Tag: Alphabet City

East Village Building Blocks Tour: Dry Dock District

Alphabet City owes much of its initial development to shipbuilding, the industry that used to dominate the area. Known as the Dry Dock District, this area used to bustle with thousands of workers building waterborne vessels, as well as in

Remembering Hurricane Sandy

On Monday, October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy a.k.a. “Superstorm Sandy” made landfall in New York. It was one of the most devastating natural disasters to ever hit New York. It inflicted $19 billion in damages and killed 43 people in New York City.

This Day in 1979: The Talking Heads’ ‘Life During Wartime’ is released

On this day in 1979, The Talking Heads released their single ‘Life During Wartime‘ from the album Fear of Music.  The song not only went on the be a classic of the band’s, the era, and the genre, but perhaps

Happy Birthday, John Leguizamo, Passionate Preservationist

John Lequizamo, arguably one of the Village’s funniest residents, was not always a preservationist.  As he remarked in a recent interview in the New York Times, his therapist recommended that he “get a hobby.”  The entertainment business is notoriously rife

A Brief History of “Rent”

On April 29, 1996, playwright Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical “Rent” made its Broadway debut at The Nederlander Theatre. As many Broadway show-goers and longtime East Village residents already know, “Rent” takes place in the heart

Sharpen Your Pencils: A History of 710 East 9th Street

Kids today still know what a pencil is and how to sharpen it, right? In any case, following the news of P.S. 64 we reported on earlier this week, we thought we’d take a look at another (even older) East

Map It! 7th Street Place

Next in the Map It! series is 7th Street Place, aka Leandert’s Place and St. Bridget’s Street, a long-lost alleyway on the Avenue B side of Tompkin’s Square Park between 7th and 8th Streets that angled toward the center of

Hard Luck Town: A 1930s Shantytown in the East Village

This post is the last of a four-part series called Everyday Lives, Ordinary People: A History of East Village Immigrants, a collaboration between GVSHP and the students in NYU’s Fall 2013 Intro to Public History course. Each group of students

From Swill Milk to Swell Milk; One Building That Shouldn’t Be Put Out to ‘Pasteur’

On Avenue C between 9th and 10th Streets sits a small, unassuming two-story garage.  Chances are you’ve walked past it and never even noticed it.  The large garage door with spray-painted “No Parking” message is less than inspiring.  However, this

Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, Musician Who Inspired Generations

Louisiana’s notorious Angola State Prison.  Folk singer Pete Seeger.  The Dry Dock District in Alphabet City.  The Library of Congress.  Kurt Cobain. Seemingly unrelated, right? Not exactly. They are all connected to legendary folk musician Huddie William “Lead Belly” Ledbetter,

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