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Save the Village Tours Greenwich Village walking tours like no other! See where history was recorded by the original Village Voice photographer Fred W. McDarrah. McDarrah - the most curious, knowledgeable and indefatigable chronicler of the New York downtown scene over the second half of the 20th century.
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Before the Internet, there was McDarrah. He captured ALL of the artists, writers, musicians and social movements that marked the time. Each walker gets 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.

Mission: To entertain, educate and learn about the necessary balance between progress and preservation.

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06/24/2020
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Tours are suspended because of the pandemic.But it does give us an opportunity to clean up the website (http://www.savet...
04/11/2020

Tours are suspended because of the pandemic.

But it does give us an opportunity to clean up the website (http://www.savethevillagetours.com/), pay some attention to the FB page here and prepare for a hopefully robust season to come!

We've also updated the Bob Dylan, The Stonewall Inn and Gay Greenwich Village and the East Village, Manhattan tours. But even the un-updated tours are hard to beat.

Had any tours been out this week, everything is in bloom and Mother Nature is at her best. We all missed this scene in the park.

Too bad we all can't go out and enjoy it.

Soon enough!

You can go online and book a tour for later in the summer though.

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Some colorful and inventive new street signs spotted on several of the tour routes this week....
06/21/2019

Some colorful and inventive new street signs spotted on several of the tour routes this week....

Museum of the City of New York
06/18/2019

Museum of the City of New York

We’re bringing #PRIDE Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah to city streets, thanks to LinkNYC. #PridePower is going on now. https://bit.ly/2WexOuq

The Stonewall tours this month offer a special treat - 13 giant McPride photos in the NYU Skirball windows. And all kind...
06/06/2019

The Stonewall tours this month offer a special treat - 13 giant McPride photos in the NYU Skirball windows. And all kinds of flags and flowers and decoration in Christopher Park.

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05/08/2019
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Fred W. McDarrah
05/07/2019

Fred W. McDarrah

Proud and honored to see this morning the installation of a display of Fred W. McDarrah's iconic LGBT photos being put up in the windows of NYU Skirball alongside Washington Square Park. The pics are up thru at least the end of June - Gay Pride Month. Check it out. And don't forget the book party tonight at The Stonewall Inn, 6 to 8 pm, for "Pride," (OR Books) the new volume that these photos are drawn from.

This Tuesday!Come one, come all to "Where Pride Began" - the world famous The Stonewall Inn for the book release party o...
05/06/2019
Pride: Photographs After Stonewall

This Tuesday!

Come one, come all to "Where Pride Began" - the world famous The Stonewall Inn for the book release party of "Pride - Photographs After Stonewall."

Pre-order a copy here (https://www.amazon.com/Pride-Photographs-Stonewall-Fred-McDarrah/dp/1949017117) or buy one at the event!

See you Tuesday!!

https://thestonewallinnnyc.com/00_special-events/58e639vnv2d9er1maugpo7tig96975

The ultimate visual chronicle of life in New York’s gay community circa 1970, by the incomparable Fred McDarrah, released in time for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion and World Pride Day in June 2019. Fifty years ago this spring, the Stonewall uprising occurred in Greenwich Village....

Fred W. McDarrah
04/29/2019

Fred W. McDarrah

50 years ago today, April 29, 1969, Greenwich Village was designated as the city's second Historic District (first was Brooklyn Heights). Fred W. McDarrah loved, appreciated, and was worried about the future of the Village. He was not alone, as evidenced by his famous May 16, 1960 "Save The Village - Wake Up Mr. Mayor" photo. Let us all tip our hat today to some folks who have worked to, well, save the Village: everyone past and present at the Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation and their heirs, ranging from Jane Jacobs to Ruth Wittenberg to Shirley Hayes and the "stoller moms" who beat down Robert Moses to save Washington Square Park. Carry on.

Fred W. McDarrah
04/29/2019

Fred W. McDarrah

50 years ago today, April 29, 1969, Greenwich Village was designated as the city's second Historic District (first was Brooklyn Heights). Fred W. McDarrah loved, appreciated, and was worried about the future of the Village. He was not alone, as evidenced by his famous May 16, 1960 "Save The Village - Wake Up Mr. Mayor" photo. Let us all tip our hat today to some folks who have worked to, well, save the Village: everyone past and present at the Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation and their heirs, ranging from Jane Jacobs to Ruth Wittenberg to Shirley Hayes and the "stoller moms" who beat down Robert Moses to save Washington Square Park. Carry on.

Stonewall/Gay Greenwich Village tours are booking up fast. This June is of course Stonewall 50/World Pride in NYC. Book ...
03/14/2019
Pride: Photographs After Stonewall

Stonewall/Gay Greenwich Village tours are booking up fast. This June is of course Stonewall 50/World Pride in NYC. Book your tour today, and pre-order a copy of the landmark book that features many of the places the tour goes to! https://www.amazon.com/Pride-Photographs-Stonewall-Fred-McDarrah/dp/1949017117

The ultimate visual chronicle of life in New York’s gay community circa 1970, by the incomparable Fred McDarrah, released in time for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion and World Pride Day in June 2019. Fifty years ago this spring, the Stonewall uprising occurred in Greenwich Village....

See where this famous image was snapped on a Save the Village tour!
01/20/2019

See where this famous image was snapped on a Save the Village tour!

This Week in McBob History: On January 20, 1975, the epic album "Blood on the Tracks" was released. And ten years earlier, on January 22, 1965, Bob Dylan posed for Fred W. McDarrah for a series of photos across the street from the Village Voice offices, in Christopher Park, including the now famous "saluting" photo. Dylan always liked the photo, and last week introduced a tee shirt featuring the famous image. Thanks Bob, we salute you for that!

http://bobdylan.rockandrolltshirts.com/product.php?item=32448&store=bob-dylan

Another busy season this summer - no time to even post on Facebook! Tours continue on into the fall and winter; thanks t...
10/15/2018

Another busy season this summer - no time to even post on Facebook! Tours continue on into the fall and winter; thanks to global warming and climate change, it is warm up to Xmas, and beyond! Can't guarantee light like when this photo was snapped, but we can guarantee a fantastic tour.

Happy Birthday, Bob! The "Save the Village" tour that focuses on Dylan and the Beats goes to this corner, and many more ...
05/24/2018

Happy Birthday, Bob! The "Save the Village" tour that focuses on Dylan and the Beats goes to this corner, and many more Dylan landmarks - places where he lived, loved, played and more. Book a tour today here: http://www.savethevillagetours.com/tours#tours-literary-beats!

A Happy 77th McBirthday today to Bob Dylan! Bob, a regular and longtime subject of Fred W. McDarrah since two weeks after his arrival from Minnesota in 1961, is pictured here outside the offices of the Village Voice, 61 Christopher St. at 7th Avenue South, January 22, 1965. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

A couple from Scotland were tickled plaid to recreate "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" cover on Jones Street on a tour Satur...
04/01/2018

A couple from Scotland were tickled plaid to recreate "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" cover on Jones Street on a tour Saturday. Their daughter took the parents' photo; she was way more interested in seeing the Cornelia St carriage house that Taylor Swift was recently renting. Something for everyone on a Save the Village tour! Book one today!

The people you see on a Save the Village tour. Local restaurateur Mario Batali is a familiar presence on Village streets...
02/23/2018

The people you see on a Save the Village tour. Local restaurateur Mario Batali is a familiar presence on Village streets, in his pink shorts no matter the season. We spotted him on 8th St. the other day, as obviously he has some free time on his hands. In December, twelve women accused Batali of sexual harassment, which led to him taking a leave of absence from his management company and his firing from ABC's "The Chew."

Some new more permanent signage just went up at Christopher Park. Two of the four Save the Village tours start right her...
02/11/2018

Some new more permanent signage just went up at Christopher Park. Two of the four Save the Village tours start right here. As will a temporary The Velvet Underground-themed tour, timed to coincide with the big VU exhibit (with over 100 Fred W. McDarrah photos) opening in April at the new Skylight Modern in Chelsea. Learn more here:https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58c190f38419c2b8c94f2286/t/5a0d1626419202ef1b249d82/1510807087759/Velvet+Underground+Experience+07+-+corrected+grammar.pdf

The bill at the Gaslight Cafe, 116 MacDougal St., December 18, 1962. Appearing there the next week: The Marvelous Mrs. M...
01/26/2018

The bill at the Gaslight Cafe, 116 MacDougal St., December 18, 1962. Appearing there the next week: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

Three of the Save the Village tours pass the Monk Thrift Store on MacDougal St., near West 8th. The store is now gone, w...
01/11/2018

Three of the Save the Village tours pass the Monk Thrift Store on MacDougal St., near West 8th. The store is now gone, we noticed on a chilly tour today. Part of what makes the Village special are quirky, non-chain places like that thrift store. Sad to see it go. Save the Village! Book a tour and learn more about changes through the years. Plus get some exercise.

Baby, its a little cold outside. But tours are still in effect, and a remarkable number of people are braving the elemen...
12/24/2017

Baby, its a little cold outside. But tours are still in effect, and a remarkable number of people are braving the elements. A lot of international visitors lately on holiday jaunts, all determined to go on one of the New York Times-recommended Save the Village tours! Some folks had their tour end over at the Beatrice Inn, as they had reservations. Happy to accommodate! And it's always a great gift idea - who wouldn't like to go on a private, guided, illustrated tour of Greenwich Village - the greatest, most seeped in history and lauded neighborhood from sea-to-shining sea!?

Ho Ho Ho Washington Square Park Tree Lighting, with awful bird cage by overrated and absurdly over-funded foreign artist...
12/14/2017

Ho Ho Ho Washington Square Park Tree Lighting, with awful bird cage by overrated and absurdly over-funded foreign artist, December 6, 2017.

See where this was taken and learn about the three stars in the center of the photo on a Save the Village tour.
12/05/2017

See where this was taken and learn about the three stars in the center of the photo on a Save the Village tour.

We are often baffled why the antics, or more accurately, the disgraceful behavior of the current administration, does not inspire everyone to take to the streets, as it did 50 Years Ago Today, in McPhoto History: View of demonstrators as they march along Broadway during a draft protest that culminated outside the Whitehall Army Induction Center at 39 Whitehall Street, New York, December 5, 1967. Among those visible, poet Allen Ginsberg​ (center, with beard and glasses), American-born Canadian social and urban activist and author Jane Jacobs​ (center, with white hair and oval glasses), and author and critic Susan Sontag (center, next to Jacobs, with black boots and grey trousers). (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

Not a killer photo, but I love that you can see the bell in the tower. Taken today at, well, you can see the time.
11/28/2017

Not a killer photo, but I love that you can see the bell in the tower. Taken today at, well, you can see the time.

This time of year the idea of a night tour gets kicked around. The tree in Washington Square Park, decorations in front ...
11/28/2017

This time of year the idea of a night tour gets kicked around. The tree in Washington Square Park, decorations in front of so many small businesses that really beautify the neighborhood, lit up lampposts, the windows of some of the spectacular brownstone residences. Or the lights on the fence at the Jefferson Market Garden (pictured). Thoughts, anyone?

Save the Village Tours
11/16/2017

Save the Village Tours

The Stonewall tour the other day was happily surprised to run into Mariah Lopez Ebony, offspring of Sylvia Rivera. River...
11/16/2017

The Stonewall tour the other day was happily surprised to run into Mariah Lopez Ebony, offspring of Sylvia Rivera. Rivera was an early trans activist and was present at The Stonewall Inn that fateful June weekend back in 1969. Lopez now runs Strategic Trans Alliance for Radical Reform. You never know who you will see on a Save the Village tour.

One of today's tours stopped to see a sign being removed from Bob Dylan's old place, 161 West 4th. The building, which h...
11/08/2017

One of today's tours stopped to see a sign being removed from Bob Dylan's old place, 161 West 4th. The building, which had been for sale, seems to be undergoing a gut renovation. It was covered in scaffolding by the end of the day.

10/24/2017
Announcing the Stonewall National Monument

Save the Village Tours, Greenwich Village walking tours based on the iconic photos of original Village Voice photographer Fred W. McDarrah, is proud to add "Stonewall and Gay Greenwich Village" to its permanent tour lineup.

The Stonewall tour was first conducted in June 2017 for Gay Pride Month, and proved to be such a success that it will become the first and only regularly scheduled, guided and illustrated walking tour on the Village's LGBTQ history.

As the photographer for the Village Voice, the only (somewhat) mainstream media outlet on Earth paying serious and respectful attention to gay issues and events in the 1960s and 1970s, Fred W. McDarrah amassed what is generally regarded as the largest collection of gay-themed documentary photos taken by one individual, ever. Stops on the tour range from Eleanor Roosevelt's residence to the dance club where the first mirrored glitter ball is said to have hung from the ceiling.

McDarrah images have become the signature photos of what is now inclusively referred to as LGBTQ+ history; his photos were featured by the Barack Obama White House in the video announcing the Stonewall National Monument in 2016 (https://youtu.be/ywtvJyXDWkk), hang in the National Portrait Gallery and are in hundreds of public and private collections.
As with all Save The Village tours, which include "The Beats and Bob Dylan," "The East Village," "The Artist's World" and "Save the Village," with the "Stonewall" tour every ticket includes a free keepsake postcard packet of photos, many of which are sure to be viewed and displayed worldwide as Stonewall 50 approaches in June 2019.

Scheduled tours start November 8 and continue every Wednesday at 11 am. Private and group tours are available.

"I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s national parks system. Stonewall will be our first national monument to ...

Informative, decorative plaque outside 64 West 10th St.
10/23/2017

Informative, decorative plaque outside 64 West 10th St.

Halloween approaches. Spotted on a tour today: Gary Tomei (the father of the actress) decorating his West Village stoop....
10/17/2017

Halloween approaches. Spotted on a tour today: Gary Tomei (the father of the actress) decorating his West Village stoop. And the Village Voice is sponsoring the annual parade. They won't be printing much about it however.

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