East Village Tenement Housed “the Most Dangerous Woman in America” – GVSHP.ORG

Anarchist and revolutionary thinker Emma Goldman, known for her political activism, writing, and speeches, can claim East 13th as her home in the early twentieth century. Goldman was known for supporting a wide-range of controversial causes, including free speech, birth control, women’s equality, union organization, and workers’ rights. She was considered, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, one of the most dangerous women in the country.

Emma Goldman
Goldman was born in Kovno, Lithuania (then part of the Russian Empire), in 1869. She eventually emigrated with her sister to Rochester, New York, where she worked long days in a factory. In 1889, she left her work and husband and came to New York City. Here she met prominent anarchists Johann Most and Alexander Berkman. Goldman had a life-long relationship with Berkman, both as a friend and lover. A year later, Goldman began to lecture in New York City and throughout the country.

Plaque commemorating Emma Goldman at 208 East 13th Street

It is not until 1903 that she moves to a tenement at what is now 208 East 13th Street in the East Village, built in 1901 to house thirty-six families. There is a plaque dedicated to Goldman on the building, but it is unclear who erected this tribute to her. A New York Times article from May 20, 1906, reporting on Alexander Berkman’s release from prison, states that he sent letters to an E.G. Smith at 210 East 13th Street during his time in prison. This building also served as the office of Goldman’s publication Mother Earth, a monthly periodical that served as a forum for anarchist ideas and a venue for radical artists and writers to express themselves. The journal listed 210 East 13th Street as its mailing address.

Note the address listed on the contents page of Goldman’s journal Mother Earth
Goldman’s residence was geographically well-placed considering some of the venues in which she spoke in the East Village. In 1906 Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth magazine hosted a Masquerade Ball at Webster Hall, only to be broken up by police. The raid forced the owner to close the hall for a short time. In 1903, Goldman spoke at the Great Hall at Cooper Union in protest against the deportation of John Turner, an anarchist who had been sentenced to deportation that year.


Webster Hall: Emma Goldman’s Political Stage – CUNY.EDU

In 1886, Greenwich Village’s Webster Hall was built on East Eleventh Street between Third and Fourth Avenues. Designed by renowned architect Charles Rentz, Webster Hall has undergone many renovations that have influenced the changes in the hall’s function. Five fires occurring between 1902 and 1950 nearly caused the downfall of the hall, but each fire prompted a restoration that gave it a new life[1]. Despite the changes, Webster Hall remains to represent the same ideals today as it did 125 years ago. Although most known today for its concerts and nightlife, Webster Hall was once a coveted location for political rallies and radical events, defining itself as the provocative political stage of Greenwich Village.

Aside from the labor movements occurring inside, Webster Hall was also well known for its radical socialist political gatherings, particularly after 1900.[2] During this time, fringe socialist and anti-establishment politics were popular in the Village, developing alongside similar artistic movements, such as the Beats. Webster Hall became a stage for these liberal political movements and offered villagers a platform on which to voice their views with no filter. From its function as a meeting place for radical lectures and meetings to a site for fund-raising events for various revolutionary causes, Webster Hall truly defined itself as a provocative political meeting place during this time of radical political and social advocacy.

Emma Goldman, famous socialist and anarchist, often held meetings at Webster Hall, giving speeches espousing her political and social views. Goldman was a Greenwich Village resident for a short while, but during her stay was able to create an enormous amount of influence in the political sphere. While her lectures in many other locations were often met with dismal or mixed emotions, Greenwich Village embraced Goldman with open arms and supported her ideas in a way that no other location did. After mixed success with lectures outside of New York, Goldman’s lecture on “The Drama of Europe” at Webster Hall on March 5, 1934 drew a crowd of twelve hundred people and raised an unprecedented amount of money. Goldman pledged the money she raised to the Vanguard and Freedom groups, anarchist socialist organizations that Goldman supported. [3] After this lecture, Goldman returned several times to Webster Hall to hold meetings and lectures and to raise awareness and support for her radical anarchist and socialist ideas. The support and enthusiasm that Goldman received at Webster Hall exemplifies the spirit of the hall as a liberal, open-minded entity that acted as an extension of the tolerant political climate of Greenwich Village. While other cities and venues often met Goldman’s ideas with negativity, Greenwich Village embraced the notions of radical change, illustrating the provocative nature of both the Village and Webster Hall.

[1] “Webster Hall Fire Ruins Two Floors.”

[2] Harris, Around Washington Square, 35.

[3] Falk, “Emma Goldman.”

Paper Title: “Webster Hall: Greenwich Village’s Provocative Political Stage” by Phoebe Wolfe





If we had this place in NYC, it wouldn’t be quite the same, but you’ll still leave wishing we did. There are 18 local-centric craft beers rotating on draft — each one comes with a FREE personal pizza — and a cellar stocked with rare, aged beers from around the world. Upstairs, you’ll ride the mechanical bull in the rodeo bar and try a flight of four 5oz beers for $8 — and, if you’re strong-like-bull, The Pilgrim (a can of Busch and a shot of Wild Turkey) — before moving to the main floor. Once you’re there, you’ll park it at a long wooden communal table and dig into a 518 Burger paired with an Outrage IPA from Crossroads Brewing, then get some fresh air on the 2,500sqft beer garden that overlooks Empire State Plaza.

Done with all that? Time to hit the unmarked entrance on the side of the building to ring a buzzer for Speakeasy 518. Co-owner Kaelin Ballinger doesn’t broadcast this space, but we do: it’s got an extensive cocktail menu that uses all fresh ingredients, artisanal and local spirits, and house-made bitters. Ask for the Switchel Pig, comprised of apple cider vinegar, molasses, cold-pressed ginger, Grade B maple syrup, and Whistle Pig rye. “It’s based on switchel, a vinegary beverage sipped by Northeast farmers during colonial times,” says Ballinger.



Canadian-born but New York–certified, Mac DeMarco continues his streak of releasing impressive and consistent records with his latest, Another One. He’s toured the world, bedazzling audiences at every turn, and now he returns home for a week of four shows, hitting the Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Warsaw. Other highlights for the week include a breakdown on what it takes to craft a classic song, a visit to the Eighties, and two hip-hop legends in a bowling alley.

For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.


Webster Hall: One Of New York’s Best Concert Venues – ASKMISSA.COM

BY Ashley Massis

New York City has some of the best concert venues. These landmark buildings have not only great acoustics, but some hold great history. On Saturday night I ventured to the East Village to Webster Hall to see a concert. Located across from the Village Pour House, it is off the main strip of 3rd avenue. As you go into Webster hall, you initially climb a set of stairs which leads to multiple halls and rooms. The upstairs and downstairs both are equipped with a bar and a stage.

The middle room contains several bars, a dance floor, and a smaller stage.

We climbed the second set of stairs to view the main area. I was caught off guard by the beauty of the main room. With a giant chandelier overlooking the concert area, its hard floors and old crown molding created the ambiance of stepping back in time. Minus the fully well stocked bar and modern technology sound systems of course. Webster Hall is transformed by night into a concert venue, corporate event banquet hall, a nightclub, and one of NYC’s most known Halloween events. On Halloween night the hall becomes transformed into “Webster Hell” after the West Village’s Halloween parade. It becomes a haunted house dance club; decorated in the ambiance of a horror movie as costumed strangers dance the night away. As one who experienced this event myself, I believe it is a unique tradition in NYC that should be put on your “to do” list.

Once a speakeasy and rumored to have been owned at one point by Al Capone himself, Webster Hall holds is an important historical mark in NYC. It is also said to be one of the most haunted spots in New York City. Rumors containing stories of translucent guests walking the halls and chandeliers slightly swinging will hype up the experience when you visit this piece of the past. With its old architecture filled with history, it left me wondering about the past events held there and wishing the walls could talk.

Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
Ph. 212-353-1600



All photos by Michael Dubin. See them all here.

“I feel sorry for the rest of the world, we never do this,” laughed Refused vocalist Dennis Lyxzén as he took stage at The Studio in Webster Hall about half past midnight. I know what you’re thinking. Refused played a secret show? Psh, like that’s never happened before.

No more than an hour earlier, the social media of the venue and band lit up saying they’d be playing a last-minute surprise set following their performance at the Theater at Madison Square Garden with Faith No More. You’d think after performing in what’s considered the most iconic venue in the country, the legendary Swedish punks who were the subject of our most recent cover story, Pop Songs for the Revolution, would want to take a rest.

But it turns out, as Lyxzén explained, that he was happy with stepping into the smaller room. He smiled and told the crowd about the lackluster nature of their MSG debut.

“It was just the Madison Square Theater. Such a disappointment. When we got the offer to do a world tour with Faith No More, we were super excited about playing Madison Square Garden way before we realized it was bullshit,” he deadpanned. “But we’re from a small town in the north of Sweden, there’s only like 100,000 people there, and another band from our town played Madison Square Garden already. It’s a disaster.”

The approximately 200-person intimate show displayed the raw energy we uncovered when we spent time with Refused, the band that once played their “final” show in a Virginian basement only to be broken up by the police.

“It’s interesting to be a band playing in a huge room and then you’re here. It’s symptomatic of a career,” he jokes. “I’m stalling, I think there should be some sort of confidence about the songs we’re playing?” The band performed for an hour, like he said, with absolutely no game plan.

The lack of preparation made the experience even better. The guys blasted through songs spanning the last two decades, giving a go at “Pump The Breaks” when a member of the crowd persistently screamed for it and “Everlasting” from their 1994 EP. They even snuck in some Entombed (with help from a lyric sheet), Slayer, and covered Iron Maiden’s “Wrathchild.”

Shaking his hips, tongue hanging, and rings glistening, he followed up at the completion of the track. “That one was with the good singer, Paul Di’Anno.” Oh, poor Bruce Dickenson.

Turns out, they weren’t even playing with their own gear. When guitar straps failed, duct tape was brought in. When that didn’t work, the next move was sitting on a box for the remainder of the set. But you couldn’t notice the change, definitely not by watching this set. When the guys blasted through tracks off their 2015 release, Freedom, including “Elektra” and “Servants of Death,” it was clear that the band had become a staple in hardcore punk history not only for their mystique and foreign nature, but for their ability to play a fucking show.

By 1:30 AM, the second round of dress clothes that Lyxzén had gone out of his way to change into were completely soaked. His back tattoos popped through his white dress shirt like a sheet of tracing paper on a comic book. In the orange lights and smoke, Refused performed one last track (to the crowds dismay) on a 20-foot wide stage. Tomorrow, they’ll play a coliseum in Toronto.


Singer-Songwriter Mac DeMarco Really Invited Fans Over for Coffee in a Song — and They Took Him Up on the Offer – BILLBOARD

By Kenneth Partridge | July 31, 2015 3:14 PM EDT

Mac DeMarco, 25, may be indie rock’s resident court jester — a quick Google search turns up footage of him onstage, naked, with a drumstick in his butt — but his music is far from a joke. The irreverent Canadian, known for bedroom productions like 2014’s Salad Days (his breakthrough LP that reached No. 30 on the Billboard 200), follows with Another One, an exceptional mini-album he recorded at his beach home in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens (it’s due Aug. 7 on Captured Tracks). DeMarco explains how a so-called goofball manages to write songs so heartfelt that fans literally knock on his front door.

You’ve mentioned how you were freaked out that you sold out Webster Hall in New York. Is it still strange to think you have that many fans?

I just think about it less. Nobody in Far Rockaway is ever going to recognize me. It’s a pretty working-class, normal-people neighborhood. They’ll wave if they know I live in the neighborhood, but for the most part, I shut myself off. Then I go to Brooklyn, and it’s like, “Oh, my God.”

Mac Demarco plays the Grand Ballroom on August 18th w/ Tall Juan

Read the full interview here

U2 Concert Setlist at The Ritz, New York on December 6, 1980 – SETLIST.FM

We salute U2 on their historic Madison Square Garden run this Summer with a reminder of their first American shows on our stage 35 years ago:

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This was U2′s first concert in North America, though a show scheduled for the previous night in Rochester, NY would have had this honor. The response from this show was very positive, impressing Frank Barsalona, the head of Premier Talent.

Click here for setlist.fm
Click here for Webster Hall’s History Timeline page

The Appleseed Cast played ‘Mare Vitalis’ in full at Webster Studio with Annabel and Adjy (pics, review) – BROOKLYN VEGAN

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

The Appleseed Cast @ The Studio at Webster Hall – 7/28/15
The Appleseed Cast
The Appleseed Cast

The Appleseed Cast are currently on tour playing their 2000 sophomore album, Mare Vitalis, in full for its 15th anniversary, and that tour hits NYC’s Studio at Webster Hall last night (7/28). Appleseed Cast are one of those bands where it’s hard to pick a favorite album — each one has its merits and they are all different but never too drastically. Still, there was something extra great and cohesive about seeing this excellent album played front to back. Of course there’s the nostalgic value of an entire set of songs you’ve known for years, and the given fact that these songs were *meant* to be played in this order, but it also felt like the band was more locked in than the last couple times I saw them.

The Appleseed Cast are the kind of band that mesmerizes, more than inspires dancing and singalongs, and mesmerize they did. The Mare Vitalis songs have their individual intricacies (like the tricky lead riff of “Fishing The Sky”), but mostly they build the kind of walls of sound that make you forget where you are. When they announced they had one song left last night I thought “it’s over already?” They did of course give us an encore, which began with a cover of The Stone Roses’ “I Wanna Be Adored” (you can watch a video of that cover from the Seattle stop of the tour, below).

Opening was Ohio’s Annabel, who recently released their new album Having It All on Tiny Engines. They make the kind of ’90s-style emo that The Appleseed Cast briefly dabbled in on their 1998 debut, and though Mare Vitalis isn’t really up that same alley, it was still a good fit. Before them was Adjy, who make similar quirky multi-instrumental pop to Anathallo, Freelance Whales, and other oft-forgotten bands that came in the wake of Arcade Fire and Sufjan.

More pictures from The Studio At Webster Hall here



Band reunions have become almost ubiquitous, but few come with a more harrowing backstory than Veruca Salt’s. Like the petulant Willy Wonka character for whom their band is named, its two vocalists, Louise Post and Nina Gordon, made quite a scene when they split less than amicably in 1998 after releasing two successful records, American Thighs and Eight Arms to Hold You. Post went on to record music under the old moniker, while Gordon put out solo work in her own name, and though the two never really spoke publicly about what came between them, they seemed to be locked in a bitter standoff. The powerful camaraderie that inspired hits like “Volcano Girls” eroded as the years went by without a word between them. To anyone who had been involved in the project, it seemed like Veruca Salt was doomed — a bad egg, straight down the chute, better to be forgotten.

But all that changed when Gordon heard that Mazzy Star had re-formed to play festival dates and headline a reunion tour. In a candid interview with the Village Voice, she finally opened up about the turmoil that effectively destroyed her band and revealed what ultimately brought them back together to record a new LP and launch a full-fledged tour in support of it, with a stop at Webster Hall on July 31.

“[When] I heard that Mazzy Star was playing at Coachella after fifteen years of not playing together…I felt a little spark,” she says. “Something just awakened in me that had been dormant for many, many years.” She and Post had been in contact here and there via email, but hadn’t broached the subject of making music together again.

“I said, ‘Mazzy Star are playing, why aren’t we?’ ” Gordon recalls. Post agreed to discuss the matter with her former bandmate over dinner; it was the first time they’d seen each other in fourteen years. “[We] just started plotting and scheming again and realized we had more to do and more to say together,” Gordon says. They enlisted original members Jim Shapiro on drums and Steve Lack on bass for a handful of shows last summer. They went on to tour Australia in the fall of last year. Even more shocking than their unlikely reunion, Post and Gordon actually started writing new material together.

Veruca Salt play Webster Hall on July 31. For ticket information, click here.

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