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Ghosts of Off the Grid Past

Rudolph can trace his origins back to Greenwich Village

Traditions abound during the holiday season. For many, family and charity are top priorities, while for others, shopping is the order of the day. And for most cultures, food plays a large role in the gatherings and traditions of the season. And popular culture is a highlight for many as well. So on this Christmas Eve, I thought I would review some of the past holiday posts we have offered here on Off the Grid.

The Washington Square Park tree. Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Nat Kaufman Collection, c. 1950.

Despite the record high temperatures this weekend here in the Village, many associate the holiday season with snow. This post features some breath-taking photographs of Washington Square Park in the snow.

For many, the holidays are not the holidays without a tree. But if your apartment is too small, both Washington Square and Tompkins Square Parks have got you covered.

For those of you who have actually finished with your shopping, you might enjoy learning more about the history of S. Klein department store and Wanamaker’s department store.

Popular culture is part of many of holiday tradition.

That special nosh is part of almost every holiday. Check out some of these East Village eats.

Looking for a new tradition? Learn more about the annual un-silent night walk that goes from West to East Village.

And finally, for those who can’t do without their holiday movies and TV specials, read up on how Rudolph was born in Greenwich Village.

Happy Holidays from GVSHP!

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