One of New York City’s most iconic annual events takes place right here in Greenwich Village. Every October 31st, costumed revelers and giant paper mache puppets march up 6th Avenue in the Annual Village Halloween Parade. Village residents and Halloween lovers look forward to parade every year, putting together elaborate costumes to impress the onlookers that line the parade route. It’s a tradition unique to Greenwich Village and helps preserve the neighborhood’s reputation as a home for creative minds.
National Hispanic Heritage Month begins Tuesday, September 15th and runs through Thursday, October 15th. This month is designated as a time to celebrate “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America,” according to the Library of Congress. This is an especially exciting time for New York City, whose Hispanic and Latinx communities have helped shape the city’s history since the beginning of the colonial era.
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Electric Lady Studios opened its doors for business on August 27, 1970. Jimi Hendrix walked through the street-level door at 52 West 8th Street and turned it into an artist’s paradise. Electric Lady Studios was the guitarist's own state-of-the-art recording facility, and he had personally supervised many of its psychedelic details, like the mural of an elfin woman at the console of a spaceship. The studio where subsequent music legends like Stevie Wonder and Black Sabbath went to record was described by studio architect John Storyk as a dream for Hendrix.
There are countless favorite moments from marches that have passed through our neighborhood; our photos capture some of our favorites from our West 8th Street vantage point. Share yours with us and we will add them to our gallery!
As the sidewalk ballet performances come to a stop due to the COVID-19 crisis, reminisce in Greenwich Village's most-loved urban activist, Jane Jacobs, and celebrate Jane’'s Walk NYC from home.
Greenwich Village has served as a home to an abundance of influential women throughout history. From playwright Lorraine Hansberry to LGBTQ rights activist Edie Windsor to former-First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. As the weather warms this month, take a tour of Greenwich Village and honor the legacies of honorable women.
African Americans have contributed greatly to the history of Greenwich Village. From Marsha P. Johnson’s efforts in the Stonewall Uprising to Angela Davis’ radical speak-outs against the Women’s House of Detention, the Village has been heavily impacted by the work of the Black community.
Archtober, NYC’s architecture and design month features hundreds of events, tours, and exhibitions organized by the Center for Architecture in collaboration with over 80 partners and sponsors. The ninth-annual installment of Archtober gathers events ranging from daily building tours and lectures by design experts, to architecture-themed competitions and parties.
The Village Trip festival returns for its second year, a four-day celebration of Greenwich Village - West and East - with its worldwide influence on music, theater, visual art, literature and poetry, genre bending performance, and social activism. The Village is where, a century before Starbucks, there was always music in the cafés at night and revolution in the air and where being “different” has always been something to celebrate. For the four festival days, September 26 – 29, the Village will be en fête, with bars, cafés and local stores offering special deals to Village Trippers.
As the U.S. was undergoing a “transition from a national war economy to an international consumer society”, Greenwich Village became popular for a new type of go-to-spot: lesbian bars and nightclubs run by the Mafia.