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  • Touring Bleecker Street’s Diverse History

    Last week I took a break from my normal duties as GVSHP’s Director of Research and Preservation and led about forty people on a tour of Bleecker Street as part of the #ShopBleecker initiative of the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. I confess that […]

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  • In the Village Voice today – August 31, 1967

    With the recent news that the Village Voice will cease production of its print edition after a 62 year run, we thought we would take a look back and see what was in the Village Voice 50 years ago today…

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  • The Times They Are a-Changin: Village New Year’s Eve, Bob Dylan style!

    2016 is coming to an end. What better way to ring in the New Year than at some of Bob Dylan’s old haunts?  Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the most well known (including ones that have moved) so your New Year’s Eve […]

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  • Old Village Matchbooks

    A generous GVSHP supporter dropped off a fun treat to our offices a few weeks ago – old matchbooks from Greenwich Village bars and restaurants. They’re a philluminist’s dream! (Did you know that “philluminist” is the official term for a matchbook collector?) I love how […]

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  • Pete Seeger Anniversary

    Today marks the two year passing of folk music legend Pete Seeger. Seeger was an influential singer, songwriter, and civil rights and anti-war activist. Seeger also founded a nonprofit environmental organization in 1969, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, to advocate for the environmental clean up of the […]

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  • Joni Mitchell, in a Bleecker Street Cafe

    Happy 70th birthday, Joni Mitchell! We here at Off the Grid are obviously big fans of the Village folk scene of the 1960s, and today we’re thrilled to spotlight one of its biggest stars. Singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell was born on November 7, 1943 in Fort […]

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  • The exterior of Kenny's Castaways at 157 Bleecker Street.

    Storied Village Music Venue to Close

      Kenny’s Castaways, the music venue which has been located on Bleecker Street near Thompson Street since 1976, will stage its last performance tonight. Citing rising rents and a decreased audience, the storefront at 157 Bleecker will become a gastro pub that will also feature […]

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