Village People

Thursday, April 11, 2013

This interview originally aired live on April 11, 2013. An edited version was re-aired on August 9, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show. 

John Strausbaugh, author of The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a History of Greenwich Village, tells the story of Greenwich Village, from Dutch farmers to movie stars and bankers.  Is the Village still an "engine of culture"?


John Strausbaugh

Comments [6]

steve from queens

A note on the affordability of the village for artists:

an late artist friend of mine (not a want-to-be but a genuine artist whose work, now that he has passed, sells on ebay for many, many thousands) told me this is how these kinds of creative neighborhoods evolve: "when the artsy people move in, the artists move out". I really liked that statement because he was able to set the artists apart from the wanna-bes in a way no one else had ever so simply done so.

Aug. 09 2013 10:29 AM
Parisa from New York, NY

I work for Greenwich House, a nonprofit settlement house that opened its doors in 1902 on 27 Barrow Street (we also have GH Pottery on Jones St. and GH Music School down the street from our main building). As with any settlement house, Greenwich House provided whatever services needed for the neighborhood-- whether is it was literacy/educational programs,health and mental services, music and art programs, cooking classes, etc. Greenwich House Pottery and Greenwich House Music School have been renowned institutions in the Village, and abroad for their influence in modern day history. Greenwich House has grown and changed with the Village as much as the Village has grown and changed itself. We have seniors at our Centers that have literally grown with Greenwich House-- taking after-school and summer classes as young children and now taking a variety of classes at our one of our four senior centers. Today, Greenwich House provides ten social service and arts programs, including treatment for victims of child abuse, medical care for home-bound seniors, after-school programs for urban youth, senior wellness programs, and those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

One hundred eleven years later, we continue to thrive by giving back to the community and serve those who need our help most.

Apr. 11 2013 12:14 PM
Sanie Whalen from The Village

My parents opened a leather store on Bleecker & 6th Ave at least 45 years ago & my dad is still there every day tracing people's feet & making them custom sandals! He still hand cuts belts & fits them to customer's buckles, he's trying so hard to hold on, he has a great landlord, but a lot of the other landlords are gouging the old places to get them out & put in chains, the empty stores are killing the foot traffic Native Leather relies on, I'm so sad, it would be the end of an era in my family. My dad's a crusty guy, I've never seen him worried before

Apr. 11 2013 11:58 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Sure, "we" enjoyed going "down to the village" back in the '60s when it was in its last hey day. What can I say, it's good to be young, impressionable, and reckless.

Apr. 11 2013 11:54 AM
uscdadnyc from Queens, NY

Check out the Stanley Tucci Movie "Joe Gould's Secret" Great Shots of the Village. I lived there in the 1960's b/f moving to Queens.

Apr. 11 2013 11:53 AM
Stephen from prospect heights

New Yorker did an article about this a few years ago and how there have been signs of death of Village for over 100 years and older residents are always nostalgic, but at this moment I think it is real with the over commodification of space. Very few traces of bohemian left.

Apr. 11 2013 11:49 AM

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