Tag: Greenwich Village

Lady Gaga’s Greenwich Village

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is a born and raised New Yorker. While she spent most of her early years growing up on the Upper West Side, she owes some of her breakout …

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How Greenwich Village and the East Village Launched the 19th Century Hebrew Free School Movement

Nineteenth-century Jewish immigrant life in New York is well-documented, when massive waves of Jews, first from Germany and then from Eastern Europe, began to flood into the city.  This made New York the largest Jewish city by population in the …

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Storefronts in Historic Districts — What You Need to Know

Stores and commercial spaces provide important services, products, jobs, and character to our neighborhoods and communities. Small businesses in landmarked buildings and historic districts have many wonderful assets, while also having NYC Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) rules to follow. The …

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Former Schools of Greenwich Village and the East Village

Now that school is back in session and summer weather is having its last hurrahs, we’re all either living by the bell or remembering the days when we did.  So many schools in our neighborhoods have come and gone over …

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Mae West learned “the best way to behave is to misbehave” in Greenwich Village

Mae West is well known as being one of America’s earliest and biggest Hollywood starlets. But the struggles of her early years trying to make it big in the Big Apple are less well known.  Many of those took place …

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Oral History: Preservation Leader Margot Gayle

GVSHP shares our oral history collection with the public, highlighting some of the people and stories that make Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo such unique and vibrant neighborhoods. Each includes the experiences and insights of leaders or long-time …

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Making Way for Ducklings in a Greenwich Village Bathtub

One day in 1939, famed writer and illustrator Robert McCloskey took a trip to a market near his Greenwich Village apartment and left with a group of live ducklings in tow. He brought them to his home at 280 West …

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Village Rallies for NAACP, with Lorraine Hansberry

Politics and rallies have always been an integral part of the DNA of Greenwich Village. On particularly significant rally of note took place on June 13, 1959.  Dubbed “Village Rallies for NAACP,” it took place in Washington Square Park, and …

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The Man Who Sculpted Our Image of Abraham Lincoln

On May 30th, 1922, fifty-seven years after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, over 35,000 people gathered at the western end of the National Mall in Washington D.C. to see him once again. Sitting within the grand, neoclassical Lincoln Memorial building designed …

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The Bitter End, 2019 Village Awardee

People commonly note that Bleecker Street is a far cry from what it was half a century ago, with high-end retail chains replacing its bohemian past. But, thankfully, a few stars of that era have stayed alive, including the well-known …

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