From the pre-WWI arts scene to the birth of the gay rights movement to the recent real estate boom, Greenwich Village has been an integral part of many moments in New York City’s history. Author John Strausbaugh traces the evolution of the neighborhood from its humble beginning as a city “suburb” where citizens went to escape the summer heat to the affluent area that it is today.
Photo credits: Kosboot, Beyond My Ken and Russavia via Wikimedia Commons; the New York Public Library, National Archives and Records Administration, Jessie Tarbox Beals, John Wolcott Adams, I.N. Phelps Stokes, Carl Van Vechten, the World Telegram & Sun, H.S. Tanner and Arnold Genthe.