Back By Popular Demand: East Village Rock Tours – Part 2

Thursday, August 25
6:00pm – 7:15pm ET

In-Person Outdoor Walking Tour.   
Free.

In July we offerred our first Rock Tour of the year and the demand was overwhelming– so we’re bringing it back in August with Parts 1 and 2.

Rock n’ roll has been deeply rooted in our neighborhoods since the art form was first invented, with many of its greatest practitioners drawn here to live or perform, while others had their careers launched here. Alongside Rock n’ Roll history is the rich history of archetecture in our neighborhoods. We’ll discover both the history of those who impacted music, as well as the architectural history of the places where they made such an impact.

From the Ramones to the Beastie Boys, and Patty Smith to Nirvana, our neighborhood is lined with the buildings that opened their doors to these icons of rock n’ roll. Songs such as The Ramone’s “I Just Wanna Have Something to Do” reference the precise locations in our neighborhoods.

The venues that once set the stage for legendary bands may be of the past, but the buildings still stand in the present. No one tour can comprehensively cover all of the rock history in our neighborhood. Below find a detailed description for each tour so you can choose the one that most appeals to you. Follow the Village Preservation team as we guide you through the architectural history of Rock N’ Roll and uncover the star-studded background of our streets.

Rock Tour: Part 2

This tour will begin at the corner of 1st Ave and St. Marks (132 1st Ave.) and will end at 315 Bowery (between E 1st and E 2nd sts) at the spot where CBGBs made a lasting impact on music and culture in New York and beyond. There will be a few stops in between featuring a classic Ramone’s reference and the “Church of Rock n Roll.”

Meet up location:  1st Ave and St. Marks (132 1st Ave.)

Accessibility: The meet up location is outdoors and sidewalk accessible. The tour will last about 75 minutes and will be an active walking tour across NYC streets and sidewalks.

Individual registration is required for each tour.

Header Photo Details: Copyright Estate of Fred W. McDarrah. Our special thanks to the Estate of Fred W. McDarrah for their support of GVSHP.

“American rock group the Doors perform on stage at the Fillmore East, New York, New York. Pictured are, from left, singer Jim Morrison (1943 – 1971), keyboard player Ray Manzarek, and guitarist Robby Krieger.” Photo from Village Preservation’s Historic Image Archive.