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Big news. The tours, less so. But both in the same newspaper.

Big news. The tours, less so. But both in the same newspaper.

  Week after week the New York Times generously lists us among the few walking tours they include in the Spare Times listings. We remain quite humbled.

  And two more outlets weighed in with kind words this week also. Check it out:

http://www.qgazette.com/news/2015-12-09/Features/Save_The_Village_Walking_Tour.html

http://www.ambushmag.com/is2415/images/2415main26-30.pdf

  Finally, a terrific Trip Advisor review worth repeating:

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

   "My girlfriend and I took the Artists tour this past Saturday. We had the pleasure of taking it with the son of Fred McDarrah himself. He provides you with postcard sized photos of iconic sites to help you really imagine the city's Downtown art scene during that time. Even though my girlfriend and I did not know that much about art history, our tour guide provided a ton of insight into how it came into being. I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in history, art, and civic policy. My one recommendation would be that I would have liked the tour guide to not have focused so much on how much the places referenced in the tour were affected by gentrification and real estate development. I actually happened to agree with him, but it was something that I felt kind of took away from my experience of the tour just because it's a little sad. That being said, it's still a great way for tourists and longtime residents alike to view popular neighborhoods like the Village and Soho in a completely different light. My personal favorite point was seeing the original site of the Whitney Museum."

 

Times Squared. Or Times six, really

This was big news. Save the Village Tours getting listed, well, not so much. But it is in the same newspaper.

This was big news. Save the Village Tours getting listed, well, not so much. But it is in the same newspaper.

For the sixth week in a row, the Paper of Record has selected Save the Village Tours: A Walking Tour of the Photographs of Fred W. McDarrah as a top choice.

Google "new york walking tours" or "Greenwich Village Walking Tours" and there are hundreds, literally hundreds of results.  

The Times boils it down to a small handful of worthy ones.

We are humbled to have made the cut. Again.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/arts/spare-times-for-sept-25-oct-1.html

As we were saying...

Tour-goers photograph George Segal's "Four Figures" and the Park Dept. interpretive sign (with Fred W. McDarrah image) at Christopher Park, which lawmakers are now pushing for National Park status.  Stonewall is in background with the green scaffolding.

Tour-goers photograph George Segal's "Four Figures" and the Park Dept. interpretive sign (with Fred W. McDarrah image) at Christopher Park, which lawmakers are now pushing for National Park status.  Stonewall is in background with the green scaffolding.

As we reported a few weeks back (scroll down), there is a push to create a national park at Christopher Park to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots.

Now the movement is getting bigger.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/nyregion/lawmakers-seek-national-park-in-honor-of-stonewall.html?ref=nyregion&_r=0  

Excellent. More plaques to go up for us to photograph! Nah. Seriously, federally protected status won't much change anything in the park itself, as the current owner, the City of New York, isn't about to do anything to fudge things up. But it could help in preserving the Stonewall façade, ensure funds from Washington D.C. to maintain the park and streets around it, and it adds another level of legitimacy and gravitas to the location.   

And it couldn't hurt with preserving other landmarked and non-landmarked but vitally important historic places in New York on the Save the Village walking tour route, and elsewhere.

New McDarrah prints available for first time

This may not be a typical blog post - it is more of a press release.  But since we wrote it, seems like fair use.

PHOTOS.COM by GETTY IMAGES SNAPS UP LEGENDARY VILLAGE VOICE PHOTOGRAPHER FRED W. McDARRAH 

New Prints of Classic Greenwich Village Images Available For First Time

Photos.com proudly announces the addition of the Fred W. McDarrah Collection.

Fred W. McDarrah was the most curious, knowledgeable, and indefatigable chronicler of the New York scene over the second half of the 20th century. 

His work brings a new and unique selection of images to the collected works of an already world class Photos.com lineup including Alfred Eisenstadt, Margaret Bourke-White and Ansel Adams.

McDarrah rose to prominence during his 50-year association with the Village Voice newspaper, the house organ of the post-war counterculture. The New York Times has described McDarrah as the "Bachrach of New York's Bohemia."

He photographed the artists, writers, musicians, and actors who frequented the bars, theaters, galleries, and cafes in Greenwich Village. He documented political rallies, museum openings, breaking news, feminism, experimental theater, the rock and folk music scenes, dance, and the civil rights and anti-war movements. In a style simple and direct McDarrah created street and studio portraits of luminaries, politicians and celebrities that were often definitive.

But his favorite subject may have been his beloved New York City; often roaming the city on his bicycle, he documented the streets, buildings, landmarks, parks, beaches, pushcarts, subways, architecture, landscapes, churches, signs, cobblestones, storefronts and rooftops.

McDarrah's photographs have been exhibited at numerous museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Centre Georges Pompidou-Paris; and are in private and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the New York Public Library, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

For The Fred W. McDarrah Collection, the editors at Photos.com have selected more than 200 of McDarrah’s most delightful and inspiring images, with an eye towards their ability to work as wall décor. Many of the images shown here are available to the consumer market for the very first time.

About Photos.com by Getty Images:

Built on Getty Images’ unrivaled archive and exclusive collections from a wide range of world-renowned photographers, Photos.com by Getty Images is a full service printing and framing e-commerce business.  Every image is available in four sizes and five framing options: paper, canvas, acrylic, birchwood & aluminum, and arrives at your doorstep framed and ready-to-hang.  With more than 250,000 images spanning current events and famous faces to world culture, contemporary concepts and iconic black-and-white photography, there’s something to inspire and complement every interior style.

Photos.com by Getty Images is not affiliated with the J. Paul Getty Trust or its operating programs including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation.

For more information about the Fred W. McDarrah Collection or Photos.com, please contact Director of Marketing Katherine Wells: Katherine.wells@gettyimages.com

 

Thanks, New York Times!

Save the Village (every Tuesday) Last year the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea put on an exhibition with the photography of Fred W. McDarrah, who documented the changing scene of Greenwich Village since the 1960s. Now, the spirit of that show has taken the form of this walking tour, which includes stops at the places McDarrah captured on film: locales like Washington Square Park and the Stonewall Inn. At 10 a.m.; the tour meets at Christopher Park, Stonewall Place, at Seventh Avenue, West Village, savethevillagetours.com.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/21/arts/spare-times-for-aug-21-27.html