Tag: Bastille Day

Echoes of Bastille Day in Greenwich Village

On July 14, 1789, the Storming of the Bastille was the galvanizing event that kicked off the French Revolution.  The Bastille was a fortress-prison that held both political prisoners and a cache of weapons.  By storming the oppressive structure, the

Bastille Day Remembrance: The South Village Was Once the Quartier Francaise

In honor of Bastille Day this Sunday, July 14, we here at Off the Grid thought we would take a look at the French Quarter, a small area south of Washington Square with a large French population in the latter

Happy Bastille Day!

We know that you all know it’s Bastille Day, but did you know that the South Village once had a large and lively French community?  The 1880 U.S. census showed that a large number of French immigrants were, at this