high monument marks the centennial of the first US President's inauguration. Washington Square Park itself has a fun carnival atmosphere with street performers entertaining passers by all year round.

As you stroll the winding streets, your guide will tell stories of the talented individuals that once lived there and the places they frequented.

This stroll through the winding, twisted streets of Greenwich Village takes you to sights including Washington Square, New York University, Sheridan Square, Our Lady of Pompeii Church, and the folk music clubs of Bleecker Street.

If 'Bleecker Street' sounds familiar, here's why – it featured in lots of 1960s music. Simon and Garfunkel named a song after it; Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, Tom Paxton and many others also sang about it.

Last stop on your walk is at 85 West 3rd Street where writer, poet and critic Edgar Allan Poe lived from 1844 to 1845 and did some of his most important work.

Your tour ends at 85 West 3rd Street.

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
The walking distance on this tour is less than 2 miles and the excursion is suitable for persons of average fitness. The route is wheelchair accessible and the content is family friendly
  • English-speaking guide
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
All year: Friday
2 hours
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Your Greenwich Village Walking tour starts from the Washington Square Arch, at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Waverly Place.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Ending point
The tour ends at 85 West 3rd Street (former home of Edgar Allan Poe)
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The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
Dos & Don'ts
Wear comfortable shoes and casual clothes for walking

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