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The Exploding Plastic Inevitable featuring the Velvet Underground

On April 1, 1966, the Velvet Underground and Nico began their residency at 19-25 St. Mark’s Place in the space that would become the Electric Circus, as part of Andy Warhol’s ‘Exploding Plastic Inevitable.’  It was this month-long series of

The Bones of Old New York: Rick Kelly’s Carmine Street Guitars

If only these old bones could talk!  Well, in the case of Rick Kelly and his amazing craft, the old bones can indeed talk, or sing, if you will.  Rick Kelly is a luthier who crafts bespoke guitars from the

Viewers Choice: Top 5 GVSHP Program Videos of 2018

Each year, GVSHP hosts more than sixty public programs. They cover our neighborhoods from the western edge of Greenwich Village to the easternmost reaches of the East Village.  Topics cover a diverse range of areas including rock and roll, restoring

Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground’s Last Show and Album at Max’s

The Village’s misfits, we know quite well, are very dedicated, special kinds of misfits. Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground certainly fall into this category. Everyone remembers when they were unknown, fighting for their unusual sounds and visions, giving voice

The Velvet Underground Make Some White Light and White Heat

On January 30, 1968, the Velvet Underground released their second studio album, White Light/White Heat.  Following the band’s first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, released in 1967, the band parted ways with manager Andy Warhol and vocalist Nico. White Light/White Heat came out

On This Day: Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side”

Today marks forty-four years since the release of Lou Reed’s classic paean to downtown New York, and some of the more prominent characters that occupied that space and time, Walk on the Wild Side. the original single At the time,

Farewell to Al Orensanz, a Lower East Side Cultural Hero

Today GVSHP pays its respects to Al Orensanz, the Director of the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the past 30 years, who passed away on Saturday, July 23. Al, along with his brother Angel, was a cultural hero in New York

Happy Birthday Lou Reed

Famed Rock n Roll legend and Greenwich Village icon, Lou Reed, was born on March 2, 1942. Reed grew up on Long Island and moved to New York City at the early age of twenty and co-founded the groundbreaking band

On This Day: Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”

Lou Reed’s classic paean to downtown New York and some of the more prominent characters that occupied that space and time, Walk on the Wild Side, was released on November 8, 1972. At the time, Walk on the Wild Side was

Coming Soon — Greenwich Village Stories

GVSHP works to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo in many different ways.  Landmark designations and zoning protections, though challenging to secure, can at least ensure the perpetuation of that special physical fabric.  But

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