Otis Kidwell Burger

Otis Kidwell Burger (1923-2021) lived on Bethune Street for 58 years, where her life intertwined with some of the most intriguing and important figures in the Village during that time. She rented a room to Jane Jacobs in the 1950’s, during which time she wrote “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” and threw parties at her home attended by Norman Mailer and several other great 20th century literary luminaries. In her interview, Ms. Burger reflects on the major changes she has seen in the Village since the 1950’s and discusses her incredible family history, which includes her great-grandfather, Sidney Howard Gay, the Editor of The Anti-Slavery Standard, who is sometimes thought to be the namesake of Gay Street.