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March 06, 2014

A Greenwich Village Tale

By Ingrid Skjong | Books

A Greenwich Village Tale
Photo by Robert Otter, 1965

If neighborhoods could talk, New York’s Greenwich Village would have plenty to say. And thanks to the new book Greenwich Village Stories: A Collection of Memories (Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation in collaboration with Rizzoli International Publications; $30), readers get to hear its tales (almost) straight from the source—namely 66 notable residents, who themselves figure into their home turf’s mystique as much as the jazz clubs, restaurants and residences do.

The likes of Calvin Trillin, Brooke Shields, Mimi Sheraton, Lou Reed, Wynton Marsalis, Graydon Carter, Donna Karan and Patricia Clarkson weigh in with short stories and poems. Read excerpts from the pieces written by Simon Doonan, Barneys New York creative ambassador, and Nat Hentoff, columnist and music critic, here.

In celebration of the book, several of the contributors will hold readings in the coming weeks. John Leguizamo kicks things off at Strand Bookstore on April 10 (7 P.M.; 828 Broadway; strandbooks.com), and Doonan joins performance artist Penny Arcade, Isaac Mizrahi, Parker Posey and others at Symphony Space on April 23 (7:30 P.M.; 2537 Broadway; symphonyspace.org). Greenwich Village Stories: A Collection of Memories is available March 25 at bookstores everywhere; gvshp.org.