Diamonds and Rust and Us

Diamonds Dust and Us at hotel earle

We’re feeling a tad nostalgic today, so felt that it was appropriate to pop Joan Baez’s Diamonds and Rust on the record player. (Kids–that was how we listened to music before iTunes and Spotify. I know–crazy, right?) Joan wrote this song about Bob Dylan years after their relationship ended. For a time, Dylan lived in […]

Planning the Perfect Picnic in Greenwich Village

Picnic in Greenwich Village

How is it that summer always seems to fade away much too fast? Somewhere between the outdoor concerts, strolling through the parks, and late-night restaurant bites, the season seems to slip away. When mid-summer days begin to blur together, take advantage of the many wonderful Greenwich Village parks and add a picnic to your summer […]

4 Comedians Who Got Their Start in New York City

Comedians Who Got Their Start in NYC Joan Rivers

New York City is known for many things, including its ability to churn out hilarious and talented comedians. Whether these individuals were born and raised in one of the city’s boroughs or if they traveled to NYC only to be discovered there’s no denying that some of the world’s most memorable and iconic comedians have […]

Your Perfect Fourth of July

Perfect Fourth of July Hot dog eating contest

Are you looking to celebrate Independence Day the New York way? Here’s how to spend a perfect 4th of July. First things first, grab breakfast downstairs in the lounge. (Get the blueberry whole wheat pancakes. Don’t ask us why…just try it.) Take a trip to Coney Island When you’re properly stuffed, take the D or F […]

Looking for a Laugh? The Best Comedy Clubs in Greenwich Village

Exterior of Comedy Cellar Best Comedy Clubs in Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village grew its cultural reputation as a home base for the performance arts since before the 1950s when it was the site of famous cafes and clubs such as The Gaslight, Gerde’s Folk City, and The Bitter End. But there’s more. Today, you can have a few laughs at the best comedy clubs in […]

Philharmonic Concerts in the Park

Philharmonic Concerts in the Park

If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you know that a constantly recurring theme is the opportunity to experience the culture of our beautiful city for free! So if you’re a fan of classical music, check this out. The free Philharmonic Concerts in the Park series begins this week! It’s truly an only-in-New-York experience, […]

Greenwich Village: An Artist’s Muse

Greenwich Village artists muse View of Park in Spring

Springtime in Greenwich Village is a time of vibrant colors, outdoor cafes, budding trees, and blossoming flowers. It’s an idyllic neighborhood for artistic inspiration. In the spring, the Village is glorious, and it’s no surprise many of America’s iconic artists have used Greenwich Village as a muse for their work. For more than 150 years […]

How to Stay Cool in Greenwich Village This Summer

May is here and that means the mercury is starting to creep up. New York City’s summer heat is enough to make a top chef sweat, so where can you find refuge? In and around Greenwich Village. Here’s how to stay cool in Greenwich Village this summer. From sweet ice cream to refreshingly crisp rooftop cocktails, […]

Shakespeare In the Park

Shakespeare in the Park View of Central park

Aside from speeding yellow taxis, dirty water dogs, and standing-room-only subway cars, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything more quintessentially New York City than Shakespeare in the Park. Welcome to the 2018 season! First up is Othello (May 29th through June 24th). Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Jitney, Piano Lesson) will direct this classic drama about […]

3 Bars Where You Can Still Experience The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Greenwich Village

Mrs. Maisel’s Greenwich Village is still here, almost all of it. With two Golden Globes and two Critics’ Choice Television Awards for ‘Best Comedy Series’ and ‘Best Actress in a Comedy Series,’ you’ve likely heard of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’. If you haven’t, don’t worry – this article doesn’t contain any spoilers. Amazon’s hit comedy series is about […]

Caring for a Rooftop Garden in the Middle of Greenwich Village

Caring for Rooftop Garden Janos our Caretaker

The caretaker of our rooftop garden He wakes up a little earlier than most of the city, when the sun is just starting to rise He makes his way to the subway to take a train to Lower Manhattan. He walks into the Washington Square Hotel, waves a friendly greeting at the concierge, then takes […]

Bloody Marys for All!

Snacks at the Bloody Mary Festival

The Bloody Mary has a loyal following that would rival Bruce Springsteen’s fan club! The latest varieties being created by mixologists with fresh local ingredients is giving this perennial favorite a new twist. Wine and beer tastings seem to be happening every weekend in the city. But here’s an event of a different stripe: a Bloody Mary  Festival! […]

Where to Find Fresh Produce in and Near Greenwich Village

Washington Square Hotel rooftop garden grows fresh produce

New Yorkers are more attuned to healthy eating than ever before. Just because we live in a concrete jungle, we still have access to an abundance of fresh produce in Greenwich Village. While soaking in the extra sunshine, we are finding ourselves craving fresh vegetables, herbs, and berries. Living in one of the world’s largest […]

From the 17th to the 21st Century: Greenwich Village Remains a Diamond in The Rough

Greenwich Village Appeal Village Vanguard

Greenwich Village Appeal As We Know It Today What comes to mind when you initially think of Greenwich Village? Beat poets? Earnest folk-singers? The smoky wail of a saxophone? Bookshops, bongo drums, hissing espresso machines? Greenwich Village appeal includes its original architecture, winding streets and a long history of culture. These images of Greenwich Village […]

6 Entertainers You Didn’t Know Were Discovered in Greenwich Village

6 Entertainers You Didn't Know Were Discovered in Greenwich Village

The Village, as New Yorker’s often call it, has always had a bohemian flare including a diverse and open music scene—one of the many reasons why so many young aspiring songwriters and singers ended up in this part of the city, especially in the 1950s and 1960s. To get an idea of the role Greenwich […]

Where To Lift a Pint On St. Patrick’s Day

Where to lift a pint on St Patrick's Day Mc Sorleys

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and we don’t know a soul who doesn’t crave a Guinness or a bite or two of bangers and mash on March the 17th. Lucky for us, there are some authentic, decades-old Irish pubs right here that will bring you back to the old country. Here’s where […]

5 Family-Friendly Winter Activities in New York City

Family-Friendly Winter Activities NYC Frozen Hot Chocolate

New York City is a very family-friendly winter vacation destination. The city offers endless activities for kids including ferry rides to the Statue of Liberty, elevators to the top of the Empire State Building, and an abundance of kid-friendly restaurants. NYC also checks off the boxes for what parents are looking for in a family […]

Taste Harlem! Walking Tours

Taste Harlem Tours Apollo Theater

It’s Black History Month! What better way to celebrate it than to take a Taste Harlem tour Celebrate African-American culture by taking a Taste Harlem Food and Culture Tour. There are 3 walking tours that give visitors a feel of the rich history and present culture of one of our oldest and culturally rich neighborhoods […]

I Do (Again) Times Square Art Exhibit

I Do Again Times Square Art Exhibit

Want an unusual, way for you and your partner to say “I do” (again) on Valentine’s Day? Head over to Times Square at 6 p.m. on February 14th for a group vow renewal ceremony! If you have ever wanted to declare your love in front of thousands of people, this will be the place to do […]


Love Soul Jam-Flyer

I’m Stone in Love With You, Betcha By Golly Wow, Best of My Love, Natural High, Reunited, If You Don’t Know Me By Now, You Make Me Feel Brand New, I’m Stone In Love With You. What do all these song titles have in common? Of course, they’re all about L-O-V-E. But they’re also the […]

5 of the Best Winter Activities for a Romantic NYC Weekend Getaway

Romantic NYC Weekend

New York City in winter is one of the most romantic places on earth. One can easily picture a couple, strolling hand in hand, as a soft snowfall blankets Central Park. While often quite chilly, there are few cities with as cheerful an atmosphere or as wonderful winter goings-on. We compiled a short list of […]

6 New York City Shops for Sweet European Treats

Shops for finding Sweet European treats

New York City is known to be a melting pot of cultures. And that means desserts. Because of this our city gets the best of many worlds, including sweets. Sweet European treats are found in many shops around the city, but here are our favorite Village go-tos. The variety of confections from different cultures in New […]

Window Shopping

Window Shopping

Time is running out to catch our iconic New York City holiday windows this year. Here’s a roundup of the best of the bunch: Macy’s is all about loving our fair city this year. Its theme? The Perfect Gift Brings People Together. There are mice on motorcycles, ice skating rinks, feline ballerinas, trains and a […]

3 Reasons Greenwich Village is Perfect for Business Travelers

Greenwich Village for Business Travelers

The hectic areas of New York City can be overwhelming for business travelers Doing business in NYC is already stressful, so why not take a break? We promise we’re not being biased when we say Greenwich Village is the perfect place to call home when you are on a business trip. To prove it, we’ve […]

Tree Lighting!

Washington Square Park Tree Lighting

This tree has our heart So the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting was this past week. And while we do admire that 75-foot tall Norway spruce, giant Swarovski star and the huge crowd it attracts, we have to admit that another tree has our heart. True, you won’t see Gwen Stefani or Seal in the crowd at […]

Greenwich Village: Home to the History-Filled Off-Broadway Theater

Cherry Lane Theater Greenwich Village

Some of the best off-Broadway theaters in New York City are found in Greenwich Village. The Village has long been a haven for artists, writers, and musicians and many of these theaters helped to shape American literature and drama as we know it today. These history-filled off-Broadway theaters have seen many world-class performances. Many great […]

3 Famous Greenwich Village Bars for Book Lovers

Greenwich Village Bars for Book Lovers

Greenwich Village has been the place to hang out for decades. It’s been a place for inspiration for writers, poets, and playwrights for years. But where did these famous minds unwind and mingle? Hangout with their fellow creative minds or watch for inspiration? From Edward Albee finding the inspiration for the title of one of […]

3 Famous Writers Haunt Greenwich Village

3 Famous Writers Haunt Greenwich Village Book Cover

It’s no secret that some great literary minds lived or congregated in Greenwich Village over the years. What most people don’t know is of the 3 famous writers who haunt Greenwich Village because they just couldn’t seem to leave their beloved neighborhood. Even after their earthly departure, they have on occasion revisited it in their […]

Nobody Wants to Leave Greenwich Village

Haunted Greenwich Village

When you think of our lovely Greenwich Village, you might reflect on its rich history of Bohemia, its strong ties to peaceful political demonstrations and folk music and its famously eclectic and avant-garde residents. You could say nobody wants to leave Haunted Greenwich Village. But what if some of those residents never really left? Bwahahahaha!!! […]

6 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About NYU and Greenwich Village

Washington Mews and NYU aerial view

New York University is almost synonymous with Greenwich Village. So much so, that the Washington Square Arch is an unofficial symbol of the University for many students. But it wasn’t always this way. These 6 tidbits of information you probably don’t know about NYU and Greenwich Village show how the growing University has become a […]

A Little History of Greenwich Village Folk Music

History of Greenwich Village Folk Music Bearded guitarist with other musicians, Washington Square Park

When September comes, it brings more events than usual to look forward to in Washington Square Park. One of those great events that celebrate a big part of Greenwich Village’s identity is the Washington Square Folk Festival, which is usually held at the beginning of the month. Inspired by this yearly event that reconnects us […]

4 Events to Get the Most Out of Washington Square Park as Summer is Ending

Events Washington Square Park

School might’ve already started and summer might be ending, but Washington Square Park still has a lot to offer this September. Get the most out of Washington Square Park and the end of summer by making plans to attend one of these special park events. Washington Square Park Folk Festival The folk festival will be […]

5 Greenwich Village Icons that Have Stood the Test of Time

Hotel History as Hotel Earle

Few businesses last more than 100 years. But these 5 Greenwich Village Icons have stood the test of time. See why. Our hotel The Washington Square Hotel, formerly The Hotel Earle, has been around for quite some time now – 115 years to be exact. And in those 115 years, our Greenwich Village hotel has […]

Come Have a Taste of our Village

Taste of the Village Event Chef

Tickets are on sale for this year’s Taste of the Village, which will take place on September 19th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. You’ll have an hour and a half to stuff your face with goodies from our wonderful local restaurants. The Cornelia Café, Agata & Valentina, Aunt Jake’s, the Spotted Pig, Rosemary’s, Swig & […]

WSH’s NYC Planning Guide: The Extravagant Celebration Weekend

NYC Weekend Planning Guide Alice Prin at lunch 1920s

What Kind of Weekend are you celebrating? Planning the perfect weekend for an extravagant celebration? Maybe it’s your 20th wedding anniversary, a big job promotion, or a 21st birthday party. This isn’t your everyday weekend, you’ll be splurging for the best. Think charming city views, drinks by master mixologists, delicate desserts, delectable bakeries, snazzy jazz […]

Four Must-Try French Desserts in Greenwich Village

French Desserts in Greenwich Village

It’s no secret why the French are widely renowned for their food, especially their desserts. Upon walking into our Washington Square Hotel, you’ll quickly notice the European-themed décor, particularly reminiscent of 1920s France. Even though our hotel restaurant offers an eclectic array of desserts, we don’t necessarily specialize in the type of French treats that can […]

June is Unofficially THE Month for Visiting NYC Museums

Visiting NYC Museums Guggenheim during Museum Mile Festival

New York City is home to many of the world’s grandest museums, and June is unofficially the month for visiting NYC museums. The offerings of June make it easier than any other time of year to get a glimpse of the sublime, with many of the city’s top museums offering special events, extended hours and […]

The 5 Coolest Ice Cream Shops in Greenwich Village

5 Coolest Ice Cream Shops in Greenwich Village

Hot day, cool ice cream One of the easiest treats to enjoy when the New York City days start getting longer and hotter is sweet, creamy cool ice cream. The City is chock-full of delicious ice cream parlors with classic flavors as well as flavors most of us didn’t even know could be ice cream. […]


Manhattanhenge NYC

What exactly is Manhattanhenge? It’s a twice-yearly event during which the setting sun is aligned with the east-west streets of the main street grids in Manhattan. This perfectly-aligned event creates a solar display precisely framed by concrete buildings and steel skyscrapers. The view is rather spectacular! We New Yorkers love to celebrate unusual happenings and Manhattanhenge […]

Celebrating Bob Dylan and His Most Notable Accomplishments

Painting on Wall Celebrating Bob Dylan

In the 1960s, the music of Bob Dylan captured the imagination of a country in generational turmoil. As Bob Dylan approaches his 76th birthday the question remains, what does the leading poet of the 1960’s generation have to say to today’s generation? As we are celebrating Bob Dylan we remember the impact his music has had […]

Walk Through Washington Square Park History

Washington Square Park History tour Overhead View

We already told you about the guided tour of the flowers of Washington Square Park that took place yesterday with gardener extraordinaire, Kaslin Daniels. Now we want to let you know about a history-based tour with Sheryl Woodruff, the Community Development Director at the Washington Square Conservancy. Sheryl is a self-described, “nonprofit junkie, public historian, […]

Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo Guitarist

May 5th is Cinco de Mayo! We love our Mexican friends and want to celebrate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. That, and we love a good margarita. Here are a few cool things to do on Cinco de Mayo in NYC: Toloache is a renowned Mexican eatery […]

5 of the Best Places for Hard Cider in Greenwich Village

Blind Tiger Cider Shop Exterior Greenwich Village

Beating the cold and the heat New York City winters can be trying when the temperature drops into freezing—and New York City summers can be sweltering after the sun hits the asphalt for too long. Stopping for a mug in the 5 best places for hard cider in Greenwich Village is always welcome. Hard cider […]

5 of the Best Bookstores in Lower Manhattan

5 Best Bookstores in Lower Manhattan

Any great metropolitan area will give you your pick of the litter when it comes to bookstores. Sound like a strange assertion? It shouldn’t. Think about it: Portland has Powell’s City of Books, Minneapolis has Wild Rumpus, D.C. has Politics & Prose… the list goes on and on. Luckily for those of us in New […]

A Night At The Museum

Night at the Museum

Remember that movie? In the 2006 film, Ben Stiller played a night watchman at our American Museum of Natural History who discovers that the exhibits, animated by a magical Egyptian artifact, come to life at night. We’re not so sure about the coming to life part, but wouldn’t it be cool to spend the night […]

A Brief History of St. Patrick’s Day

History of St. Patrick's day at St. Patrick's Cathedral

It may as well be a New York City-citywide holiday the way we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. But do you know the scoop behind St. Patty’s and why it’s so special? Why do we in NYC, especially, make such a fuss about March 17th? Let’s take a look at a brief history of St. Patrick’s […]

6 of the Finest Irish Pubs in Greenwich Village and the East Village

NYC Irish Pubs

There’s nothing quite like a proper pour of Guinness from a quaint Irish establishment, especially in the spring (though really, anytime it can be appreciated). With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, one of your favorite Greenwich Village hotels has come up with a list of some of the finest Irish pubs in our […]

Walk in Bob Dylan’s Footsteps

Bob Dylan Walking Tour on Phone

Take a self-guided Dylan tour using an app We were just kicking around on the internet when we happened upon this cool freebie.  An interactive Bob Dylan self-guided Greenwich Village Walking Tour for your smartphone! Highlights include: The club he played in The Bitter End, a music club on Bleecker Street where Dylan often played in […]