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  • A Walk Around the East Village ca. 1980 with Carole Teller

    One of the facts of life that has always bummed me out is that I can’t visit history, to experience the past first-hand. Thankfully, though, GVSHP has just released Part 2 of our Historic Image Archive collection “Carole Teller’s Changing New York”.  While the entire […]

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  • Will the Real Petrus Stuyvesant Please Stand Up?

    In this part of New York, the Stuyvesant name is all around us: Stuyvesant Street, Stuyvesant Town, Stuyvesant Square, the old Stuyvesant Casino (a former East Village jazz club, now the site of the Ukrainian National Home) and, Stuyvesant Polyclinic, just to name a few. Many […]

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  • Remembering Jodie Lane

    Last week, the New York Post reported on dogs getting electrocuted on a Brooklyn block.  This happened as a result of melting snow and ice acting as a conduit for electricity coming from ConEd junction boxes in the street.  During this time of year, it’s […]

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  • The Lasting Imprint of Stuyvesant Street

    Nearly all of the East Village falls in line with the Manhattan street grid, dating back to the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811. However, one defiant street, only one block long, stands at odds with the grid, Stuyvesant Street. Running true East – West, it was […]

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  • Mixed But Positive News on Chain Stores for the New Year

    The tenth annual ranking of national retailers in New York City by the Center for an Urban Future (CUF) just came out, and it reveals a 1.8 percent increase in the number of store locations over last year in the city as a whole.  You […]

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  • Mapping Civil Rights and Social Justice — A Year Later

    On January 3, 2017, GVSHP launched our Civil Rights and Social Justice Map.  Something in the air told us there might be a hunger and need for this kind of information.  But even we would not have guessed that the map would receive over 70,000 […]

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  • The Backstory on Backhouses

    This post was originally published in 2011. One of the many wonderful things about our neighborhoods is the seemingly limitless possibility for surprises.  Though small in scale and geography, the Village, East Village, and NoHo may have more unexpected and often unknown nooks and crannies […]

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  • “When was my building built?”, and other tricky research questions

    The following is a re-post originally written by Sheryl Woodruff in 2011: An old photograph can help you find out more about the history of your building. The New York Public Library, whose digital gallery we here at GVSHP turn to quite frequently when looking for images […]

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  • East Village vs. West — Which Is Really the Narrowest House in NYC?

    The following is a re-post originally written in 2011: Word that the West Village’s 75 1/2 Bedford Street is back on the market always brings attention to the slender house in which Enda St. Vincent Millay is said to have written “my candle burns at both ends.”  But it […]

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  • The Oldest Building in the Village?

    The following is a re-posting of a post by Elizabeth Finkelstein from 2011: Call it whatever you’d like: antique, vintage, or historic. If one thing is for certain, the Village is really, really old. Old by New York City standards, and even old by American standards. But which […]

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