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  • Murder He Wrote: Gruesome Tragedies That Shook the Village

    Friday the 13th in October tends to bring to mind more thoughts of ghouls and goblins than Greenwich Village, but that doesn’t mean the neighborhood hasn’t had its fair share of historic horrors.  Jason may have taken Manhattan in the film franchise of the same […]

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  • Happy Birthday, Charlie Parker

    On this day in 1920, Charles Parker Jr. was born in Kansas City, Kansas.  A towering figure in American jazz, he spent his final years in New York, and lived at 151 Avenue B, in a now-landmarked building often referred to as the “Charlie Parker House,” […]

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  • LGBT History in All Corners of the Village: East Village

    This is the latest post in our Pride Month series, read the first on the West Village here. June is Pride Month, which makes it especially exciting time to be in the Village.  LGBT history is closely tied with our neighborhoods, and throughout the course […]

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  • Frank O’Hara’s East Village

    This post is adapted and updated from an earlier Off the Grid post written by Karen Loew in 2014. On June 10, 2014, GVSHP and Two Boots Foundation had the great pleasure of marking, with a commemorative plaque, the home of poet Frank O’Hara at […]

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  • Village Parks and Gardens Round-Up

    Autumn is in the air here in the Village! As the leaves start to change and the air becomes cooler and more crisp, what better way to enjoy than out and about in some Greenwich Village greenspace?  In addition to providing some bucolic backdrop, the […]

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  • Business of the Month: Ray’s Candy Store, 113 Avenue A

    Your input is needed! Today we feature our latest Business of the Month — and we need your help selecting the next. Tell us which independent store you love in Greenwich Village, the East Village or NoHo: just click here to vote for your favorite.  […]

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  • The Tompkins Square Park Riots of 1988

    Police brutality, class warfare, gentrification — today these are hot button topics, both nationally and in New York City.  But 29 years ago today frustrations over these issues converged in the form of protest and riots in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. These protests reflected somewhat […]

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  • The HOWL! Festival

    Historically, the Village and East Village have always been the place for artists, writers, performers, and a slew of other creatives in New York City, a fact that is widely celebrated as one of the area’s defining characteristics.  The HOWL! Festival is a celebration of […]

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  • ‘Tis the Season

    December is chock full of holidays and no shortage of holiday tree lightings, carol singing events, and much more to help you celebrate the season. The trees are already up and alight in Tompkins Square Park and Abingdon Square Park, but there are plenty more […]

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  • Get your Fruit, Veggies, and Milk in Tompkins Square Park

    Last weekend, GVSHP, GrowNYC, and the East Village Parks Conservancy teamed up to create an exhibit that explores the history of Tompkins Square Park and its current function as a NYC greenmarket site. Don’t worry if you missed it. The exhibit will pop up again […]

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