Allen Ginsberg, born June 3, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, was one of the most prominent figures in the “Beat Generation” artistic movement (along with others such as Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs). Ginsberg’s childhood was clearly influential on his later life, as his father Louis was an English teacher and his mother Naomi …
Fanny Kemble: Broadway’s 1830s Star
Biography: Fanny Kemble was born Frances Ann Kemble in London, England on the 27th of November 1809 to Charles Kemble and Maria Theresa De Camp. She became one of New York City’s most famous actresses in the 1830’s, along with her father. Kemble’s career began as a necessary form of earning money in order to …
Gay Liberation Monument
A monument accompanied by a sculpture by George Segal representing the gay rights movement. This movement was evoked by events occurring at the Stonewall Inn, right across the street. https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/christopher-park/monuments/575
An old speakeasy on 86 Bedford Street visited by various famous American writers: John Steinback, Willa Cather, Edna Vincent Millay, and E.E. Cummings. Though today it is just a pub, Chumley’s is still an interesting place to visit for its atmosphere and vast history. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chumley’s
Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park located in Greenwich Village in the 1900s.
Fashion became popular in New York City especially during the 1900s.Wealthy Women spent a lot of time going shopping in different stores purchasing elaborate outfits. Above is a picture from a window display of a high-end department store in the upper-east side of Manhattan.
Island of Manhattan
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world. Authors use it as their muse time and time again. Hart Crane writes a beautiful poem, “To Brooklyn Bridge,” celebrating and revering the miraculous work of engineering.
Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Recuerdo” describes the free-spirited lifestyle of gypsies in NYC in 1919. She describes the beautiful imagery of NYC, “And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold, / And the sun rose dripping, a bucketful of gold” (Lines 11-12).