The Statue of Liberty, an enduring symbol of the hope America provides for its immigrants. The base is inscribed with a passage from the poem The New Colossas by Emma Lazarus, who was also a Villager. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Photo courtesy of avvo.com.
Immigration is a core theme in the history of New York City, and in the Village this is reflected in both the architecture and remaining and past cultural enclaves. People from all over the world come to our neighborhoods, adding to the vibrancy and life within them. We here at GVSHP are proud of and celebrate the Village’s history of immigration and the legacy it has left behind. Below is a roundup of some of our stories about immigration, historic cultural communities, and the changing faces of a neighborhood made richer by its openness to new peoples and ideas.
Sullivan Thompson Historic District. Image courtesy of newyorkyimby.com
Here are some general posts about immigration and the Village neighborhoods:
Sullivan-Thompson, a District of Immigrants
Immigrant Stories – America’s Greatest Asset
When They Stemmed the Flow of Immigrants into New York City
Immigration and the Village
Ottendorfer Library-German Dispensary.
The East Village was once home to the largest German community in the world outside of Germany. Read more about the community of Kleindeutschland, or “Little Germany,” here:
Ottendorfer Library Landmark Designation
Walking East 7th Street: Decatur Place to Kleindeutschland
Remembering the General Slocum Tragedy
Landmarks50: Germania Fire Insurance Company Bowery Building
The Synagogues of East 6th Street
Looking Up: The Stuyvesant Polyclinic
The Libraries of Greenwich Village and the East Village
Looking Up: East Village Target Practice
Germania Theatre Then & Now
From Singing to Sofas: The History of the Burger-Klein Building
Brunswick Apotheke, Englehardt & Huber, Kiehl’s Since 1851
The Busts of Little Germany
Landmark Designation of the Ottendorfer Library 1st Floor Interior
Ukrainian Museum. Photo courtesy of Flickr.com.
The East Village is also home to a large Ukrainian community; learn more about that history below:
Little Ukraine in the East Village
Spotlight On the Ukrainian Museum: Ukrainian Art and Culture in the East Village
Happy Dyngus Day!
Image courtesy of Amazon.
The history of the South Village is particularly tied with Italian-Americans in New York City:
Italians of the South Village
Vesuvio Playground: A Haven for the South Village
Tenements of the South Village
St. Anthony of Padua
A Catholic leader for the South Village
In its long history the Village has seen many other cultural enclaves and communities settle within its borders. There are too many to name, and probably many more we still have yet to cover, but below are a few of our posts that highlight the cultural communities that had settled into, and some can still be found, within the neighborhoods:
Celebrating Hispanic Culture in the Heart of the Old Little Spain
Program Recap: The Origins of Little Spain and The Whitney Museum
Our Irish Heritage
Ninety-Eight Years Ago, Puerto Rican Migration to the Lower East Side Begins
Europe and Greenwich Village
Little India in the East Village
Lost Neighborhoods of New York: Goulash Row