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Bobby Edwards, the Troubadour of Greenwich Village (19)

January 14th, 2013 · 2 Comments

This battered and stained booklet is on sale online for an exorbitant price.  Fortunately, I was able to snag a scan of the cover.  It was published in 1919 by The Quill; Edwards was not yet editor, but apparently had free rein in the guidebook.  I’d like to know more, but will content myself with admiring Art Goat.

(Posted by Doug Skinner)


Tags: Bobby Edwards · Ephemera

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  • 1 Win // Jan 17, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Unable to leave Comments section on this wonderful blog unmolested for more than a tide or two, I offer the following, lifted from another blog, regarding the construction in 1947 of the NYU Law Center:

    “Further searching in the New York Times revealed that Villagers, who lived on this block specifically, did in fact protest; and the Greenwich Village Association formed a committee against the building’s construction. Many of the objectors were cited as living in apartments at 46 Washington Square South, and as one article claims, they were able to raise the support of nearly 8,000 community members. Although the protests were ultimately unsuccessful- as the Vanderbilt building stands there today- this united protest is representative of the character of the Village. Large scale community efforts became more popular in Greenwich Village in the early 1900s with the creation of community groups like the Washington Square Association and the Greenwich Village Improvement Society. Nearly 40 years after the creation of such groups, the strong sense of community and desire to preserve the neighborhood that is such a part of the Village personality was still apparent.”

    I don’t know if Mr. Edwards was still alive and thriving at the address in 1947, but it’s nice to think of his house as a hotbed of mulish defense of the old Greenwich.

  • 2 Doug // Jan 17, 2013 at 1:16 am

    According to his “Times” obit, he died in 1948 — but had moved from the Village in 1944. He apparently wasn’t happy with how it had changed. I hope he heard about the resistance springing from his old building!

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