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Trans History

Lopez, fist raised, and tour guests. 

Lopez, fist raised, and tour guests. 

The Stonewall tour the other day was happily surprised to run into Mariah Lopez, offspring of Sylvia Rivera.

Rivera was an early trans activist and was present at The Stonewall Inn that fateful June weekend back in 1969.

You never know who you will see on a Save the Village tour.

Mariah Lopez

Mariah Lopez

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New Direction Home

Sign removal, 161 West 4th St.

Sign removal, 161 West 4th St.

One of today's tours stopped to see a sign being removed from Bob Dylan's old place, 161 West 4th.

The building, which had been for sale, seems to be undergoing a gut renovation. It was covered in scaffolding by the end of the day.

Workers doing their thing. 

Workers doing their thing. 

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New Tour Added

Oscar Wilde Bookshop founder Craig Rodwell, October 14, 1969. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah)

Oscar Wilde Bookshop founder Craig Rodwell, October 14, 1969. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah)

Save the Village Tours, Greenwich Village walking tours based on the iconic photos of original Village Voice photographer Fred W. McDarrah, is proud to add Stonewall and Gay Greenwich Village to its permanent tour lineup.

The Stonewall tour was first conducted in June 2017 for Gay Pride Month, and proved to be such a success that it will become the first and only regularly scheduled, guided and illustrated walking tour on the Village's LGBTQ history.

As the photographer for the Village Voice, the only (somewhat) mainstream media outlet on Earth paying serious and respectful attention to gay issues and events in the 1960s and 1970s, Fred W. McDarrah amassed what is generally regarded as the largest collection of gay-themed documentary photos taken by one individual, ever. Stops on the tour range from Eleanor Roosevelt's residence to the dance club where the first mirrored glitter ball is said to have hung from the ceiling.

McDarrah images have become the signature photos of what is now inclusively referred to as LGBTQ+ history; his photos were featured by the Barack Obama White House in the video announcing the Stonewall National Monument in 2016 (https://youtu.be/ywtvJyXDWkk), hang in the National Portrait Gallery and are in hundreds of public and private collections.

As with all Save The Village tours, which include The Beats and Bob Dylan, The East Village, The Artist's World and Save the Village, with the Stonewall tour every ticket includes a free keepsake postcard packet of photos, many of which are sure to be viewed and displayed worldwide as Stonewall 50 approaches in June 2019.

Scheduled tours start November 8 and continue every Wednesday at 11 am. Private and group tours are available.

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Spooky season coming

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Halloween approaches. Spotted on tours this week: (above) Gary Tomei (the father of the actress) decorating his West Village stoop. And the Village Voice is sponsoring the annual parade (below). They won't be printing much about it however.

Learn nothing about the Village Halloween parade on a Save the Village tour. But you can learn a lot more about all kinds of other fantastic things. 

Book one today!

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Fall Fun

Christopher Park, September 29, 2017

Christopher Park, September 29, 2017

Fall is here, and it is perfect walking around weather.

Here is lovely Christopher Park before last Saturday's tour. The Parks department's interpretive Gay Liberation Monument sign with the iconic Fred W. McDarrah photo is at left, and the Stonewall Inn, adorned in rainbow flags, is also visible in the middle of the frame.

Book your Fall tour today!

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Voice quieted

Village Voice, last print edition, September 20, 2017

Village Voice, last print edition, September 20, 2017

The Village Voice, where many of the photos on these tours were first seen, ceased printing this week. It will continue as an online entity. 

Learn about the paper, the era that spawned it, and see some of the amazing historic photos that made the paper great on a Save the Village tour. 

Book one today. Two, even. 

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Two for the Money

8th St. at night? Cool. Great reviews? Also cool. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah) 

8th St. at night? Cool. Great reviews? Also cool. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah) 

A pair of delightful Trip Advisor reviews were just posted.

"Outstanding!"

3 days agoReviewed by Skipper505

Informative and entertaining. Tim McDarrah brings his father's iconic photographs to life by telling his tour group the story behind the photos and showing them the exact spots where they were taken. Highly recommended!

"Excellent tour, and guide!"

yesterdayReviewed by hk25492

A dear friend organized this tour for a group of us. I didn't know what to expect. As Tim (tour guide) said, "This is no Sarah Jessica Parker Tour". This tour is unique in that you are taken on a journey through the eyes of a photographer who worked for the Village Newspaper at a time when politics, music, art, impacted the neighborhood in such a profound way. Little did the photographer know that his experiences, his perspective, his snaps would become so iconic. A young Hendrix, Dylan, Hoffman, and Stonewall protest are just a few images that you'll get to experience / relive during this tour. It was amazing!

 

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Diverse City

 In 1868, Louisa May Alcott reportedly wrote the last paragraphs of Little Women from her uncle’s double-wide red townhouse at 130-132 MacDougal.

 In 1868, Louisa May Alcott reportedly wrote the last paragraphs of Little Women from her uncle’s double-wide red townhouse at 130-132 MacDougal.

Great group on Saturday!

Guests ranged from a vacationing Australian-born microbiologist now doing her research at Berkeley to a woman who taught in the 1960s at PS 41, but who hasn't lived in NYC in 40 years.

Plus a gay foursome absolutely thrilled to finally see Stonewall and two New Jersey teens on a school assignment.

All loved seeing the house on MacDougal St. where Louisa May Alcott once lived.

Meet all kinds of people and see all kinds of things on a Save the Village tour!

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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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