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 MagnusonKeith Haring,  RuPaul, the B-52s, The Fleshtones, and Fab Five Freddy all performed.

Watched by an audience a circle of three man and three women hold hands as they dance together in Washington Square Park, New York, New York, July 1951.

Watched by an audience a circle of three man and three women hold hands as they dance together in Washington Square Park, New York, New York, July 1951.

American author Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon (1933 - 1996, born James Neil Hollingworth) and his companion, identified only as Louise, walk along MacDougal Street (just past the intersection with Minetta Lane), New York, New York, June 21, 1959. Redmoon later became the manager of the rock group Quicksilver Messenger Service and, after suffering a near fatal injury in a car crash, became an author. Visible in the background are the Minetta Tavern and the Players Theatre.

American author Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon (1933 - 1996, born James Neil Hollingworth) and his companion, identified only as Louise, walk along MacDougal Street (just past the intersection with Minetta Lane), New York, New York, June 21, 1959. Redmoon later became the manager of the rock group Quicksilver Messenger Service and, after suffering a near fatal injury in a car crash, became an author. Visible in the background are the Minetta Tavern and the Players Theatre.

Cafe Bizarre, 106 West 3rd Street, June 7, 1959. In the 1960s the house band was The Velvet Underground. Andy Warhol saw them perform, became their manager, and the rest is history. 

Cafe Bizarre, 106 West 3rd Street, June 7, 1959. In the 1960s the house band was The Velvet Underground. Andy Warhol saw them perform, became their manager, and the rest is history. 

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.