Greenwich Village and How It Became Famous Walking Tour
In its earliest years, Greenwich Village was a refuge from the yellow fever epidemic downtown. The Village has been home to African-Americans, Italian immigrants, garment workers, academics, protesters, and literary figures of all stripes. By the early 20th century, the Village had become home to artists, writers, and playwrights looking for an unconventional environment and creative freedom. Protesters came here in their struggles for the better working conditions, opposition to war, and gay and feminist rights.
In few other places on earth have so many notable women lived and achieved. For the last 150 years, it has seen a remarkable variety of women – working class, gentry, radical, literary, academic, theatrical, convict, and immigrant – all who left their imprints on the Washington Square neighborhood and beyond.
- The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and the labor movement
- Literary figures — Henry James, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Willa Cather, Eugene O’Neill, Edgar Allan Poe
- 19th century residential architecture as a social document
- Coffeehouses and the Beat Generation
- Landmarking and preservation controversies
- Experience provided in English (US)
- Will be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and time, based on luminary’s availability
- This experience is non-refundable after scheduling is complete
- Groups under 6 can participate at 6-person rate
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