As we wind through the heart of Greenwich Village and its most picturesque streets you will hear some intriguing stories:
- Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, collected import taxes from ships at the foot of Gansevoort Street named after his maternal grandfather in the historic Meat Market.
- The High Line has been resurrected as New York’s “hanging garden” and is one of the most popular places to visit in New York City. It was put into service in 1930 as an elevated freight line to transport produce, including beef and poultry for the meat market. The last load of turkeys was delivered In 1980.
- The artists’ loft buildings at Westbeth where vacuum tubes and other 20th century electronics were developed.
- Jane St. where the mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton was taken after his duel with Aaron Burr.
- See the former rooming house where John Wilkes Booth tried to recruit another actor into his conspiracy to abduct President Lincoln.
- I will tell you of poets, writers, undiscovered artists and actors, such as James Baldwin, Heim Gross, Lauren Bacall, Richie Havens, and Bob Dylan.
- We pass through MacDougal Street, which is named for a pirate and later American patriot Alexander McDougal.
- If you like, we may stop at one of the Village coffee shops for refreshments.
- Finally, Washington Square Park where as a child I played in the fountain. At that same fountain, as a teenager, I listened to poetry recited by a giant, muscular, former world heavyweight contender known as King Brown. Where in the early 19thc the first labor protest brought out the militia and a quarter of a million marched in the 30’s against Fascism.
- Two centuries of architecture. From early 19th c. federal style town houses to a glass walled building by Frank Gehry.