Greenwich Village is well known as the home to libertines in the 1920s and feminists in the 1960s and ’70s. But going back to at least the 19th century, the neighborhoods now known as Greenwich Village, the East Village, and Noho were home to pioneering women who defied convention and changed the course of history, from the first female candidate for President, to America’s first woman doctor, to the “mother of birth control.” This Women’s History Month, here are just a few of those trailblazing women, and the sites associated with them.
Photo fo Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe via Rena Silverman/Flickr
The second floor of this Clinton Hill townhouse at 160 Hall Street once housed punk legend Patti Smith and her then-boyfriend, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The year was 1967, and the rent was $80 a month. As the New York Post points out, that translates roughly to about $600 a month today. Now, the completely renovated townhouse dating back to 1901 is on the market for a whopping $8,000 a month. And it’s far from “aggressively seedy” as Smith once described it.
- Next Wednesday, April 15, hear renowned photographers of the NYC hip-hop scene talk about their experiences. The event is related to the exhibit Hip Hop Revolution. [MCNY]
- Exploring the aisles of Pearl River Mart, Soho’s “glorious tchotchke and home goods emporium,” which will close at the end of the year following a rent hike. [Gothamist]
- Fantastic Cities is an architecture-themed coloring book for adults. [Inhabitat]
- Patti Smith is headlining the East Village relief benefit Sunday at Theatre 80. [EV Grieve]
- Check out this well-traveled studio apartment in Bed Stuy. [Apartment Therapy]
Images: Pearl River Mart (L); Patti Smith (R)