When Greenwich Village was Bohemia - Print Magazine

When Greenwich Village was Bohemia

Polly's, a famous Bohemian hangout in NYC. This is a photo of the second location on MacDougall Street.

Polly's, a famous Bohemian hangout in NYC. This is a photo of the second location on MacDougall Street.

On August 15, 1969, the Woodstock Music Festival opens on a patch of farmland in the upstate New York town of Bethel.

On August 15, 1969, the Woodstock Music Festival opens on a patch of farmland in the upstate New York town of Bethel.

On July 31, 1970, at Middlefield, Connecticut, the Powder Ridge Rock Festival was scheduled to begin. A legal injunction forced the event to be canceled, keeping the musicians away; but a crowd of 30,000 attendees arrived anyway, to find no food, no entertainment, no adequate plumbing, and at least seventy drug dealers. Volunteer doctor William Abruzzi declared a drug “crisis” on 1 August and said “Woodstock was a pale pot scene. This is a heavy hallucinogens scene.”

On July 31, 1970, at Middlefield, Connecticut, the Powder Ridge Rock Festival was scheduled to begin. A legal injunction forced the event to be canceled, keeping the musicians away; but a crowd of 30,000 attendees arrived anyway, to find no food, no entertainment, no adequate plumbing, and at least seventy drug dealers. Volunteer doctor William Abruzzi declared a drug “crisis” on 1 August and said “Woodstock was a pale pot scene. This is a heavy hallucinogens scene.”

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