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  • The Women’s House of Detention

    To walk by the verdant, lush garden behind the graceful Jefferson Market Library today, one can scarcely imagine that it was once the site of an eleven-story prison, the notorious Women’s House of Detention. The latest addition to the GVSHP Civil Rights and Social Justice […]

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  • 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 revolutionaries were not only able […]

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  • Let Me Introduce To You: Sgt. Pepper’s Greenwich Village Band

    The classic Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, considered by many the greatest and most influential rock album of all time, has received a lot of attention recently with the 50th anniversary of its release (May 26 in the U.K., and June 2 […]

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  • April 19, 1927: Mae West Sentenced on Morals Charges at Jefferson Market Courthouse

    “Miss West, are you trying to show contempt for this court?” “On the contrary, your Honor,” Mae sweetly responded. “I was doin’ my best to conceal it.” Known for her easy, breezy banter, laden with double entendre, Mae West was a force to be reckoned […]

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