A letter I wrote was published in our local West View, July 2018:
On Gansevoort street between Hudson and Greenwich streets the original 150-year-old paving stones are being replaced by crudely cut multi colored stones with a band of black stones running down the middle. The Meatpacking District is a historic district and the original cobble stones should have been retained. I have seen in the past when these streets are dug up, instead of lifting these stones up a large cutting wheel just cuts right thru them.
These new multi colored stones look out of place here and have no business being put into a historic area. The original stones have a very high value. Where did they go? Who is making money by installing these cheap garish new stones and whose paying?
New Cobbles at Gansevoort Street, June 2018
The cobbles on Gansevoort Street looked like this
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 After several demonstrations they rescinded the order and to this day people are free to play music in Washington Square Park.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.
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.
Plaque commemorating his studio at 526 LaGuardia Place.
Links are to articles on Wikipedia.
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.
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
Alexander Hamilton, first treasurer of the United States, expired here in Greenwich Village, NY, after his duel with Aaron Burr. I will show you where and tell you more during my tour.
In addition to my website you may now book Marc’s Village Walking Tours on Viator. The Fall weather is perfect for walks. Hope to see some of you soon.
Jefferson Court Library, NYC 3/28/2016 by Sherry Felix
view from Gansevoort Hotel
As we wind through the heart of Greenwich Village and its most picturesque streets you will hear some intriguing stories: