Category: East Village

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

GVSHP Oral History: Paula DeLuccia Poons

GVSHP is excited to share our oral history collection with the public, highlighting some of the people and stories that make Greenwich Village and the East Village such unique and vibrant neighborhoods. Each of these histories includes the experiences and

Allen Ginsberg’s Kaddish Written Here

Over the past six months, GVSHP has participated in the CUNY Corp service-learning program that places students in paid internships throughout the City. GVSHP’s intern, Oluwaseun Eleyinafe, a Lehman College Senior, wrote the post below on Allen Ginsberg and his poem

Help us Solve Some Historic Photo Mysteries

Over 80 new historic photos taken by Carole Teller were recently added to the GVSHP Image Archive. Every time we add photos to our collection, we uncover some great stories, like when a woman emailed us that her mother was the

Elizabeth Jennings Graham — New York’s Rosa Parks, A Century Earlier

Continuing our celebration of Black History month, today we look at Elizabeth Jennings Graham, a woman who, in her simple quest to get to her church on East 6th Street sparked one of earliest challenges to institutionalized racial discrimination in

North America’s First Freed Black Settlement Right in our Neighborhood

In continuing our celebration of black history month, we have a new and exciting entry to our Civil Rights and Social Justice Map: North America’s First Freed Black Settlement.  According to historian Christopher Moore, the first legally emancipated community of

“Shampoo” and Other Inspirations Found on St. Mark’s Place

Shampoo, the iconic movie satire, is set on Election Day 1968, the day Richard Nixon was first elected President of the United States, and was released in 1975, soon after the Watergate scandal had reached its conclusion. The political atmosphere

Business of the Month – Russian & Turkish Baths, 268 East 10th Street

Your input is needed! Today we feature our latest Business of the Month — help us to select the next. Tell us which independent store you love in Greenwich Village, the East Village or NoHo: click here to nominate your favorite.  Want to help

Saluting Peter Cooper

Born on February 12, 1791, Peter Cooper left his mark on the world as a pioneering industrialist and inventor, and his mark on the Village as a great philanthropist.  Cooper began his career as a coachmaker’s apprentice, although he had only one year of formal

A Landmark From the Heyday of Yiddish Theater That Still Stands Today

Many New Yorkers are still reeling from the closure and impending demolition of the Landmark Sunshine Theater on East Houston Street.  Just outside of GVSHP’s catchment area, the Landmarks Sunshine was a beloved institution which had served up independent cinema

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