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Greenwich Village with H. P. Lovecraft

Gay Street in Greenwich Village (Courtesy of New York Transit Museum/Urban Archive)

Greenwich Village was the New York City epicenter of modern art, experimental literature, and radical politics in the 1920s. During his brief New York sojourn (1924-1926), author H. P. Lovecraft loved visiting this neighborhood for its architecture and urban design. He wandered its streets — often at dusk or deep in the night — and swooned at the simple sight of a vintage lamppost, a curving alleyway, or a door knocker.

While strolling through Greenwich Village, Lovecraft felt that he could step into a past New York. Thanks to the photographic treasures preserved by New York cultural institutions and collected by Urban Archive, we can walk him.

Read my piece on H. P. Lovecraft’s Greenwich Village here.

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