New York City isn’t all rock & roll: Ever since its mid-century revival, folk music has held a central place in the city’s musical history. Greenwich Village’s best coffee shops in the ’60s offered a homebase for innovators like Pete Seeger and Odetta and fostered a new wave of soon-to-be icons, including Bob Dylan, Judy Collins and Peter, Paul and Mary. Five decades later, the scene is more dispersed but no less robust, as evidenced by massive events like the Brooklyn Folk Festival and prolific local promoters like Paper Swan. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in rootsy, rustic Americana, check out our list of the best bars in NYC that host folk music.
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