Before New York Renovations: Old Pics Show How Greenwich Village Has Changed From the 1960s and Early ’70s

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Greenwich Village often referred to by locals as simply “the Village”, is a neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan, New York City, within Lower Manhattan. Broadly, Greenwich Village is bounded by 14th Street to the north, Broadway to the east, Houston Street to the south, and the Hudson River to the west.

Greenwich Village also contains several subsections, including the West Village west of Seventh Avenue and the Meatpacking District in the northwest corner of Greenwich Village.

In the 20th century, Greenwich Village was known as an artists’ haven, the Bohemian capital, the cradle of the modern LGBT movement, and the East Coast birthplace of both the Beat and ’60s counterculture movements.

Groenwijck, one of the Dutch names for the village (meaning “Green District”), was Anglicized to Greenwich. Greenwich Village contains Washington Square Park, as well as two of New York’s private colleges, New York University (NYU) and the New School.

Take a look at these photos from Peter Manzari to see how Greenwich Village has changed from the 1960s and early 1970s.

Street scenes in Greenwich Village, May 1965

Art show, Greenwich Village, May 1965

Greenwich Village, May 1965

Greenwich Village, May 1965

Greenwich Village, May 1965

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