Category: South Village

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

Farewell to Matt Umanov Guitars

Last week Matt Umanov Guitars released the following bittersweet statement: “After fifty-three years of having been in the business of helping so many guitar (and all the other fretted instruments) players have the tools with which to make music, forty-eight of

Sullivan-Thompson Historic Historic District Gets Its Landmark Street Signs

The Sullivan-Thompson Historic District is the Village’s most recently designated historic district, and was designated in record time. We’re happy to report that it has received its new street signs in record time as well. Usually taking several years to install, the

Walk & Draw: MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens

On Saturday, GVSHP held a second Walk & Draw event, this time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens historic district. 

Roundup of posts on immigration and the Village

Immigration is a core theme in the history of New York City, and in the Village this is reflected in both the architecture and remaining and past cultural enclaves.  People from all over the world come to our neighborhoods, adding

How Zoning Shapes Our Neighborhoods

One hundred one years ago today, on July 25, 1916, New York City adopted the very first zoning rules anywhere in the country. This system for regulating the size, height, use, and other related characteristics of new development revolutionized the

Ten Years as Landmarks for Two Nearly Two Hundred Year Old Houses

On this day in 2007, two historic federal style row houses at 486 and 488 Greenwich Street (between Spring and Canal Streets) built in 1823 by the Rohr family were designated landmarks by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

More is More: Greenwich Village Historic District Extension II

In this series, ‘More is More,’ we look at historic district extensions in our area. In the previous posts, we covered the designation of the Greenwich Village Historic District Extension, the St. Mark’s Historic District Extension, and the NoHo Historic

LGBT History in All Corners: the South Village

June is Pride Month, an especially exciting time to be in the Village.  LGBT history is closely tied with our neighborhoods, and this month we’re highlighting the LGBT history of the West Village, East Village, South Village, and NoHo.  All of

Can They Build That? Find out tomorrow night.

Ever wonder “Can they build that?” when you see one of those grotesque out-of-scale and out-of-context flashy renderings a developer, or even the Mayor, publicize to the world?  Zoning regulations and landmark protections generally determine what is allowed to be

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