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  • Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s Rich and Varied Legacy

    When a woman born into the privileged class bucks the system and comes into her own as an artist and philanthropist, a great story is born. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was decidedly born into the privileged class, on January 9, 1875. But the life she chose […]

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  • My Favorite Things: Holiday Lights Edition

    This is the latest installment of Off the Grid’s series, “My Favorite Things,” in which we showcase some of our very favorite spots around the neighborhood, highlighting the incredible architecture, history, people, and businesses of the Village, East Village, and NoHo; read more HERE. Holiday […]

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  • Closed On this Day in 1963: A History of the Spring Street Church

    On December 14th, 1963, the Presbytery of the City of New York officially voted that the historic Spring Street Presbyterian Church would close its doors at the end of the month of December, with the last service to be held on December 29, 1963. Why […]

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  • My Favorite Things: Theater Edition

    This is the latest installment of Off the Grid’s series, “My Favorite Things,” in which we showcase some of our very favorite spots around the neighborhood, highlighting the incredible architecture, history, people, and businesses of the Village, East Village, and NoHo; read more HERE. Greenwich […]

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  • The Bygone Days of a Cowboy Club in Greenwich Village

    The Bygone Days of a Cowboy Club in Greenwich Village

    I found this cool photo in the archives of Fred McDarrah’s work and the neon sign for “The Village Barn” immediately caught my eye. I had no idea what this place was and, intrigued, I of course, consulted Facebook. Turns out that when the Village […]

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  • An Attitude of Gratitude at GVSHP

    As we reflect upon the turbulence of the past year, we at GVSHP are continually reminded that while the times may be tough, we have an abundance of things for which we are deeply grateful. We have prevailed in several of our most “nail biting” […]

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  • Suffragette City

    You thought I was going to blog about Bowie, didn’t you?  Not today!  Today we look back on November 6, 1917, which was a critical milestone in the health of our democracy and a red letter day for the State of New York. The achievement […]

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  • Happy Birthday, Eugene O’Neill

    On this day in 1888, Eugene Gladstone O’Neill was born, and the course of American theater would change forever. O’Neill became the first American dramatist to regard the stage as a literary medium and he remains the only U.S. playwright to capture the Nobel Prize […]

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  • de Kooning’s Greenwich Village

    While much has been said lately about the 11th hour salvation of 827-831 Broadway, two critically important buildings in the life and work of artists Willem de Kooning and Elaine de Kooning, we thought it would be interesting to explore other spots in our neighborhoods that […]

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  • Whaam! Pow! Celebrating the Life and Work of Roy Lichtenstein

    In a city filled to the brim with galleries, museums, artists’ studios, and, of course, avid art lovers, we’ve all undoubtedly walked by a display of Pop Art at some point. From sidewalk tables of Warhol-esque souvenirs, to t-shirts and tote bags featuring iconic pieces, […]

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