My great friend, Richard Marsh, told me about The Last Bohemians, a blog that focuses on the history of Greenwich Village. Check it out here. The most recent post is an interview with Al Koblin, night bartender and former half-owner of the Lion's Head on Christopher Street (the physical bar that is now the Kettle of Fish, which moved there from MacDougal Street and where the famous picture of Jack Kerouac and Joyce Johnson was taken in front of the neon sign saying, "bar" -- read about that here).
We visited the new Kettle of Fish in July and September 2015 and I posted about it here and here (with pics!).
Back to the point of this post: check out The Last Bohemians if you are interested in the history of the Village. Without the Village, would Kerouac have been Kerouac? I would venture to say no, at least not in quite the same way.