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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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Before: The corner of 8th St. and MacDougal in front of the famous 8th St. Bookshop. (Pictured is peace activist David McReynolds delivering a "Ban The Bomb" speech on September 18, 1960.  

Before: The corner of 8th St. and MacDougal in front of the famous 8th St. Bookshop. (Pictured is peace activist David McReynolds delivering a "Ban The Bomb" speech on September 18, 1960.  

After: The same corner, now a chain coffee spot, in September 2015. People came to the Village for, among other things, independent bookstores. Save the Village or it will be nothing BUT awful chain stores.

After: The same corner, now a chain coffee spot, in September 2015. People came to the Village for, among other things, independent bookstores. Save the Village or it will be nothing BUT awful chain stores.

How it was and what it now is: The Save the Village tours highlight lowlights like this. Only YOU can prevent forest fires, as Smokey the Bear used to say. Well, only YOU can prevent future abominations such as this one, where the nerve center of a literary generation morphs into a cookie cutter coffee joint that could easily be found in any strip mall in America.