The Flamboyant and the Bohemian — Greenwich Village and How It Became Famous

Thursday, January 19

6:00pm – 7:15pm ET

Free. Zoom Webinar.

Pre-registration is required.

In its earliest years Greenwich Village was a refuge from the yellow fever epidemic downtown. By the early 20th century, the Village had become home to artists, writers, and playwrights looking for an unconventional environment and creative freedom. Protesters came here in their struggles for the vote for women, better working conditions, opposition to war, in support for LGBTQ+ rights, and to advance feminist ideals. Join Village Preservation and Joyce Gold for a trip through the Greenwich Village as we discover the history, architecture, and movements that brought our neighborhood to the public stage. 

Highlights include:

• The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and the labor movement

• Literary figures — Henry James, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Willa Cather, Eugene O’Neill

• 19th century residential architecture as a social document

• Coffeehouses of the Beat Generation

• The Minetta trout stream and street design

• Landmarking and preservation controversies

Photo credit: “Violinist performing in Washington Square Park, with fountain visible behind” Village Preservation (GVSHP) Image Archive, Pryor Dodge Collection, c. 1967.

Joyce Gold (she,her) is an expert and educator in New York history and for over 30 years has been guiding New Yorkers and visitors alike.

Joyce’s Custom Tours give clients the best of New York just the way they want it. Her clients include scores of individuals and families, corporations, hotels, real estate developers, museums, universities, professional schools, alumni organizations, schools, religious groups, Junior Leagues, libraries, and more. In addition, Joyce offers Scheduled Tours for the public most weekends of the year.

Illustrated Talks by Joyce are another way clients can share New York with their special groups. For those looking for a comprehensive overview of Manhattan history, Joyce teaches courses at New York University.

Joyce has published two guidebooks: From Windmills to the World Trade Center: A Walking Guide through the History of Lower Manhattan and From Trout Stream to Bohemia: A Walking Guide through the History of Greenwich Village. She has contributed entries to The Encyclopedia of New York City, edited by Kenneth T. Jackson of Columbia University. Her article, “Learning on Foot: Walking Tours of New York City” appeared in the Parents League 2007 Review.

After teaching English in NYC public schools, Joyce moved to the computer field and became a systems analyst. While working at the Federal Reserve Bank in the Financial District, she came across a 100-year old book that opened her eyes to the layers of time visible as she walked the historic streets of Lower Manhattan.

Joyce first started giving weekend tours while she had a full time job as a systems analyst and later as a real estate broker. But as the demand for her tours grew and her interest in pursuing Manhattan history deepened, she made the leap, starting Joyce Gold History Tours of New York and becoming one of Manhattan’s earliest independent full-time tour guides.

Joyce Gold leading a tour for Village Preservation.

Photo credit (top): Pryor Dodge, from our Historic Image Archive

Thursday, January 19, 2023
6:00 pm

Thursday, January 19

6:00pm – 7:15pm ET

Free. Zoom Webinar.

Pre-registration is required.