Tag: Henry James

Ellen Emmet Rand, Artist and Villager

Ellen Emmet Rand was an American painter and illustrator during the first half of the 20th century who specialized in portraits.  Over the course of her career, she painted over 500 works, including the official portrait of Franklin Roosevelt. Apparently,

How Edith Wharton and Henry James Struck Up A Friendship Around Washington Square

On October 26, 1900, two great writers with ties to the Village began a correspondence that would spark a lifelong friendship…

Happy Birthday Greenwich Village Historic District!

Note: This is an updated version of a post originally written by Drew Durniak Map of the Greenwich Village Historic District. Click to enlarge. On April 29th, 1969, Mayor John Lindsay was still smarting from the botched cleanup of the

99 Years Ago: The Washington Square Arch Conspiracy, January 23, 1917

The Washington Square Arch in Washington Square Park is in some ways the heart of the Village. The white marble structure was designed by renowned architect Stanford White and built in 1890-1892. It replaced an earlier, temporary privately-funded arch, made of

The Tree of Heaven in Washington Square

I recently read the novella Washington Square for the first time, eager to see how this 1880 work by Henry James might paint the Square of olden days. Although the story was absorbing – centering on the relationship between a

My Favorite Things: Washington Square North

The iconic early 19th century rowhouses that flank the north side of Washington Square Park are in many a passersby’s mind synonymous with the early history of the neighborhood.  Originally, the whole block looked like this.  Developed in 1833 under

Katie Holmes Loves the Village!

In an article from the October issue of O Magazine actress Katie Holmes declares, “I love Greenwich Village.”Back in 2009 it was widely speculated that Holmes and her husband Tom Cruise purchased a $15 million townhouse at 42 West 12th