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  • Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: Greenwich Village Edition

    Happy birthday Kevin Bacon!  The versatile actor/musician/philanthropist was born in Philadelphia to Ruth Hilda and Edmund Norwood Bacon on July 8, 1958. Of course Kevin Bacon is more than just a multi-talented artist of various media.  He’s also the basis for the popular game which […]

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  • “Rare Cancer Seen In 41 Homosexuals”

    On July 3, 1981, the New York Times ran a small story with perhaps one of the most foreboding and portentous headlines in modern history: “Rare cancer seen in 41 homosexuals.” Of course this was one of the very first published reports dealing with what […]

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  • This Day in History: Silver Towers and the South Village Move Towards Landmark Designation

    They’re next door neighbors, but they could not be more different.  One is high-rise and concrete, the other low-rise and brick.  One is modern and geometric, while the other is quaint and irregular.  One is pre-planned and serene, the other — spontaneous, and buzzing with […]

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  • 2014 Village Award Winner: Kathy Donaldson

    GVSHP’s Annual Meeting and Awards are quickly approaching (this coming Monday night from 6:30 to 8pm at the New School’s Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street — RSVP here).  This year we are proud to honor Kathy Donaldson, the longtime President of the Bedford-Barrow-Commerce Block Association, […]

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  • She Shot Andy Warhol

    The 1960’s was a turbulent decade marked by numerous notable murders, assassinations, and attempted assassinations (some of which, like the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination, the Bobby Kennedy assassination, and the murder of Kitty Genovese, have previously been chronicled on Off the Grid). But one […]

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  • First Avenue Estates Win A Big Victory for Preservation Everywhere

    It’s not that often that we here at Off the Grid report on happenings on the Upper East Side.  But a big preservation victory there earlier this month with broad implications for landmark protections throughout New York City is certainly worth reporting on, and it’s […]

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  • Happy Birthday Combat Rock and Joey Ramone

    We have two great birthdays in the world of punk to mark.  The two celebrants straddle the East and West Village, and both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • Lucy Moses Honors

    It was eight years ago today on May 8, 2006 that GVSHP was honored with the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Lucy G. Moses Award for organizational excellence.  We were in great company that night at St. Bartholomew’s Church, including Evelyn and Everett Ottner, the Park […]

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  • Ten Years Ago: Far West Village Protests, and Progress

    April 18 and 19 mark two incredibly important Far West Village preservation anniversaries — each from 2004.  At that time, GVSHP and allied community groups were engaged in a heated battle to try to prevent the wholesale destruction of the Greenwich Village waterfront and Meatpacking […]

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey’s Village Roots

    Forty-six years ago today, on April 2, 1968, the groundbreaking film “2001: A Space Odyssey” was released.  The epic story of the man’s evolution, his limitations, and his future in the space age was considered by many a landmark of modern film, with its influence […]

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