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  • This Day in 1979: The Talking Heads’ ‘Life During Wartime’ is released

    On this day in 1979, The Talking Heads released their single ‘Life During Wartime‘ from the album Fear of Music.  The song not only went on the be a classic of the band’s, the era, and the genre, but perhaps no song better captured the […]

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  • Happy Birthday, John Leguizamo, Passionate Preservationist

    Happy Birthday, John Leguizamo, Passionate Preservationist

    John Lequizamo, arguably one of the Village’s funniest residents, was not always a preservationist.  As he remarked in a recent interview in the New York Times, his therapist recommended that he “get a hobby.”  The entertainment business is notoriously rife with stress, and Mr. Leguizamo […]

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  • A Brief History of “Rent”

    On April 29, 1996, playwright Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical “Rent” made its Broadway debut at The Nederlander Theatre. As many Broadway show-goers and longtime East Village residents already know, “Rent” takes place in the heart of the East Village during […]

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  • Sharpen Your Pencils: A History of 710 East 9th Street

    Kids today still know what a pencil is and how to sharpen it, right? In any case, following the news of P.S. 64 we reported on earlier this week, we thought we’d take a look at another (even older) East Village school later converted to […]

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  • Map It! 7th Street Place

    Next in the Map It! series is 7th Street Place, aka Leandert’s Place and St. Bridget’s Street, a long-lost alleyway on the Avenue B side of Tompkin’s Square Park between 7th and 8th Streets that angled toward the center of the block behind Nos. 183 […]

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  • Hard Luck Town: A 1930s Shantytown in the East Village

    This post is the last of a four-part series called Everyday Lives, Ordinary People: A History of East Village Immigrants, a collaboration between GVSHP and the students in NYU’s Fall 2013 Intro to Public History course. Each group of students was tasked with researching the […]

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  • From Swill Milk to Swell Milk; One Building That Shouldn’t Be Put Out to ‘Pasteur’

    On Avenue C between 9th and 10th Streets sits a small, unassuming two-story garage.  Chances are you’ve walked past it and never even noticed it.  The large garage door with spray-painted “No Parking” message is less than inspiring.  However, this building was once witness to […]

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  • Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, Musician Who Inspired Generations, Died 63 Years Ago Today

    Louisiana’s notorious Angola State Prison.  Folk singer Pete Seeger.  The Dry Dock District in Alphabet City.  The Library of Congress.  Kurt Cobain. Seemingly unrelated, right? Not exactly. They are all connected to legendary folk musician Huddie William “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, who died from Lou Gehrig’s […]

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  • A Hidden East Village Gallery

    Walking down the quiet, shady block of East 3rd Street between Avenues C and D, the last thing you would expect to stumble upon is an art gallery.  But look no further than number 292 where you will find a community gallery, founded by squatters, […]

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  • Remembering the Toy Tower

    Many of you may remember the unusual, eclectic toy tower that once stood in the 6th & B Community Garden on Avenue B and East 6th Street.  The East Village has a wealth of community gardens and 6th & B is definitely one of the […]

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