New York City, New York audio tour: INFINITE CITY #1: Artists, Eccentrics and Botanics in the Heart of the Village

INFINITE CITY #1: Artists, Eccentrics and Botanics in the Heart of the Village

Walking Tour

25 mins

About the Tour

INFINITE CITY is a series of walking tours exploring New York City in endless detail. And this is the first tour in the series.

On this thirty-minute tour, we’ll walk two loops around a section of Greenwich Village. Each successive trip around the block reveals another layer of information about the people, buildings and trees surrounding you. First, you’ll meet the artists, eccentrics and visionaries who lived on this block, including Henry James, Jackson Pollock and the founder of the Whitney Museum. Then, on the second loop, you’ll uncover the history hidden within the botanics of this place, and the unique stories behind each species of tree that lines these streets.

Join us on a walking tour unlike any other where, by putting this city block under a microscope, you'll learn about:

• The mass grave beneath the park
• The park’s public hangings
• Druids and tree worship in the city
• Author Henry James’ connection to the block
• The last alleys in New York, and where to find them
• The origin of two of the city’s greatest museums

Each tour in the INFINITE CITY series is an accumulation of a particular place’s memories, and an obsessive compendium of its often overlooked minutiae. Keep a look out for the release of Tour #2 on VoiceMap’s app soon!

Tour Producer


Akiva Saunders

Akiva Saunders is a New York City teacher who uses technology and software to explore the frontiers of education. He is the chair of Latin at the Latin/Greek Institute, a teacher in the NYC public school system and a founder of Spectacle Theater, a microcinema in Brooklyn now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Major Landmarks

  • Washington Square Park

  • Whitney Museum

  • Greenwich Village

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins at the north side of Washington Square Park, across the street from the marble arch. When you find the arch, cross the street and stand facing the park with the arch slightly to your left. You’ll be at the northwest corner of 5th Avenue and Washington Square Park North. Nearby subways include the A, B, C, D, E, F, M, R, W and 6 lines.

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Places to stop along the way

Stumptown Coffee, Amelie Wine Bar, South of the Clouds Chinese restaurant.

Best time of day



Stay aware of traffic, especially bicyclists who can come from both directions.


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INFINITE CITY #1: Artists, Eccentrics and Botanics in the Heart of the Village