Author: Matthew Morowitz

Smells Like The Pyramid Club

Nirvana is one of the most influential alternative rock bands of all time.  They helped to popularize this genre of music and brought the Washington State grunge scene that emerged in the 1980’s-90’s to the masses.  Though most closely associated

An Unusual Resident for An Unusual House: Richard Harding Davis and 108 Waverly Place

In the course of our research about buildings and events in our neighborhood, we often come upon some unusual characters and stories.  One which certainly qualifies is Richard Harding Davis, an American journalist and writer of fiction and drama born on

Many layers of history at the corner of 4th and 12th

The 12th of April isn’t a particularly special day of the year, but the spots around 4th Ave. and 12th St. are some special locations themselves.  In honor of today’s date, we are taking a look at some of the

From Condemned Land to National Monument: Christopher Park

Christopher Park has come a long way; beginning its life as a condemned parcel of land on April 5, 1837, the park was born, transformed, and eventually born again as a National Monument.  The park is public space, historic space,

Gerde’s Folk City: The End of a Greenwich Village Icon

Gerde’s Folk City was a Greenwich Village music venue central to the folk and rock scenes in this neighborhood for a quarter century.  Though always moving locations, the club finally came to an end on March 27, 1987 after an

Snow and the City

Only three months into the year and we have already experienced four Nor’easters here in NYC! Though a definite inconvenience, snow is nothing new to New Yorkers, and many have stories and memories of other winter woes from years gone

Be Aware! The Ides of March and the Village

Beware the Ides of March! Though Caesar may have had cause to worry, thankfully the Village is a little more manageable than the Roman Republic.  However, that doesn’t mean this Ides we can’t be aware of it with our own

The Founding of Our Lady of Pompeii

On March 7th, 1898, Our Lady of Pompeii Church was incorporated as a separate parish.  This South Village icon has been serving the neighborhood since 1926, but Our Lady of Pompeii has been a part of the Village since 1892. 

Many Layers of History between 3rd and 2nd Avenues

Scratch the sidewalk anywhere in the Village or East Village and you’ll always find interesting layers of history.  Last month, we went out on a limb and talked about 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street in honor of February 2nd (2/2), but

President’s Day Roundup!

Happy President’s Day! Though the Village is only one neighborhood in our great, big country (though ask any resident and they will say the Village should be its own country!), it has some distinct connections to several few of our

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