My tour covers Native Americans up to today — a Greenwich Village history tour led by a native Villager. A small group will be escorted through the Greenwich Village Streets of early 19th Century Town Houses.
The walk takes approximately two hours. Meet up at the northwest corner of 8th Avenue and 14th Street or at a prearranged location convenient to clients.
Stories of the artists, writer, and politically active personalities of Greenwich Village, New York City. From the “castle” of great Native American Sachems, the scandals of the founding fathers of the republic to the hangouts of artists, writers and gangsters of Greenwich Village.
As we wind through the heart of Greenwich Village and its picturesque streets, I’ll tell you some intriguing stories:
- Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, collected excise taxes from ships at the foot of Gansevoort Street named after his maternal grandfather in the historic Meat Market.
- The High Line — resurrected as New York’s “hanging garden” which is one of the most popular visited places in New York City. It was put into service in 1930 as an elevated freight line to transport produce; such as, beef and poultry for the meat market. The last load of turkeys was delivered in 1980.
- The once Bell Laboratories vacuum tubes and other 20th century electronics were developed. It is now called Westbeth which are artists’ lofts.
- Jane Street is where the mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton was taken after his duel with Aaron Burr.
- I’ll show you the former rooming house where John Wilkes Booth tried to recruit another actor into his conspiracy to abduct President Lincoln.
- I’ll tell you about poets, writers, undiscovered artists, and actors, such as James Baldwin, the sculptor Heim Gross who lived on Horatio Street.
- We’ll pass through MacDougal Street, which is named for a privateer and later after the American patriot Alexander McDougal.
- If you like, we may stop at one of the Village coffee shops for refreshments or stop for a rest in the little St Luke’s Garden.
- As a child I played in the fountain in Washington Square Park. At that same fountain, as a teenager, we protested the ban on music in the park in 1961. There a hundred thousand marched in 1933 against Fascism in Europe.
- Greenwich Village has two centuries of architecture. From late 18th c. federal style town houses to the Island Park built on concrete pillars shaped like mushrooms.