Greenwich Village history is not all artists and Bohemians. There is also a dark side. Come join my walk to hear more.


Washington Square


Abingdon Square


May 1, 1961 Protest at Washington Square

57 years ago in May the City said that people could not play music in Washington Square Park any more. I and many demonstrators marched. The first time the police beat people with their clubs. After several demonstrations they rescinded the order and to this day people are free to play music in Washington Square Park. This is a copy of the article in the NY Times.
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Notables on Horatio

Notables who have lived on Horatio Street, where I live with my wife Sherry Felix, in Greenwich Village, New York City:

The writer Clifford Odets at #80. Known for the book ” Waiting for Lefty.”

James Baldwin, #81, One of his books was, “Notes of a Native Son.”

Folk singer Richie Havens.

Singer Todd Rundgrin at #51

Artist Jackson Pollock lived on Horatio for a brief time back in the 1930’s

Sculptor Chaim Gross at #48, next to where I live. It used to be a fire house. I saw the actor, Anthony Quinn, go there for lessons in sculpture.

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Plaque commemorating his studio at 526 LaGuardia Place.Chaim_Gross_Plaque[1]

Links are to articles on Wikipedia.

Republic of Greenwich Village

 The 24th of this month will mark the 100th anniversary of the declaration of “The Independent Republic of Greenwich Village”. On the evening of January 24th 1917 a group of Greenwich Villagers and the artist Marcel Duchamp ascended the stairs in the Washington arch to a room at the top where they partied before going to the roof. They decorated the edges of the roof with colored crepe paper, shot off cap guns and declared the Independent Republic of Greenwich Village.

Washington Statue

There are two statues of Washington on either side of his arch at Washington Square Park, New York City. The one on the east side, depicting him in peace, was sculpted by Alexander Stirling Calder. His son, Alexander Calder, created the mobile. Stamford White designed the Arch.  #walkingtour #sightseeing #nyctours #nysights #newyorkwalks #marcsvillagewalk #greenwichvillage #nyhistory #history

Statue of Washington in the Arch by Sherry Felix June 2014

Statue of Washington in the Arch by Sherry Felix June 2014

Tour Highlights

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view from Gansevoort Hotel

As we wind through the heart of Greenwich Village and its most picturesque streets you will hear some intriguing stories: