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NYC Walking Tour: Soho, Village and Chelsea

The second NYC Walking Tour focuses on Soho, the (Greenwich and West) Village and Chelsea.  Starting from Canal Street and Broadway, the first stop of this walking tour is the Soho Historic District from Broadway to Avenue of the Americas between Grand and West Houston. For a larger version of the interactive map, click here.

This area is great for shopping and dining but also architecturally interesting because most of the buildings date back to the XIX century and were initially factories subsequently converted into apartment buildings and offices. From West Broadway and West Houston walk north a couple of blocks to Washington Square Park to visit the NYU buildings.  You can then walk west towards Bleecker Street or Greenwich Avenue in the heart of the West Village. This is one of the most characteristic areas of New York City where you can really feel the vibe of the city. The area north of 14th street is known as the Meatpacking District, and while few butchers remain, the real estate is mainly occupied by stores, clubs and restaurants. A visit to the Chelsea Market for a quick bite is highly recommended as is the tour of the Highline Park. This park used to be a railroad and was recently repurposed to be a green spot where people can take a stroll and look at the urban architecture down below.  Stepping out of the park around 18th street you will find yourself in the heart of Chelsea, the neighborhood with the highest percentage of art galleries. Walking east you will soon arrive to Union Square, another iconic corner of the city. Touring Union Square you can’t miss the only private park in the city, Gramercy Park and the lovely Irving Place.  If you still have the strength to keep walking you should proceed north to madison Square park and the Flatiron building. You can stop for bite to eat at Eataly and feel like you are not too far away from Rome. If you don’t feel like walking you should proceed south to university place and regain your strength while watching the fountain in Washington Square Park.

What is your favorite: Soho, the Village or Chelsea?