Exploring the Original West Village

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Greenwich Village is a tourist's dream and a favorite weekend destination for New Yorkers. A part of Manhattan Island that holds its own amid the noise and confusion of the twenty-first century, it still retains much of the character of the old farming community that was part of the original settlement of Manhattan. The West Village, the northwest section of the neighborhood, is bounded by the Hudson River on the west and Greenwich Avenue on the east and is where it all began. Famous people such as Sinclair ...

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Overview

Greenwich Village is a tourist's dream and a favorite weekend destination for New Yorkers. A part of Manhattan Island that holds its own amid the noise and confusion of the twenty-first century, it still retains much of the character of the old farming community that was part of the original settlement of Manhattan. The West Village, the northwest section of the neighborhood, is bounded by the Hudson River on the west and Greenwich Avenue on the east and is where it all began. Famous people such as Sinclair Lewis, Fiorello LaGuardia, William "Bill the Butcher" Poole, Frank Serpico, James Baldwin and Jackson Pollock, among dozens of others, called this neighborhood home. Stroll down the back streets and along the waterfront and peer behind the fa├žades of these historic structures to discover its fascinating history, hidden secrets and little-known tales.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609491512
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Pages: 125
  • Sales rank: 1,405,111
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfred Pommer of New York City is a self-employed licensed New York City guide. He has been giving private and publicly scheduled neighborhood walking tours for groups or individuals in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods for over twenty years. During that time, Alfred has been constantly researching and improving each tour. He retired in 1991 after twenty-five years' service with the New York City Parks Department. During that time, he attended college part time, eventually graduating with a degree in labor studies. Alfred has had several articles about the history of various locations, streets and neighborhoods in Manhattan published by 10003 Magazine.

Eleanor Winters of Brooklyn, New York, is an adjunct professor of art at Long Island University and the author of four books on art and calligraphy.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 11

1 Development of Greenwich Village: A Little Background 15

2 Christopher Street, the Ninth Avenue El and the Story of William "Bill the Butcher" Poole 20

3 Christopher Street Continued: The Fighting Marine, the Stonewall Inn, Lucille Lortel and the Theater de Lys 29

4 Weehawken Street (the Shortest Street in Manhattan), Newgate Prison and the Empire Brewery 40

5 West Tenth and Charles Streets: Pig Alley, The Runaway Bunny and Diane Arbus 50

6 Onward Down Charles Street: Writers, Musicians and a Future Mayor 61

7 Perry Street: Frank Serpico, Jane Jacobs, Sir Peter Warren and Bleecker Gardens 68

8 Up and Down West Eleventh Street: The White Horse Tavern, a Palazzo and Many Writers and Poets 78

9 Busy Bank Street 88

10 West Street: Superior Ink and Herman Melville, Gansevoort Market, the Meatpacking District and the Death Avenue Cowboy 99

11 Up on the High Line, Down on Horatio Street: Odets, Baldwin, Pollock and the Hudson Dusters 108

12 Jane Street and Back to Bank Street: Alexander Hamilton and Max Eastman, Auntie Mame and Abingdon Square 117

About the Authors 127

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    A famous neighborhood's background is revealed.

    The story-tellers provided a wonderful background to this historic neighborhood. The photos are a helpful navigation aid, even as we toured aimlessly, letting us return to the story at any spot.
    Before and after, off the street, the book is a fast, fun read and
    now I'm now able to answer questions about this famous neighborhood.

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