Author: Matthew Morowitz

Ernest Flagg Roundup!

On November 12th, 1968, Firehouse Engine Co. 33 at 44 Great Jones Street was designated a New York City landmark.  The design of the firehouse, a “distinguished example of French Beaux Arts architecture,” is attributed to architect Ernest Flagg.  Flagg

Many Layers of History at 7th Avenue and 11th Street

This post is part of a series about Village intersections that correspond to the date.  In July, we took a look at 7th Avenue and 12th Street and discussed the former St. Vincent’s Hospital.  Yet, just a block down on 11th

Halloween Has Gone to the Dogs!

The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade has been a much-loved event in the East Village since the 1990s.  This year’s parade was initially canceled, but then moved to the East River Park Amphitheater. 

Basque & Bank

October 25th is the Day of the Basque Country, the national holiday of the Basque Autonomous Community.  But did you know that 82 Bank Street was once a major hub for the Basque community in NYC?

Gay Activist Alliance Headquarters Bombed

On October 15, 1974, the Gay Activist Alliance Firehouse, located in SoHo at 99 Wooster Street, was bombed. 

Coming Out, and Going Out, in the Village

October 11th is National Coming Out Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness and visibility of the LGBT community through the process of “coming out,” or identifying one’s LGBT identity to friends, family, and others.  In the Village, what better

Lost Saints of the Village

The Village is hallowed ground, and much like any sacred space, its landscape is marked by holy figures.  For our neighborhoods, these figures are the architecture, and we even have our own “saints.”  Yet, while these saints are often canonized

Remembering General Slocum, the man

On September 24, 1827, Union General Henry Slocum was born.  Though the namesake of the steamship fire that became one of the largest losses of life in NYC history (second only to 9/11), General Slocum the man was also an

Villagers, (Pumpkin) Spice Up Your Life!

The fall equinox is this weekend, ushering in the start of autumn. As we all know, autumn has a flavor, and that flavor is pumpkin spice.  A mixture generally consisting of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice, in the 21st

Many Layers of History at 9th Street and 5th Avenue

This post is part of a series about Village intersections that correspond to the date. September is here and a new month means a new corresponding Village intersection!  Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue is now the site of several large

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