Arthur Stoliar moved from Brooklyn to Greenwich Village in 1953, where he still lives. Activist Jane Jacobs was a great influence and he became a community leader opposed to plans of developers such as Robert Moses. Arthur was appointed member of the Community Board and as chairman of two committees he received constant applications to change old streets and build new roads through the Village. Many of these proposals were unpopular and were defeated, sometimes after long legal battles. (Summary Written By: Elizabeth Downs)
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This is a community-based oral history project at Jefferson Market Library that works to both preserve and document Greenwich Village neighborhood history through the stories of people who have experienced it.
From December 2013 - April 2014, trained volunteer interviewers worked to collect over 100 oral histories of people who have a longtime relationship with Greenwich Village. This collection represents the voices of individuals who have lived, worked or spent over 20 years in the neighborhood.
We invite you to browse these oral histories - unedited interviews between Interviewers and Storytellers. These recordings will also be accessible at The New York Public Library in The Milstein Division, in circulating collection at Jefferson Market Library, and on this website.