Chris Billias comes from a musical family in Brooklyn. As a teenager Chris chose to attend public school in Manhattan. At that age he spent a lot of time around Greenwich Village bars and clubs where he was too young to be admitted but could still hear the live music from his spot outside on the sidewalk. His first job was working as a figure model at New York art schools and he posed for many individual artists as well. Chris traveled often pursuing interests in writing, music and Kalmyk Buddhism but he always returned to New York’s downtown neighborhoods and still lives in the East Village. (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.