The Village Trip

The Village Trip is a new annual festival celebrating the history and heritage of Greenwich Village. In honor of the festival, enjoy fifteen of our favorite books about the village.

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  • A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties

    By Suze Rotolo

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780767926881
    • Publisher: Broadway Books
    • Published: May 2009
    Suze Rotolo's firsthand account of the immensely creative and fertile years of the 1960s, chronicling the backstory of Greenwich Village in the early days of the folk music explosion, when Bob Dylan was honing his skills, and Rotolo was in the ring with him. 240p.
  • Another Country

    By James Baldwin

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679744719
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: February 1993
    Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, this novel of passion - sexual, racial, political, artistic - is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, black and white,stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at their most elemental and sublime. First published in 1962.
  • Devil's Mile : The Rich, Gritty History of the Bowery

    By Alice Sparberg Alexiou

    Our Price: $28.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781250021380
    • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
    • Published: July 2018
    The Bowery was a synonym for despair throughout most of the 20th century. The very name evoked visuals of drunken bums passed out on the sidewalk, and New Yorkers nicknamed it “Satan’s Highway,” “The Mile of Hell,” and “The Street of Forgotten Men.” For years the little businesses along the Bowery?stationers, dry goods sellers, jewelers, hatters?periodically asked the city to change the street’s name. To have a Bowery address, they claimed, was hurting them; people did not want to venture there. But when New York exploded into real estate frenzy in the 1990s, developers discovered the Bowery. They rushed in and began tearing down. Today, Whole Foods, hipster night spots, and expensive lofts have replaced the old flophouses and dive bars, and the bad old Bowery no longer exists. In Devil’s Mile, Alice Sparberg Alexiou tells the story of The Bowery, starting with its origins, when forests covered the surrounding area, and through the pre-Civil War years, when country estates of wealthy New Yorkers lined this thoroughfare. She then describes The Bowery’s deterioration in stunning detail, starting in the post-bellum years. She ends her historical exploration of this famed street in the present, bearing witness as the old Bowery buildings, and the memories associated with them, are disappearing.
  • Exploring the Original West Village

    By Alfred Pommer

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781609491512
    • Publisher: The History Press
    • Published: June 2011
    Greenwich Village is a tourist’s dream and a favorite weekend destination for New Yorkers. Holding its own amid the noise and confusion of the twenty-first century, it still retains much of the character of the old farming community that was part of the original settlement of Manhattan. The West Village, the northwest section of the neighborhood, is bounded by the Hudson River on the west and Greenwich Avenue on the east and is where it all began. Famous people such as Sinclair Lewis, Fiorello LaGuardia, William “Bill the Butcher” Poole, Frank Serpico, James Baldwin, and Jackson Pollock, among dozens of others, called this neighborhood home. Stroll down the back streets and along the waterfront and peer behind the facades of these historic structures to discover its intriguing history, hidden secrets and little –known tales. Illus., black-and-white photos & maps. 125p.
  • Joe Gould's Secret

    By Joseph Mitchell

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375708046
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: December 1999
    Chronicles the up-and-down life of the celebrated writer and prototypical Greenwich Village bohemian
  • Just Kids

    By Patti Smith

    Our Price: $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060936228
    • Publisher: Ecco
    • Published: November 2010
    JUST KIDS starts out as a love story and ends up on Elegy Row. Serving as a Baudelarian salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions, it makes for a true fable, a portrait of two young artists, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, ascending the halcyon daze to fame. Smith's penchant for immortalizing herself this side of the graveyard dog, lets all the struggle and morphing genius connect for a rhythmic ride through that singular time and space. Smith plants herself at the epicenter of a time when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, Smith/Mapplethorpe would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years. And starring the Hotel Chelsea. With b&w photos. A New York Times Bestseller.
  • Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir

    By Anatole Broyard

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679781264
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: June 1997
    What Hemingway's A Moveable Feast did for Paris in the 1920s, this charming, epigrammatic memoir does for Greenwich Village in the late 1940s, a time when 'if it hadn't been for books, we would have been completely at the mercy of sex.' 149p.
  • On Christopher Street: Transgender Portraits

    By Mark Seliger

    Our Price: $33.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780847858316
    • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.
    • Published: October 2016
  • Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Fariña

    By David Hajdu

    Our Price: $11.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312680695
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: May 2011
    The enduring and endearing story of how folk music amped up to rock via the duende artiste Bob Dylan in the New York City of the 1960s. Bob & Joan and Richard & Mimi made Village bohemianism an inspiration to a generation that followed suit. Based on hundreds of interviews. Notes, Bibliography, Index. Illus., b&w photographs. 328p.
  • Republic of Dreams: Greenwich Village: The American Bohemia, 1910-1960

    By Ross Wetzsteon

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684869964
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: October 2002
    A richly woven history of Greenwich Village's Golden Age and of the artists, rebels, and eccentrics who made the village a cultural phenomenon. The author presents a vibrant portrait of the Village through the remarkable and often interrelated stories of its legendary residents, including Eugene O'Neill; Edna St. Vincent Millay; Dawn Powell; the fiery and passionate anarchist Emma Goldman; the pioneering advocate of birth control, Margaret Sanger; and the group of Abstract Expressionists, including Jackson Pollock, and Marcel Duchamp. Selected Bibliography, Index. Illus., b&w photos. 619p.
  • St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street

    By Ada Calhoun

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393353303
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: November 2016
  • The Fuck-Up

    By Arthur Nersesian

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780671027636
    • Publisher: Pocket Books
    • Published: May 1999
    A modern cult classic, 'The Fuck-Up' is Nersesian's portrait of 1980's downtown New York City told through the eyes of a underachieving, slacker, wannabe writer. Capturing the bustling, kinetic spirit of the East Village, Nersesian chronicles the outrageous adventures of his anti-hero as he passes between jobs and girlfriends. From posing as a homosexual man to gain employment at a gay-porn theater to starting an affair with a woman old enough to be his mother, 'The Fuck-Up' is a touchstone portrait of a hip, bohemian lifestyle that is both raucously funny and insightful.
  • Washington Square

    By Henry James

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780141441368
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • Published: December 2007
    When timid and plain Catherine Sloper acquires a dashing and determined suitor, her father, convinced that the young man is nothing more than a fortune-hunter, decides to put a stop to their romance. Torn between a desire to win her father's approval and passion for the first man who has ever declared his love for her, Catherine faces an agonizing choice, and eventually becomes all too aware of the restrictions that others seek to place on her freedom. James's novel interweaves the public and private faces of nineteenth-century New York society, and is also a study of innocence destroyed.
  • Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City

    By Anthony Flint

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780812981360
    • Publisher: Random House Trade
    • Published: February 2011
    The rivalry of Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, a struggle for the soul of a city, New York City, is one of the most dramatic and consequential in modern American history. Standing up against government plans for the city, Jacobs marshaled popular support and political power against consummate power broker and 'urban renewal' mogul Robert Moses, whether to block traffic thorgh her beloved Washington Square Park or to prevent the construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, an elevated superhighway that would have destroyed centuries-old streetscapes and displaced thousand of families. By confronting Moses, Jacobs forever changed the way Americans understood the city. Her story reinscribes the power of individuals to confront and defy reckless authority. Notes, Index. B&W illus. 231p.