Learn about the history of Tompkins Square Park, home of the long running gender identity celebration Wigstock and the annual Howl! Festival (named in honor of local resident Allen Ginsberg). The park is also where Indian Sadhu A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada came to sing and preach, beginning the Hare Krishna movement in 1966. Includes Cooper Union where everyone from Abraham Lincoln to Anna Deveare Smith to Barack Obama to Hugo Chavez to Mark Twain have been featured speakers, the different immigrant waves that came to the neighborhood, where to get the best egg creams and the neighborhood bar that has hosted bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Black Flag, Social Distortion and the Beastie Boys. Sometimes on the same bill.
Also home to Leon Trotsky, Lady Gaga, W.H. Auden, Alan Cumming, Lenny Bruce, Madonna, Abbie Hoffman and to the famed Club 57, a church basement where in the late 1970s and early 1980s Ann Magnuson, Keith Haring, RuPaul, the B-52s, The Fleshtones, and Fab Five Freddy all performed.
Tickets are $15 (Students, seniors, individuals with a valid library card, or a membership in a Historic Preservation Society, Group or Association) to $25 (Adult) and every ticket includes a keepsake postcard packet.