Tag: South Village

Caffe Reggio: A Village Respite for 92 Years

You will be hard pressed to find an establishment in New York City that has survived for as long as 92 years!  Well my friends, Caffe Reggio has earned that distinction.  Located at 119 MacDougal Street and celebrating its birthday …

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Tiro a Segno, a Fixture in the Italian South Village

Located in the heart of the South Village and the South Village Historic District is the oldest continuing South Village Italian organization, Tiro a Segno, today located at 77 MacDougal Street. It has been at this location since 1924 and …

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The Pepper Pot Inn, “The Realest Thing in Bohemian Atmosphere”

When searching through the chronicles of Greenwich Village history, some things almost seem too Village-y to be true, with all their quirky details and theatrical anecdotes. A prime example: The Pepper Pot Inn at 146 West 4th Street, a 1920s …

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Dr. Simon Baruch and the Bathhouse Movement

The buildings we pass in our neighborhoods can offer windows into some rather specific aspects of New York history, and the interesting figures involved in the city’s development. One prominent example is what we can learn from some buildings in …

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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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If Beale Street Could Talk’s West Village Scenes

If Beale Street Could Talk is the newest release from award-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins. The film is Jenkins’s adaptation of a novella by James Baldwin of the same name. The story, based in 1970s New York City, is about mother-and-wife-to-be …

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Gay Activist Alliance Headquarters Bombed

On October 15, 1974, the Gay Activist Alliance Firehouse, located in SoHo at 99 Wooster Street, was bombed. 

“Papa” Luigi Fagazy: Pillar of the South Village

An important figure within New York’s Italian immigrant communities was the padrone — a middleman acting on behalf of his compatriots, helping them with advice, assistance, and protection. Padrone actually means “boss or lord,” and some may have abused their power …

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Remembering Romana Raffetto, South Village Pasta and Sauce Maven, Neighbor

We at GVSHP were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Romana Raffetto of Raffetto’s Fresh Pasta, located at 144 West Houston Street. She was a great friend to GVSHP over the years, supporting South Village preservation efforts and providing …

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