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  • King’s Assassination Began Fifteen Year Quest for a National Holiday

    On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Witnesses point towards the fleeing gunman moments after King was shot. This ended the life of one of the 20th century’s most […]

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  • Black History Month in the Village: African-American & LGBT Historic Sites

    February is Black History Month.  We here at GVSHP are celebrating it by highlighting different sites of significance to the African-American community within our neighborhoods.  We’re focusing on sites found on our new Civil Rights & Social Justice Map, discussing their connections to African-American History and […]

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  • In Old Greenwich Village

    I recently came across a book printed in 1894 by Thomas A. Janvier entitled In Old New York.  The section on Greenwich Village contained a treasure trove of illustrations, some of which could be compared to views of today. However, before I get to the images, […]

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  • It Happened Here: 80’s Music Videos, Part Deux

    It’s been over four years since the original It Happened Here: 80’s Music Videos graced the pages of Off The Grid.  But like all good sequels, this one hopes to be worth the wait. These last dog days of summer often make one think of their […]

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  • June is Gay Pride Month

    This year’s Gay Pride Month certainly got off to an auspicious start with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission finally agreeing to consider the Stonewall Inn for individual landmark designation — a proposal GVSHP has been spearheading for the last year and a half […]

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  • King’s Assassination Began Fifteen Year Quest for a National Holiday

    Forty-five years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. This ended the life of one of the 20th century’s most revered and influential figures.  It also began a fifteen year campaign […]

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  • Is Gay Street really ‘gay’?

    It’s one of the quaintest and most intriguing streets in the West Village.  It’s located just a block from the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.  And as Off the Grid favorite Jerry Seinfeld would say, it’s thin, clean, and neat. […]

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