LindaAnn Loschiavo moved to Greenwich Village as a teenager when criminal activity permeated the neighborhood. Rather than being discouraged she turned to bodybuilding for self-defense. An avid interest in both local and women’s history inspired LindaAnn to write a play ‘Courting Mae West’ which is based on a famous 1928 incident in which the Broadway star was arrested, taken to the Women’s House of Detention, and prosecuted on morals charges at Jefferson Courthouse -- which is now Jefferson Market Library. LindaAnn says traces of the old Village can still be found today. (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.