The Merry Life: Greenwich Village. Lew Frank Jr., Fred McDarrah, photos.
The Merry Life: Greenwich Village
The Merry Life: Greenwich Village
The Merry Life: Greenwich Village

The Merry Life: Greenwich Village. Complete Guide to Sights and Satisfactions

New York: Go Guides, Inc., 1963. 1st Edition. 16mo, vertical flip format, publisher's stapled photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.

Early 1960s pocket guidebook to Greenwich Village. In addition to the expected coverage of bars and restaurants, theater, art galleries, shopping, and architecture, the guide emphasizes the bohemian heritage of New York City's "Left Bank," especially as manifested in its latest iteration, beatniks and hipsters (a "Hip Glossary" gives definitions for such words and phrases as "bag," "cat," "drag," "make it," "make the scene," "with it," etc.). Notably, the guide advances a progressive, communal outlook on the neighborhood, in the spirit of Jane Jacobs' landmark work on urban planning The Death and Life of Great American Cities, published just two years earlier: "the Village is an entity because its residents, despite vast differences in outlook and pocketbook, consider themselves one community. Though within its vague borders reside arch conservatives and militant radicals, immigrants and Social Registerites, hungry painters and well-fed stockbrokers – let any outside force threaten the neighborhood and all contradictions are resolved in a mass of outrage and organization." Illustrated with numerous black-and-white photos (several by prolific Village Voice photographer Fred McDarrah), maps and line drawings. Issued as #107 in the publisher's Go Guides series. Light wear. Near fine. Scarce. Item #2080


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