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Boooooo

Astor Place. No access to Cube. 

Astor Place. No access to Cube. 

Liars, bums, cheats. You expected anything less, or different? 

Access to the Cube and much of the new "public" Astor Place plaza was cut off for some Citibank-sponsored waste of time most of yesterday and today. The East Village and Artist's World tours were only mildly inconvenienced, but these are public spaces which are now rented out for corporate events. It's wrong.  

When the Cube came back after a two-year absence, the public was assured that other than a benign little cafe, the area would remain open, free, public and not for sale.  

But private, corporate sponsored and branded events are seemingly separate beasts.

Beasts indeed.  

Astor Place. No access to Cube. 

Astor Place. No access to Cube. 

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It's official! The drug dealers win!

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The two fellows with baseball caps and red footwear on the left side of the frame are well known to Save the Village tour guests; they offer folks marijuana regularly. This morning as I passed them, alone, they offered me some too. (I declined.)

When I saw two of New York's Finest and two Park Rangers approaching, I stopped and turned around, wondering how they'd react - both the cops and drug dealers.

But no one even broke stride.

The street entrepreneurs continued to shout out to passersby that they had killer weed, and the uniformed personnel, well within earshot of the dealers, could not have cared less about the sales going on right in their path. They just kept on going, smiling and laughing.

I guess it is official! Washington Square Park has gone to Pot!

So, our friends at The Village Alliance and Washington Square Park Conservancy and New York University can officially stop asking the 6th precinct what they are doing to combat drug sales near the playgrounds. Obviously, they have given up.

That said, everyone should still come on a Save the Village tour! Interesting, informative, amusing, good exercise and who knows what you will see!

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Accolades

New from a Trip Advisor review: 

These tours provide an insight into the constantly changing neighborhood, highlighting what remains of its history, not always in plain sight. pictures by photographer fred mcdarrah are provided to help lift the veil.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60763-d8498033-Reviews-Save_The_Village_Tours-New_York_City_New_York.html

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Artist's World

Old sign on Prince Street, taken by tour guest Mark Greenberg, July 17, 2017

Old sign on Prince Street, taken by tour guest Mark Greenberg, July 17, 2017

  The Artist's World tour seems to have inspired at least one tour-goer to create some art of his own. 

  The image here was snapped by a guest this week and sent to us to take a look.  

  We like.

  Create your own art, memories, and more on a Save the Village tour.  

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Deals can be had ....

Louisa May Alcott's family home on MacDougal St. 

Louisa May Alcott's family home on MacDougal St. 

Want to know more, and take a tour, but also love a bargain?

Here is the answer! 

https://www.groupon.com/deals/save-the-village-tours

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Sunny Day

Christopher Park, July 8, 2017

Christopher Park, July 8, 2017

Most listen to the tour guide, but one veers off to see the Parks dept. sign with a classic Fred W. McDarrah gay pride photo.

Beautiful day for a tour.

Book your summer tour today!

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"Like"

Our latest 5 star review, just posted on Trip Advisor,:

                   An excellent walking tour...even for a native New Yorker!
I thoroughly enjoyed the Save the Village Tour and learned a great deal about the history of Greenwich Village. I've been a New Yorker my entire life and live in Chelsea, and still found it informative. The tour makes you aware of how much the Village has changed and evolved. I loved the tidbits of facts and photos taken by our tour guide's father. I highly recommend this tour even if you think you already know about the Village; you will learn more. The distance covered by the tour isn't too great and it moves at a nice relaxed pace."

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60763-d8498033-Reviews-Save_The_Village_Tours-New_York_City_New_York.html

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Gay Pride Walking Tours! East Village Walking Tours!

Before you hit the beach go on a Save the Village tour!

Before you hit the beach go on a Save the Village tour!

  The weather is HOT. As are the 2017 series of Save the Village tours. 

  Here's a great story from Untapped Cities last week about the new Gay Pride tours for the month of June.

  Book one today. Or two. There are actually four different tours.

http://untappedcities.com/2017/06/05/gay-pride-in-nyc-through-the-lens-of-fred-mcdarrah/

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PRIDE!

George Segal sculpture in Christopher Park, Four Figures, draped in colors after the June 2016 Orlando nightclub attack. 

George Segal sculpture in Christopher Park, Four Figures, draped in colors after the June 2016 Orlando nightclub attack. 

June is Gay Pride Month!

   Once again, photos from the archive of the original Village Voice photographer Fred W. McDarrah are an important part of the occasion. 


   Rarely seen Gay Pride McPhotos will be incorporated into Save The Village: Walking Tours of the Photographs of Fred W. McDarrah, a series of Greenwich Village walking tours based on his classic photos. Book a tour here: http://www.savethevillagetours.com/

   McPhotos are part of AIDS at Home: The Art of Everyday Activism, which opens May 23 at the Museum of the City of New York.  http://www.mcny.org/exhibition/aids-home

   The interactive map just released by the NYC LGBT Historic Sites project features over a dozen exclusive McPhotos. https://www.nyclgbtsites.org/

   Scholars, researchers, filmmakers and historians rely on the McDarrah Archive as they know there is no more complete photo collection that documents the people, personalities, parades and protests of the modern Gay Rights movement in the United States.

  Learn more on a Save the Village tour this month!

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HBD, BD!

(Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

(Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

Happy 76th Birthday, Robert!

Here's Bob with, from left, his old musical director Rob Stoner, Joan Baez and Eric Andersen on stage at Gerde's Folk City, 130 West 3rd Street, New York, October 23, 1975.

They were singing Happy Birthday to club owner Mike Porco on his 61st birthday. The rest of the impromptu performance was in effect a dry run for Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue concert tour, which began a few days later.

Porco's grandson Mike Porco hosed a 75th birthday party for Dylan in the same space last year.

The location, the whole story, and so much more about Dylan, are on the Save the Village tours.

Book one today!

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Traffic Jam

The Rolling Stones. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah

The Rolling Stones. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah

42 years ago this week: McSatisfaction on 5th Avenue.

(Actually, they sang "Brown Sugar.")

The Rolling Stones announced their "Tour of the Americas '75" with a performance on a flatbed truck in front of the former Fifth Avenue Hotel, at 9th St., on May 1, 1975.

Pictured are, from bottom, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts (on drums, at right), Mick Jagger, and Ronnie Wood.

The location is on the Save the Village tour. Book one today!

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Warm Weather Walking

Preparing the selfie stick before last Saturday's tour.

Preparing the selfie stick before last Saturday's tour.

 Global warming as some advantages: no one is really ever that cold on a tour these days!

 Spring has sprung and tourgoers are marveling at how much things have changed, even from last season (the repeat visitors, that is).

 Mainly that so many more storefronts are vacant. It's sad.

 Come see it all for yourself on a Save the Village tour today!

 And remember the June tours are geared for Pride Month with new stops and photos.  

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Thanks for the good words

The most recent Trip Advisor accolade, posted this week:

FIVE STARS

I was lucky enough to go on a tour of the Village with emphasis on places Bob Dylan lived, performed, sat for pictures, etc that was led by Tim McDarrah, Fred McDarrah's son. Fred was photographer for the Village Voice for many years and it is no surprise that Tim has an insider's consummate knowledge of the Village. Highly recommended...

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Warm Day, Hot Tour

Thanks, Mark Greenberg, for capturing our tour guide so elegantly.

Greenberg, a photo collector with works by Edward Steichen and Adolf De Meyer (Vogue's first staff photographer) on his bedroom wall, (presumably) enjoyed Tuesday's "Save the Village: The Beats and Bob Dylan" tour.

It was a warm, sunny day even if there was some extra hot air coming from someone.

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Spring into tour season!

Bob Dylan, Christopher Park, January 22, 1965. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

Bob Dylan, Christopher Park, January 22, 1965. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

It is nearly 80 degrees in Greenwich Village this morning - perfect for a walking tour.

The Beats and Bob Dylan: Save the Village tour is on tap this afternoon to start a busy and exciting season.

Book your tour today! 

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June Tours Mark Gay Pride Month

This interpretive Stonewall sign in Christopher Park installed by the Parks dept. features a photo by Fred W. McDarrah (above).

The June tours will include some amazing, exclusive never-before-seen postcards of McDarrah photos of gay events and personalities to mark Pride Month.

No other walking tour even comes close.

Book a tour today

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First Downtown Biennial

All Holes Matter. Why certainly! Art from the Biennial from Ajay Kurian. (Photo by Estate of Fred W. McDarrah)

All Holes Matter. Why certainly! Art from the Biennial from Ajay Kurian. (Photo by Estate of Fred W. McDarrah)

The first Whitney Biennial below 14th Street opens March 17 - and we got a sneak peek Monday. The younger and lesser known artists chosen to participate in the contemporary survey always set trends, and the show is always one of the most controversial of the year.

Museum Director Adam Weinberg and Biennial curators Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks were on hand as were many of the artists.

There is some good work, some is overtly political, some funny, some waaaaay too derivative, and some, well, not so good. The Whitney building remains a work of art. That is why you should go see it. It is up thru June 11.

(The event began as an annual exhibition in 1932 when the museum was on 8th St.; the first official biennial was at the Madison Avenue space in 1973.)

The Biennial is a great way to spend an afternoon, especially after learning about the original Whitney and so much more on a Save the Village tour.

Adam D. Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum and Biennial curators Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks. (Photo by Estate of Fred W. McDarrah)

Adam D. Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum and Biennial curators Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks. (Photo by Estate of Fred W. McDarrah)

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Memorable!

The 8th St. Book Shop, February 2, 1965. The corner, now home to a chain coffee store, is a stop on a Save the Village tour. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

The 8th St. Book Shop, February 2, 1965. The corner, now home to a chain coffee store, is a stop on a Save the Village tour. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

Her tour was in October, and she just posted a Trip Advisor review this week.

A Save the Village tour resonates for a long, long time.

Book one today!

"I went on this tour with a group to which I belong and it was fabulous! The guide provided a unique experience. His father was a photographer in the 50's. 60's, and 70's who seemed to often be in the right place at the right time. He provided us with a set of "postcards" that were photos his father had taken. As we moved from location to location, we could compare the sites today with the photos from the past. There was an important message to the tour about preserving the character of Greenwich Village and working to stop needless and heedless destruction of buildings and parts of our history. He is a dynamic speaker and spoke with enthusiasm and heart. He had many fascinating anecdotes to share. His father seemed to know everyone (Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol to mention a few) and had a knack for being on hand to take timely, important photos. Very Special." 

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Celeb Central

  Last season, tour groups ran into all kinds of recognizable faces, from Daniel Day Lewis to Philip Glass to some celebrity chefs (Batali, Bouloud).

  Here is one guy the tour won't run into: the late John Belushi, snapped by Fred W. McDarrah in front of Belusi's pad at 376 Bleecker St. (there is now a Cynthia Rowley store on the ground floor there).

  Book a 2017 tour today at SavetheVillagetours.com.

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