Famous Faces of Greenwich Village Past and Present

Manhattan's Greenwich Village has long been a center of New York City art and culture -- and counter-culture. A number of celebrities, both past and present, have also called this vibrant district home over the years.

The Village has been the center of progressive and bohemian American culture since the 19th century. The 1857 construction of the Tenth Street Studio Building drew artists from around the country, including Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, Edward Lamson Henry and Winslow Homer. In the 1900s, many influential artists called the Hotel Albert home, including Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. Though today, the prohibitive cost of housing has precluded many artists from living in the Village, although it’s home to popular designer Marc Jacobs.

Writers, poets and playwrights have long been drawn to the Village. Well-known residents from the late 19th and early 20th centuries include Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, William Faulkner, Eugene O’Neill, Robert Louis Stevenson, Anais Nin, and Thomas Wolfe. Perhaps the Village is best known as the home of Beat Generation authors James Baldwin, Allen Ginsbeg, Jack Kerouac, James Baldwin, William S. Burroughs, Truman Capote, Truman Capote, Marianne Moore and Dylan Thomas. Contemporary residents related to the literary and publishing world include Maya Angelou, Rod McKuen, Calvin Trillin and Anna Wintour.

Many actors and musicians have lived in Greenwich Village over the years, including folk legends Bob Dylan and the members of Peter, Paul and Mary, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono. At one time, Lenny Bruce, Bette David, Lauren Bacall, Jessica Lange, Al Pacino and Martin Sheen were Villagers. Contemporary celebrities that call Greenwich Village home include television personalities Alan Colmes and Anderson Cooper, actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Julianne Moore, Leontyne Price, Amy Sedaris, Emma Stone, Uma Thurman and Edward Norton; and musician Steve Earle.

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