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.
Six historic LGBTQ sites are on the process towards becoming designated landmarks. Two are here in the Village! Caffe Cino at 31 Corenila Street and LGBT Community Center at 208 West 13th Street have been long-serving hubs for empowering LGBTQ folk in New York City.
Craig Rodwell's reports to the press about the Stonewall Riots has helped established the Riots as one of the turning-point events in the gay rights movement. Also, with creating the first bookstore dedicated to gay literature, Rodwell's activism around the Greenwich Village will always be remembered.
Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera: The First-Ever Transgender Activists to Receive A Public-Permanent Monument
For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, New York City will be honoring LGBTQ activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera with public monuments. They will become the first-ever Transgender activists to receive permanent-public monuments worldwide. The monument’s proposed location is at the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle, just a few blocks away from the scene of the Stonewall riots and emergence of the LGBTQ rights movement.
The FREE Village Alliance Walking Tours return on June 1st! Discover the artistic, political and progressively social history of Greenwich Village and why it remains a cultural melting pot. The Village has been, and remains a bohemian capitol, an artistic and literary center, hub of the modern LGBT movement and one of the birthplaces of the Beat and 60s counter culture movements.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911 was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city, and one of the deadliest in US history.