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  • “Flaw Fixed” at a Historic Station

    Yesterday’s news headlines were abuzz with the phrase “subway flaw fixed,” in reference to today’s opening of the connection between the Broadway-Lafayette and Bleecker Street stations.  As the New York Times explains, “Until this week, only riders on downtown No. 6 trains at Bleecker Street […]

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  • Finally! A Hearing for 27 E. 4th St. Today

    Today, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will be hearing the new building application for 27 East 4th Street, the site next to the landmarked Merchant’s House Museum. If you can make it, the hearing time has been set for 3:45pm. Those planning to testify should […]

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  • Few Republicans, And One Big Political Paradox, in the Village

    As most everyone knows, we’re kind of map and statistics geeks here at Off The Grid.  Thus it’s no surprise that a handy little tool put together by WNYC in the wake of the Republican National Convention, mapping the levels of Republican voter registration throughout […]

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  • Inside the LPC: Public Hearings vs. Public Meetings

    So, why do we start this blog post with a photo of the Municipal Building located downtown across from City Hall? We thought we would dedicate some time here at Off the Grid to understanding the workings of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), the city […]

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  • A Greenwich Village Guide: 1959

    Although more and more of the research that GVSHP documents and shares is done online today, we also house a modest non-circulating resource library which contains fiction and non-fiction books, reports and guides on the subject areas of Greenwich Village, Historic Preservation, and New York […]

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  • An Update on 27 East 4th Street

    For a few months now, many of you have been following the proposal for a new nine-story hotel at 27 East 4th Street. The site, which currently holds a one-story garage, sits directly next to the Merchant’s House Museum, one of the few exterior and […]

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  • South Village named one of Seven to Save

    Happy Birthday to Four NYC Landmark Districts

    Two years ago today, the Greenwich Village Historic District Extension II, or what GVSHP terms the South Village Phase I District, was designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. It seems that come this time in June, many new landmark districts are born.

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  • Clifford Ross (at podium), Manhattan Parks Commissioner William Castro, and landscape architect Gail Witter-Laird accept an award for the Bleecker Street Sitting Area Renovation.

    Villagers Feted at GVSHP’s Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

    Last evening, 400 guests celebrated the accomplishments of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and eight Village businesses, people, and organizations at GVSHP’s Annual Meeting at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium.

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  • Astor Place Then and Now

    Astor Place: Then and Now

      Astor Place — in one form or another — has been part of Manhattan’s landscape for centuries. It follows the path of an old Native American trail that appears on maps of the island at least as early as 1639.  Today we thought we […]

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  • Titanic Connections

    In the early morning hours of April 15, 1912, the 883 foot long, 50 ton, and reputedly unsinkable ocean liner the RMS Titanic sunk on its maiden voyage from England to New York off the coast of Newfoundland, after hitting an iceberg just before midnight […]

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