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The Duplex: NYC’s Longest Running Cabaret Bar

The Duplex is the superstar of Seventh Avenue South and Christopher Street, with its name shining bright for all to see. A broad variety of shows takes place here, from campy drag acts to piano balladeers to intimate performances by …

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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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Oral History: Maria Kenny of Kenny’s Castaway

In 1977, Pat Kenny opened Kenny’s Castaways at 157 Bleecker Street, a “dusty and dim New York music club” which for 36 years welcomed some of the most iconic performers in music. The legendary venue closed its doors in 2012, …

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Merce Cunningham’s Centennial: Leaping into 100

Villager, dancer, and choreographer Merce Cunningham is an artist whose work continues to live vibrantly in 2019, which marks Cunningham’s centennial. The Merce Cunningham Centennial is celebrating a century of artistic expression through events, presentations, and discussions about Merce, dance, …

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New Oral Histories Highlight Yiddish Theater Walk of Fame

GVSHP is a proud leader and co-founder of the Friends of the Abe Lebewohl Yiddish Theater Walk of Fame.  As part of our ongoing efforts to celebrate and preserve this incredible historic resource, we are sharing with the public two …

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Tell Your Story for Urban Archive’s “My Archive”

If you’re not familiar with the Urban Archive App, now is a great time to delve into it.  GVSHP has partnered with Urban Archive extensively, and we’re adding one more way, which is centered around YOU. So much of what …

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Woody Guthrie’s New York Comes Alive

Folk music icon Woody Guthrie was a little man with beady eyes – as described by his second wife Marjorie, though she had imagined him to be taller, strapping, and more like a proper cowboy than he was. Perhaps it …

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Oral Histories on the Founding of An Artists’ Colony, A Prison Reform Organization, and So Much More

GVSHP has been conducting and sharing oral histories since the mid-1990s.  As we look back on two powerhouse oral histories, we’re considering the importance of such documents as “the first kind of history,” as “part of the struggle of memory …

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Otis Kidwell Burger, Who’s Seen the Village From Suffrage to Luxury

West Village history can’t be said to live in any one person, but Otis Kidwell Burger has seen a great deal of it, and holds a great deal more in her family tree. She grew up with abolitionists and suffragists, …

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Happy Birthday, Tom Bernardin!

Our good friend Tom Bernardin was born on this day in 1948.  A longtime resident of the West Village, Tom is perhaps best known as the “unofficial” historian of Julius’ Bar, and is also a contributor to our oral history collection.

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