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• The Village is based on the 200 acres of land Dutchman Wouter Van Twiller turned into a tobacco plantation he named Bossen Bouwery (Farm in the Woods). His farmhouse is thought to have been the first built in the area. Late in the 1630s he transferred two parcels of the plantation to Jan Van Rotterdam and Francis Lastley; the lane that ran between their farms would eventually come to be known as Christopher Street, the oldest street in the area.
• In 1644, the first black residents moved into the area, when New Amsterdam granted some of its slaves their “half-freedom” to grow food for themselves and for the colonists on mostly tiny parcels of land between today’s Houston and Christopher streets. Among them, former slave Domingo Anthony farmed a plot at the northwest corner of today’s Washington Square Park, and Paul d’Angola a lot between Minetta Lane and Thompson Street. A lane connecting the farms that followed the banks of the Minetta Brook was called the Negroes’ Causeway in colonial times. It is today’s Minetta Street.
• Washington Square Park began as a gallows and a potters’ field for eighteenth-century plague victims.
• The famous Puccini opera, La Bohème was based on Scenes de la vie Bohème, an 1849 play which was in turn based on a series of sketches about the bohemian Village friends of Henry Burger. The play was a huge hit, and suddenly Paris—then all France, then all of the Western world—was fascinated with bohemians. Riding the wave, Murger published Scenes as a book in 1851, which became an international bestseller.
• Greenwich Village contained multitudes: the best known, the bohemian village, lived alongside Henry James’ genteel, patrician Greenwich Village, north of Washington Square, home to some of the oldest and richest families in the city. It was also home to large working-class communities of Italians and Irish.
• Three of the most colorful mayors of the twentieth century came out of the Village: the charming and lackadaisical Jimmy Walker, the indefatigable Fiorello La Guardia—both natives—and Ed “How’m I doing?” Koch, who moved to the Village as an adult. Heavyweight champion Gene Tunney, the Bard of Biff, was a Village native, as was Vincent “Chin” Gigante, the Daffy Don of the Genovese Mafia family, as were the gangsters who inspired On the Waterfront.
• The title of Edward Albee’s famous play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, came from a wall of graffiti in the West village.