In January 1961, Robert Zimmerman arrived in New York City’s Greenwich Village to find his folk hero Woody Guthrie. Oh, Zimmerman is none other than America’s freshly minted Nobel laureate Bob Dylan. Many decades have passed, and Greenwich Village is completely different today. But it’s fascinating to explore what landmarks still remain, bearing silent witness to a future legendary folk singer songwriter’s formative days here.
- Mike Porco owned the restaurant-turned-music-venue Gerde’s Folk City in New York’s Greenwich Village, and one October night, a few friends showed up to celebrate Mr. Porco’s birthday.
- Allen Ginsberg was there, as were the familiar folkies Phil Ochs and Bob Neuwirth. None were better known than Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, who first met at the original Gerde’s and performed that night as well.
- The year was 1975, and Mr. Dylan, not yet a Nobel Prize winner but long since a songwriting legend, was in the middle of his third stint living in the Village.
“Greenwich Village is drastically different now from the place Mr. Dylan left behind, but there are still remnants from his days of leading a generation-defining music scene.”