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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Postcard Thursday: James Renwick + June Folk Walk in Greenwich Village

One hundred and seventy-five years ago, architect James Renwick -- most famous for building St. Patrick's Cathedral -- began his career in New York City with the fountain in Bowling Green Park. While that original fountain is now gone, there are many other examples of his work you can see, which James details in a story in the Real Estate section of today's New York Post.

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In other news, we will be leading a tour of the music scene in Greenwich Village in the era(s) of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.

The tour is Sunday, June 24, at 11:00AM; that's the same day as the Pride March, but we will be creating a route that bypasses the parade.

In January 1961, Bob Dylan arrived in Greenwich Village during the "coldest winter in seventeen years." Though many today think of the folk revival in terms of Dylan and the 1960s, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger had lived in the Village two decades earlier, and -- with the Almanac Singers -- had been a major influence on the shape of post-war American music.
This walking tour will trace the evolution of the folk scene in the Village, including stops at the (mostly former) sites of the coffee houses and clubs where everyone from Dylan to Joan Baez to Tiny Tim played. We'll also talk about the Beat Poets and the influence of the Italian-American community on the development of Greenwich Village as America's "Bohemia."

COST: It pays to book now! If you reserve on or before Sunday, June 10, the cost is just $15 per person.

Reservations made between June 11-18 are $20 per person.

Reservations made June 19 and later are $25.

TO RESERVE: Email your name, cell phone number, and the number in your party to

You'll receive a confirmation with details of where to meet within 24 hours of making your reservation. Payment can be made by cash or credit card at the start of the tour.

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