East Village / St. Marks Tour
If Greenwich Village is the historic home of the counter-culture, then the East Village can be called famous for its off-the-counter culture. On this tour, see where Chicago 8 defendant Jerry Rubin paraded down St. Mark's Place with a machine gun; Abbie Hoffman's old apartment building, the former Polish catering hall where the Velvet Underground played its first gigs under manager Andy Warhol (and the thrift shop where Warhol often shopped) and the former Fillmore East, the greatest rock venue in history. Learn about the history of Tompkins Square Park, home of 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 boasted regulars like Joe Strummer and Joey Ramone and bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Black Flag, Social Distortion and the Beastie Boys. Home to Leon Trotsky, W.H. Auden, Lenny Bruce and Club 57 in the late 1970s and early 1980s; Ann Magnuson, Keith Haring, Klaus Nomi, John Sex, Kenny Scharf, David Wojnarowicz, The Fleshtones, and Fab Five Freddy performed or showed there.
TOUR GROUP meets and LEAVES FROM 26 astor place
In front of CHase bank, east side of lafayette street at astor place.
PLEASE ARRIVE 10 MINUTES BEFORE SCHEDULED TIME
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WALKING TOURS THROUGH THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF FRED W. MCDARRAH
Greenwhich Village walking tours like no other! See where history was recorded by the original Village Voice photographer Fred W. McDarrah - the most curious, knowledgeable and defatigable chronicler of the New York downtown scene over the second half of the 20th century! Before the Internet, there was McDarrah. He captured all of the artsts, writers, musicians and social movements that marked the time.
Each guest recieves a keepsake multi-postcard set of classic McDarrah images and the tours go to the same locations to see how they have changed, how they are the same, and to hear the stories behind the famous photos.