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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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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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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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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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NYU. P-U.

Just like Disneyland! An historic recreation.

Just like Disneyland! An historic recreation.

  The evil real estate company known as NYU has a long history of indiscriminately tearing down important and historic Greenwich Village buildings so they can make money and build a needless dorm or another out of place faculty office building, hotel, or coffee bar.

  On East 3rd St., they razed Edgar Allan Poe's house, and put up a plaque congratulating themselves for recreating the facade of the place.

  An historic reenactment! Just like Disneyland!

  NYU will perhaps one day realize that part of the reason they can get away with charging $60,000 in tuition is not that you get a good education, but because kids want to be in Greenwich Village.

  And when they have fully destroyed things, and their paid attendance drops, they will have no idea why.

  See many, many places that NYU has torched in favor of "progress" on a Save the Village tour.

Looks can be deceiving.

Looks can be deceiving.

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Hey... aren't you ....

Comedian, singer, actress and author Sandra Bernhard

Comedian, singer, actress and author Sandra Bernhard

Another tour, another celebrity entertains the group.

Some of the bold faced names the tours have recently come across include actor Daniel Day-Lewis, chef Mario Batali and R.E.M. musician Michael Stipe.

This time, it was comedian, singer, actress and author Sandra Bernhard.

As the tour on Tuesday was in front of 14 East 10th St., the former home to Mark Twain, and scene of a horrendous 1987 crime, the actress walked by. The tour leader called her over, and she stopped to briefly chat with the group.

Only in Greenwich Village and only on a Save the Village tour.

Book one today!

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A tree grows in Manhattan. Anger grows around it.

Addie Tomei at her front door; the tree is on the right of the frame, abutting her staircase.

Addie Tomei at her front door; the tree is on the right of the frame, abutting her staircase.

  The great Pete Hamill once shoo'd us out of the office on a particularly slow news day.

  "You're never going to come up with a story sitting at your desk and eating potato chips" (we were eating a bag of rippled Lays at the time), Hamill gently scolded, urging us to wander the streets if there was nothing on the agenda.

  Out we went. Don't recall if I ended up with a good story that day. But the lesson has stayed with me.

  We still hit the street from time-to-time. It usually pays off.

  The other day we were wandering along West 13th St., having decided to go take a look at the tree in Sean Lennon's yard that was encroaching on his neighbors, Marisa Tomei's parents, Gary and Addie. The tree is the focus of a long running lawsuit (http://ny.curbed.com/2016/7/1/12078030/lennon-tomei-lawsuit-greenwich-village-tree) and I decided to go and take a look.

   What a fabulous New York story, right? Yoko Ono and John Lennon's son, neighbor to he parents of the beloved Brooklyn product and Academy Award-winning actress - suing over a tree?

   So as we're standing there looking at the tree and how it is growing onto the next door property, who walks up carrying some grocery bags but... Marisa Tomei's mom. A spittin' image of her daughter. Or vice versa, I guess.

  She is suspicious of the stranger on her stoop, but after talking, Addie Tomei realizes I am more or less harmless. She reviews with me the history of the situation, offers some generally positive remarks about her famous neighbor, and laments how it has disintegrated into a public brouhaha.

  I thank her for her time, apologize for delaying her return home, and mosey off to continue researching Village locales for possible future tours.

  Unlikely you'll run into Sean Lennon, or any of the Tomei clan, on a Save the Village tour, but several of the tour groups have run into famous faces, from Philip Glass to Mario Batali to Michael Stipe.   

  You won't see ANY of them while sitting at your desk, or on your couch, eating potato chips.

  So book a Save the Village tour today.

  Tell 'em Pete Hamill sent you.

          

North side of West 13th St., between 6th and 7th Aves.

North side of West 13th St., between 6th and 7th Aves.

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Flighty attraction

  In addition to the usual stops, the morning Save the Village tour group enjoyed seeing a pigeon aficionado in Washington Square Park.

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Here, There and Everywhere. Or, Big Ten

  One of the many shows with iconic McDarrah photos this summer is at the Pompidou Centre in Paris

  One of the many shows with iconic McDarrah photos this summer is at the Pompidou Centre in Paris

  We are aware of no other photographer on earth that is as well represented on museum and gallery walls this summer as Fred W. McDarrah.

  Iconic photos are on display at an incredible ten different locations. Plus inclusion in an upcoming show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. And many more on the calendar.

  And photos from the archive continue to appear *daily* in the usual assortment of national magazines, books, auction catalogues, Presidential announceme...nt videos, New York City Parks dept. signs, textbooks, films, TV news broadcasts, posters, banners, CD and DVD covers, public and private collections, and newspapers.

  Plus the photos are the basis for walking tours!

1) Ed Ruscha: Ribbon Words
Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art
37 W. 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

2) Inaugural Season
Dedicated to Hilton Als
The Artist’s Institute
132 E. 65th St.
New York, NY 10065

3) The 1970s: The Blossoming of a Queer Enlightenment
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster St.
New York, NY 10013

4) Fred W. McDarrah 42 Photos
The Grape & Vine at The Walker
52 W. 13th St.
New York, NY 10011

5) Activist New York
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10029

6) Pop Art Fabrics & Fashion | from Warhol to Westwood
Nederlands Textielmuseum
Goirkestraat 96, 5046 GN
Tilburg, Netherlands

7) The Beat Generation
Le Centre National D’art et de Culture Georges Pompidou
Rue Beauborg, Place Georges-Pompidou
75004 Paris, France

8) The Velvet Underground: A New York Extravaganza with 92 McDarrah images on view
Philharmonie de Paris
221 Avenue Jean-Jaurès
75019 Paris, FRANCE

9) Role Play Across Art and Fashion
Museo Salvatore Ferragamo
Palazzo Spini Feroni
Piazza Santa Trinita 5/R, 50123 Florence

10) SHOOT! SHOOT! SHOOT! Photographs of the 1960s and 1970s from the Nicola Erni Collection of vintage prints by Fred W. McDarrah and others (Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Ron Gallela, David Bailey and Bert Stern) of Art, Music, Fashion and FIlm in Paris, London and New York.
Muncher Stadtmuseum
St.-Jakobs-Platz 1 80331 MUNCHEN

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Hey! Ho! We Went!

Welcome to the show!

Welcome to the show!

  Since the Ramones figure into the Save the Village: The East Village tour, we thought it made sense to go see the exhibit at the Queens Museum about the real Fab Four, our favorite misfits from Forest Hills.

  Hard to fathom that tee shirts and records and posters we once threw out are now on the wall of a museum. But they are.

   And it is a terrific show. It is up until July 31.

   No Fred W. McDarrah photos, but some wonderful images by Bob Gruen and Roberta Bayley (who lives in Abbie Hoffman's old building on St. Mark's Place).

  Learn more about the Ramones and the East Village that embraced them on the East Village tour.

The Talking Heads opened for the Ramones when they played Bataclan, the Paris club that was attacked by terrorists last year.   

The Talking Heads opened for the Ramones when they played Bataclan, the Paris club that was attacked by terrorists last year.

 

It is a multimedia extravaganza!

It is a multimedia extravaganza!

Songs everyone can still dance to.

Songs everyone can still dance to.

What the Ramones conquered: The World. A model of which is right outside the museum's front door.

What the Ramones conquered: The World. A model of which is right outside the museum's front door.

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