Author: Matthew Morowitz

Many Layers of History at 9th Street and 5th Avenue

This post is part of a series about Village intersections that correspond to the date. September is here and a new month means a new corresponding Village intersection!  Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue is now the site of several large

Architect Philip Johnson and Aline Saarinen march in protest of the impending demolition of Penn Station.

Many Layers of History, and Beyond the Village and Back: Penn Station

Today is a rare day on Off the Grid as we are able to combine two of our ongoing series: Many Layers of History and Beyond the Village and Back. Unlike some of our other ‘Many Layers of History’ dates, August

Many Layers of History at 8th Avenue and 13th Street: Jackson Square Park

This post is part of a series about Village blocks that correspond to calendar dates.   Once again, another August date corresponds with a Village intersection.  Jackson Square Park is located at 8th Avenue and 13th Street, and has had an

Cats and the Village

August 8th is International Cat Day! From pets to pest control, cats make up an important but often overlooked part of NYC and its neighborhoods.  In the Village, you can not only find them in many of the bodegas that

Many Layers of History at St. Marks and 2nd Avenue!

This post is part of a series about Village blocks that correspond to calendar dates.  You can read some of the other ones here. August is here and so is another date that corresponds with a Village intersection! As we

A Tale of Two Forgotten Alexander Jackson Davis Mansions

Architect Alexander Jackson Davis was born on July 24, 1803.  Davis,  one of the most successful and influential American architects of his generation, is perhaps best known for his association with the Gothic Revival style of architecture and rural settings. 

One Small Step for Man…One Giant Leap for 121 Charles Street!

On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 Moon Landing became one of the most defining events of American History in the 20th Century.  Two years prior though, the Village experienced its own “Goodnight Moon Landing” when the house of Margaret

Many Layers of History at 7th Avenue and 12th Street: St. Vincent’s Hospital

This piece is part of a series about Village blocks that correspond to calendar dates.  You can read some of the other ones here. Another day, another date that corresponds to a Village intersection!  For many in the Village, 7th

Many Layers of History at 7th Street and 2nd Avenue

As we enter July, it’s not hard to notice that some of the dates align with some neighborhood intersections.  In honor of today’s date, we are taking a look at some of the buildings and history around the intersection of 7th Street

WWI and the Village

On June 28, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, an event that led to the start of World War I.  While the Archduke himself bears few of any ties to the Village, WWI had a significant impact on the

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