Stuyvesant Street in the East Village. Photo via Flickr/Frankie Foto

The East Village has a rich history, and the remnants that still persist from the different immigrant groups who made this Manhattan neighborhood their home help the area keep its cool amidst rapid development. In the earliest days, Dutch settlers dominated the East Village, while German immigrants moved into the neighborhood later on. Later, it was a hot spot for the mafia during the era Prohibition era. The East Village then saw its fair share of artists and beatnik poets, like Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith and more.

Discover the secrets of the East Village that reveal the depth of the neighborhood’s history.


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An exhibit on Frank Lloyd Wright, the influential architect the Museum of Modern Art hails as “one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century,” will be at The MoMA next year from June 12 to October 1st, 2017.  The exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, will be culling from the archives of not only The MoMA and the Frank Lloyd Wright archive but also the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, will comprise about 450 works spanning over 60 years. Expect to find architectural drawings, models, video and and print media, and other ephemera, some of which The MoMA has shared with us here.


Crimson Beech Partial - Staten Island - Frank Lloyd Wright - Untapped Cities - NYC-001The Crimson Beech in Staten Island, one of the Marshal Erdman Prefab Houses. Image via Wikimedia Commons

Many know Frank Lloyd Wright as the legendary architect and mastermind behind several vast, important buildings (including the Guggenheim Museum) around the country. However, he also built houses for middle-class Americans in the mid 1900s. While we’re used to his grand creations, you can actually go to Staten Island to see one of these other constructions: The Crimson Beech.


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Few buildings in New York City strike a more iconic silhouette than the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. A concrete spiral and one of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright‘s most notable creations, the museum sees just as many visitors seeking to appreciate its architecture as it does visitors coming for the art. Built in 1959, the story of its conception and construction married Wright’s avant-garde design instinct with Solomon R. Guggenheim’s taste for art that pushed boundaries. The building, which was renovated in full in 2005, is one of the most popular destinations in the city’s art scene even eighty years after its opening day. Here are the top 10 secrets we found about the place.


stmarks-towers-frank-lloyd-write-glass-tower-untappedWright’s towers surrounding St. Mark’s Church. Source: Architizer.

In 1927, architect Frank Lloyd Wright began plans for three to four all-glass apartment towers in the East Village at 11th Street and 2nd Avenue. The unprecedented buildings, which would have been the first all-glass ones in New York, were commissioned by the Reverend William Norman Guthrie of St. Mark’s Church. Though the modern structure would have towered over the revered church, rent from Wright’s apartments would have provided a much-needed influx of funds for the church. This wouldn’t have happened today though–in 1966 the church was landmarked and in 1984 the St. Mark’s Historic District was extended to include the row houses on 10th Street that would have been demolished with Wright’s plan.  (more…)

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In April of 2013, Frank Lloyd Wright’s auto showroom on 430 Park Avenue quietly disappeared and will soon be replaced by a TD Bank. The Hoffman Auto Showroom was home to the latest and greatest imported cars for nearly sixty years, but even more importantly, was one of the three remaining Wright design commissions in New York City (the other two being the Guggenheim Museum and Cass House on Staten Island).