City Spotlight:: Raise a Glass to Literary Greenwich Village
The Birth of the Bohemians
With bestsellers in mind, perhaps the most famous literary hangout is the White Horse Tavern on 567 Hudson Street. This pub gained popularity during the bohemian movements of the 1950s and 60s. Originally the White Horse played host to longshoremen, but the lure of inexpensive booze soon drew the likes of Bob Dylan, Hunter S. Thompson, Jane Jacobs and Jack Kerouac. Kerouac was banned from the White Horse Tavern on several occasions, but that did not stop him from frequenting the institution, along with Beat cohorts Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs.