Greenwich Village is home to one of the best New York attractions—Washington Square Park—but there's more to do during the day in the neighborhood. Check out an art gallery or a free museum, and make sure to take a leisurely stroll around the quaint Village streets. We recommend Washington Mews (between Fifth Ave and University Pl above Washington Sq Park North). Built as carriage houses in the 19th century, the Mews are now owned by NYU and open to the public only during the daytime.
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Located in the former site of the Food and Maritime Trades High School, this center for the LGBT community was established in 1983 and is now the second-largest center of its kind wordwide. It hosts meetings and events for more than 300 groups and receives more than 6,000 visitors weekly.Read more
Though the city's made up of five boroughs, it has just three public library systems. The largest—the NYPL—runs all libraries in Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx. Hours at the branches vary wildly, but all have a dedicated section of children's books, and many a separate room for the use of kids up to fifth grade. Storytimes, craft and cultural projects, and poetry writing workshops are just some of the offerings on tap; check the website (nypl.org) for detailed information on each branch.Read more
Tracing its roots back to a congregration formerly based in what is now the Waverly Theater, St. John's in the Village is now housed in a modern building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright student Edgar Tafel, and is outfitted with lighting that helps its nave double as a theater space. Equipped with a handsome Austrian organ built in 1970, the church has a lively music program and hosts occasional concerts by outside presenters.Read more