Greystone Oral Histories

Famous People at Greystone


Greystone was a meeting point for its famous patients (Woody Guthrie, Naomi Ginsberg) and their family and friends: Nora Guthrie, Bob Dylan and his former girlfriend, and Allen Ginsberg.

Recollections of their visits to Greystone as well as brief commentary by famous singer Dionne Warwick, a former Greystone employee, are provided.

Naomi Ginsberg



Lyle Brooks, grandson of Naomi Ginsberg (Greystone patient) and nephew of Allen Ginsberg (author of poem, “Kaddish”).

Lyle recounts his grandmother’s mental illness and her treatment at Greystone Hospital. A brief video of Naomi Ginsberg at Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital is shown followed by a reading by actor Jerry Hurley of excerpts of Allen Ginsberg’s poem, “Kaddish” .

Dionne Warwick, Employee (summer 1960, 1961)
Dionne confirms her employment at Greystone while making her first musical hit, “Don’t Make Me Over.”



Roland Trenary
The author of various books about Mahlon Blaine, describes Blaine’s prolific, if not well known career as a talented illustrator. Blaine was treated by Greystone’s Superintendent, Dr. Archie Crandell.