EAST VILLAGE ECHOS
an interactive documentary
EAST VILLAGE ECHOS
An Interactive Documentary and Self-Guided Experiential Tour of Lost Landmarks
East Village Echos is built on first-person accounts of the once thriving live music scene of NYC’s East Village. Its archival activism serves as a cautionary tale told in an effort to preserve the cultural history and importance of the area’s legendary music venues and popular space that are now closed due to the pressures of gentrification, rising rents and commercial development.
There was a time in history when New York City’s East Village was the epicenter of cutting edge artistic expression, especially for alternative music. However, the live music venues became a victim of their own popularity when the crowds they brought into the neighborhood were followed by gentrification and real estate developers. However, the energy and vitality dissipated as rising rents caused venues to close and forced the people who were a driving force in the scene out of the neighborhood and scattered them throughout the city and beyond. This resulted in the concentration of creativity being diminished and the music scene there to wither and fade. This project preserves personal stories from that community that otherwise might be lost.
The project incorporates oral histories, an interactive map for self-guided tours and random access to site-specific information, Spotify playlists of some of the music that came from the area and tools for people to share their own stories.
STEP 1 - Check out this video introduction:
STEP 2 - Click on the interactive map below to check out some of the great East Village venues that are no longer there.
STEP 3 - Take a walking tour and make sure to bring along some of the music from the playlists below that used to fill the neighborhood.
Here are some Spotify playlists of music connected to the area:
(If you like what you hear streaming, please support the bands by buying their music)
STEP 4 - Do you have memories of the East Village music scene that you'd like to share?
Call us to record your stories over the phone at (646) 979-8895
Email your photos and scans to EastVillageEchos@gmail.com
STEP 5 - If you want more, check these sites out: