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Washington Square Park, May 1959

Washington Square Park, May 1959

Save The Village

Tuesdays and Saturdays @ 10AM

Save the Village: Gay Pride! All June 2017 tours include special new historic Pride Month photos and tour stops. Tour may run longer than the usual two hours.

FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES AS A SELECT NEW YORK CITY WALKING TOUR. 

The original tour featuring the photos of Fred W. McDarrah. Based on a blockbuster photo exhibit of the same name that was on display at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea in 2014. So many individuals and groups came to the show, and there was such a positive media reaction to the exhibition and gallery workers were peppered on a daily basis with so many questions about the photos and the changing face of Greenwich Village....

The exhibition ended, but the interest in Greenwich Village in the 1960s and McDarrah's documentation of the changing scene did not wane one iota. So the Estate of Fred W. McDarrah decided to bring the people not to the gallery, but to the scenes that made the show such a success: the Greenwich Village locales documented by McDarrah during his tenure at the Village Voice – such as Washington Square Park; the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the modern day gay rights movement; and the various stomping grounds of the individuals he photographed that helped shape the 1960s ethos, including Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol and Jimi Hendrix.

 

An unidentifed group of young people celebrate outside the boarded-up Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher Street) after riots over the weekend of June 27, 1969. The bar and surrounding area were the site of a series of demonstrations and riots that led to the formation of the modern gay rights movement in the United States.

An unidentifed group of young people celebrate outside the boarded-up Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher Street) after riots over the weekend of June 27, 1969. The bar and surrounding area were the site of a series of demonstrations and riots that led to the formation of the modern gay rights movement in the United States.

High-angle exterior view outside the entrance to The Dom (from 'Polski Dom Narodowy' or 'Polish National Home', 23 St. Mark's Place), where a banner advertises 'Warhol; Live; The Velvet Underground; Live Dancing; Films; Party Event Now,' part of Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable series of staged, multimedia events, March 31, 1966.

High-angle exterior view outside the entrance to The Dom (from 'Polski Dom Narodowy' or 'Polish National Home', 23 St. Mark's Place), where a banner advertises 'Warhol; Live; The Velvet Underground; Live Dancing; Films; Party Event Now,' part of Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable series of staged, multimedia events, March 31, 1966.

Masked members of the Bread & Puppet Theater stage a protest of the Vietnam War in Washington Square, March 15, 1965.

Masked members of the Bread & Puppet Theater stage a protest of the Vietnam War in Washington Square, March 15, 1965.

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.