A while ago I wrote about a wonderful resource on the GVSHP website, the GVSHP Landmarks Application webpage. This page contains all upcoming, pending and closed applications for alterations, demolitions and new construction on landmarked sites in our neighborhoods (Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo). It also lets you know how you can weigh in on the decision of whether or not to approve these applications, or find out more about them. Keeping track of these incredibly important applications which have such an impact upon our neighborhoods is reason enough to view this page on a regular basis.
But there is another, more fun reason.
Most of the applications include historic pictures of the buildings and streetscapes which are the subject of the applications. These are often rarely seen or hard to find images, which are not only great fun to look at, but which can provide important information in assessing the appropriateness of any proposed changes to our landmarks. Further, some of these photos aren’t available online, and acquiring them requires a trip the NYC Municipal Archives or the Landmarks Preservation Commission (not to mention a Freedom of Information Law request, which can take weeks for a response). But by posting these applications on our website, we save you the trouble!
Here is just a sampling of some of the interesting historic photos within the applications currently on our Landmarks Application webpage for you to peruse:
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