Jefferson Market Then and Now


Jefferson Market Library

Come visit what might be the most fascinating and complex block in NYC in terms of evolution — from food market to jail to garden and from courthouse to library, all on a small triangular block in Greenwich Village! Jane's Walk will discuss the Commissioners' Plan of 1811 at the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle, where you will clearly see the street grid clashing with the older street system of the Village. And you will explore issues of NYC landmark preservation — the library building was saved in 1961, two years before Penn Station was torn down and four years before the Landmarks Preservation Commission was created. How did this happen? This walk will include a visit to Patchin Place (home of poet and Village activist E. E. Cummings and many other notables) and West 11th Street (described by Jane Jacobs to be the ideal urban block in her masterpiece The Death and Life of Great American Cities). This neighborhood is rich in history, architecture and stories.

May 5, 2017, 1:00 PM, 1.5 Hours

May 6, 2017, 11:00 AM, 1.5 Hours

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