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All Dylan Tour?

116 MacDougal Street, former home of the Gaslight Cafe.

116 MacDougal Street, former home of the Gaslight Cafe.

The death this week of Bob Johnston, who produced "Blonde on Blonde" and "Highway 61 Revisited" for Bob Dylan (plus classic albums for Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and many others) got us thinking about adding another tour to the Save The Village lineup - an all Bob Dylan tour.

Doing research for the Save The Village tours, we went on some other local tours - both walking and on those ubiquitous double decker buses - to see what was good, bad and ugly.

The saddest was at the end of one tour when a woman from Australia turned to me and said, "Mate... How can these people offer a Greenwich Village tour and not even mention Bob Dylan?! That is why I came on the tour!"

Agreed.

I know who John Dos Passos, ee cummings and Dashiell Hammet were, can point to the corner where the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire took place and know where on Grove St. that Thomas Paine wrote "Common Sense." And some people do come on tours for old stuff. But people also want to see places that they can relate to, from their own memories or experiences. That is why we point out where on West 10th St. Julia Roberts has an apartment. (Across from Edward Albee's old place).   

It would not be too hard to put together an All Bob Tour, encompassing where he lived, worked, played, visited, shopped... all below 14th St. (Maybe we'd stretch it up to Irving Place where one of his business managers we know had an office.)

161 W.  4th St., where Dylan first rented an apartment - a top floor studio facing the back.

161 W.  4th St., where Dylan first rented an apartment - a top floor studio facing the back.

The tour would likely include places he performed including just on MacDougal Street: The Folklore Center, Cafe Wha? (see photo), Gerde's Folk City, the Gaslight Cafe and Kettle of Fish; the Theatre de Lys on Christopher Street which was a favorite spot; also the Cedar Tavern on University Place, The White Horse on Hudson St., The Bitter End and the Village Gate (both on Bleecker Street) or he'd be in Washington Square Park listening to music on a Sunday afternoon (as famously captured in a McDarrah photograph elsewhere on this site); or places he lived or crashed such as 161 West 4th St. (see photo) , 94 MacDougal St. (see photo), the former Hotel Earle or One Sheridan Square.

And Fred W. McDarrah did photograph most of these places.

Hmmm...

94 MacDougal St., which Dylan owned in the 1970s. 

94 MacDougal St., which Dylan owned in the 1970s. 

Making Christopher Park a National Park

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Making Christopher Park a National Park

A campaign is underway to make a National Park out of Christopher Park, located across from the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. Go to savestonewall.org to learn more.

At .19 acres (according to http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/christopher-park) it would not be the smallest National Park. That would be the Philadelphia house where Polish freedom fighter Thaddeus Kosciuszko lived, which clocks in at .02 acres. His name should be familiar to drivers who have spent hours crossing the short, potholed and badly designed bridge on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway that bears his name, which crosses Newtown Creek.

As of June 2015, Christopher Park has a new informational sign posted by the city Parks Department, detailing the famous 1969 riots that mark the start of the modern day gay rights movement. The image on the sign was taken by... Fred W. McDarrah, making him part of the official New York City story of the gay rights movement. It is on the Save the Village tour

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Preserve the Artists Club!

Preserve the Artists Club!

 Fred W. McDarrah images are everywhere. Here are two that are part of the ongoing Activism show at the Museum of the City of New York.

And bang the drum slowly for one of the key locales of the Artists walking tour, and the New York School and Abstract Expressionist movement: the famous Artists Club.

According to our friends at EVGrieve, condos are in the works for the corner of 10th St. and 4th Ave., the corner that hosted the greatest incarnation of the famous gathering spot for artists.  http://evgrieve.com/2015/07/10-stories-of-condos-in-works-for-long.html

You can read more about The Club in the Artists Tour web page.

Willem deKooning, the older white haired fellow on the background photo of the Tours page (on the stoop of the New York Hotel Employment Agency) lived and worked down the block from the club at 88 East 10th in the early 1950s. He had moved from just around the corner at 85 Fourth Avenue. By 1960 he had sold a few pictures and rented a studio space at 831 Broadway (located across the street and just south of the Regal 14 Union Square cinema; an apartment that was later carved out of deKooning's space recently rented for $8900 per month). In 1963, DeKooning decamped for Springs, a budding artist's community in East Hampton, where he lived and work until he died in 1997.

SAVE THE VILLAGE!

SAVE THE VILLAGE!

Demolishers dismantle an artist's studio, the facade of which is painted with the slogans 'Save the Village' and 'Wake Up Mr. Mayor!' New York, New York, May 16, 1960. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

Demolishers dismantle an artist's studio, the facade of which is painted with the slogans 'Save the Village' and 'Wake Up Mr. Mayor!' New York, New York, May 16, 1960. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

Welcome to the Save the Village Tours blog.

In addition to talking about the tours, posting photos of tours and the people on them and the sights that are seen, we will do something else, too. 

We'll keep track best we can of downtown changes that we feel, well, may be not so good. We're all about supporting the folks that are SAVING what is left (see: Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, gvshp.org/) and doing whatever little bit we can to keep Greenwich Village what is was, and is. With Fred W. McDarrah's photos one can see clearly what we are losing.  

It is not a new crusade. The McDarrah image on the Home page that has "Save The Village... Wake Up Mr. Mayor" is from 1960, and is referring to Mayor Robert F. Wagner. Similar slogans probably first appeared on the walls of the caves at Lascaux. 

But it is a crusade where this time, the light at the end of the tunnel may be a freight train coming to run us over. One conductor is NYU, which is doing its best to destroy the neighborhood that gives the school part of its appeal. Another conductor is Rudin Management, which replaced St. Vincent's, the only hospital in the Village, with more million dollar apartments. Another conductor is the husband and wife team of Oscar Proust and Colleen Goujjane who were cited last week for without anyone's knowledge or permission destroying part of the doorway to their landmark 1834 carriage house (first owner: Aaron Burr) which is now the restaurant One of By Land Two if By Sea. 

Not to single out the folks above. There are many, many, many, many greedy evil demon landlords, developers and real estate professionals to be stopped. Calling them out on their activities, and highlighting what is being lost, is important.         

Won't try to replicate the general brilliance of EVgrieve.com, easily the city's leading news, entertainment and lifestyle blog. It focuses on life below 14th St and east of Broadway. And we'll be more narrow in focus than vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com, which accurately and amusingly calls itself, "A bitterly nostalgic look at a city in the process of going extinct."

Instead, we'll focus our musings best we can on the ground the tours and the photos cover, as well as note places where McDarrah photos are currently being displayed, either in galleries and museums, or newspapers and magazines, or online.

As of today, July 16, 2015, here is a current list of institutions that have McDarrah on the walls:     

 

DOMESTIC:

 

YOKO ONO: ONE WOMAN SHOW, 1960 – 1971

WITH NEVER BEFORE SEEN MCDARRAH PHOTOS OF ONO AND HER WORK FROM THE 1960S

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

11 WEST 53RD STREET

NEW YORK, NY 10019

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

 

ARTIST TO ARTIST 

PORTRAITS OF ARTISTS BY HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON, HOLLIS FRAMPTON AND FRED W. MCDARRAH

ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY

1285 ELMWOOD AVENUE
BUFFALO, NEW YORK - NY 14222

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 8, 2015

HTTP://WWW.ALBRIGHTKNOX.ORG/EXHIBITIONS/EXHIBITION:07-11-2015-PHOTOGRAPHS-OF-ARTISTS-FROM-THE-COLLECTION-OF-THE-ALBRIGHT-KNOX/

 

THE YOUNG LORDS IN NEW YORK   

FEATURING MCDARRAH  PHOTOS IN THE FIRST MUSEUM SURVEY TO EXAMINE THE RADICAL SOCIAL GROUP FOUNDED BY PUERTO RICAN YOUTH IN THE 1960S.  

THE BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS

1040 GRAND CONCOURSE

BRONX, NY  10456

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

http://www.bronxmuseum.org/exhibitions/presente-the-young-lords-in-new-York

 

MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK   

INCLUDING MCDARRAH  PHOTOS IN AN UNPRECEDENTED THREE SEPARATE EXHIBITIONS

MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

1220 FIFTH AVE.

NEW YORK, NY 10029

1) FOLK CITY

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 29, 2015

2) SAVING PLACE 50 YEARS OF NYC LANDMARKS

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

3) ACTIVIST NEW YORK

ONGOING EXHIBIT  

http://www.mcny.org/exhibitions/current

 

INTERNATIONAL:

 

WARHOL UNDERGROUND

WITH 25 CLASSIC MCDARRAH IMAGES OF ANDY AND THE FACTORY SCENE

CENTRE POMPIDOU-METZ

1 PARVIS DES DROITS DE L'HOMME, 57020. METZ, FRANCE

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 23, 2015

CENTREPOMPIDOU-METZ.FR/WARHOL-UNDERGROUND

 

MILAN TRIENNIAL

RARELY SEEN FRED W. MCDARRAH PHOTOS; ART, ARTISTS AND FOOD IS THE EXHIBITON THEME

TRIENNALE DESIGN MUSEUM

VIALE ALEMAGNA, 6, 20121. MILAN, ITALY

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 1, 2015

EXPO2015.ORG/EN/THE-THEMATIC-AREA-OF-ARTS---FOODS-IS-PRESENTED-AT-MILAN-S-TRIENNALE

 

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: I HAVE BEEN TO HELL AND BACK

NEVER BEFORE EXHIBITED MCDARRAH IMAGES OF BOURGEOIS

MUSEO PICASSO, MALAGA, SPAIN

ON EXHIBIT  UNTIL SEPT 27, 2015

HTTP://WWW.MUSEOPICASSOMALAGA.ORG/EN/MUSEO-PICASSO-MALAGA-PRESENTS-THE-EXHIBITION-LOUISE-BOURGEOIS-I-HAVE-BEEN-TO-HELL-AND-BACK

MODERNA MUSEET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN  

ON EXHIBIT  FEB 14 TO MAY 17, 2015

 

Darn that is an impressive list!

And THREE shows at the Museum of the City of New York at once? That is unheard of. 

The point is that there is a tremendous demand for photos (and the memories?) of a Greenwich Village fast fading. That is why you are reading, right?