“In an age of cities, there is just one village that is known by people the world over: Greenwich Village,” writes Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter in Greenwich Village Stories: A Collection of Memories. Carter is one of 66 artists, writers, actors and others who reminisce about their time in the village in the new book by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
“We all felt that it was really important to get this down on paper because we realized that history and memories can be really ephemeral and if you don’t capture them they’re lost, and that’s really what we do is keep those memories and that history alive,” said Andrew Berman, executive director of GVSHP.
Contributors range from Mario Batali to Penny Arcade to Wynton Marsalis and the book also includes historical photos and other artworks. The photo on the cover of the book, taken by Robert Otter in 1965 at the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal Streets, remains a bit of a mystery. “It perfectly captures the spirit of the time but we don’t know who this man is,” said Berman. To see a larger version of the photograph and share any hints or clues you may have, click here.