Known to residents as "The Village
". Area in Manhattan New York City
which is noted as a haven for avant-garde
artists and Literati
music. Composed of the West Village
and East Village
. For 100 years a mecca to the creative, rebellious and Bohemian
My favorite Village story: In about 1917 or 1918, Marcel Duchamp climbed up on top of the arch in Washington Square Park. From the top, he declares "the people's republic of Greenwich Village"!
As Wonder Llama accurately observes, the legend of the Village, and the contemporary reality of the Village are two very different things. The Village embodies the very word "gentrification" wherein the rents go up and up until the artists and the musicians cannot possibly pay it. They move out, the boutiques and Home Accessory shops move in. Today Greenwich Village is closer to an outdoor Mall than an area where revolutionaries mingle.
Gruen, John, "The New Bohemia", a capella books, Chicago, 1990.
Gaylord, Bruce, "Picture Book of Greenwich Village", Gaylord's Guides, NY, 1985
Sanders, Ed, "Tales of Beatnik Glory", Citadel Underground, New York, 1975
Last updated 05.28.03