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Bohemian Greenwich Village and NYC Culture in the 1910s and '20s

Explore the culture of New York City in the 20th century prior to the Crash of ’29 and the Great Depression. It is the New York City of Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Era, the Ashcan School painters of Greenwich Village, the 1913 Armory Show, and the advent of modernism. F. Scott Fitzgerald famously represented the era not only in The Great Gatsby (1925), but also in his poignantly personal Jazz Age essays. This is the era when Greenwich Village emerged prominently as an artistic, intellectual, and politically activist center of New York life. Village intellectuals involved themselves in multiple and sometimes contrarian affiliations—with radical labor leaders such as the Wobblies’ “Big Bill” Haywood, along with Fifth Avenue socialites and art collectors such as Mabel Dodge Luhan. This also is the era when New York City architecture turns distinctly vertical, and we trace the evolution of New York buildings from Beaux-Arts monumentality to the development of the skyscraper, culminating with the iconic Empire State Building project.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with the culture of 1910s and ’20s NYC
  • An understanding of how Greenwich Village emerged as an artistic, intellectual, and politically activist center of NYC

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
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