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  • MacDougal Sullivan Gardens celebrates 50 years as a Landmark!

    On August 2nd, 1967, MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens were designated a New York City historic district. These 22 homes surround a beautiful private garden oasis, and this was one of the first historic districts to be designated in our area, prior to even the Greenwich Village Historic […]

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  • St. Mark’s in the Bowery: Sam Shepard’s First Theatrical Home

     “…But who knows what is real anyway? Reality is overrated. What remains are the words scrawled upon an unwinding panorama, vestiges of dusty stills peeled from memory, a threnody of gone voices drifting across the American plain. The One Inside is a coalescing atlas marked by […]

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  • The Ashcan School and the Beginnings of the Whitney

    The streetscapes and street life of New York City are some of the most robust sensorial experiences. From towering skyscrapers to bright flashing lights to pungent (sometimes fragrant) smells and blaring sounds, the city runs on energy. It has been said that if the United […]

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  • Happy Birthday Marcel Duchamp!

    This is an updated reposting of a blog by former staffer, Lauren Snetiker, July 28th, 2015 Today marks what would have been Marcel Duchamp’s 130th Birthday. Duchamp was born in France on July 28, 1887, trained as a painter in Paris until 1905, and spent […]

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  • Impeachment and the Village

    Forty three years ago today, the House Judiciary Committee recommended that President Richard M. Nixon be impeached and removed from office.  And while many remember the two year saga which placed the executive office and country in turmoil, they might not remember that several prominent […]

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  • USPS’ Landmark Legacy: the Cooper Station Post Office

    On July 26, 1775 the United States Postal System was established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General.  Franklin, in his turn, put in place the foundation of many aspects of today’s mail system.  Today, the U.S. Postal Service […]

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  • 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 way cities looked and developed, […]

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  • 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.  These two houses were among […]

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  • Happy Birthday Larry Fagin

    The late poet Larry Fagin was born on this day in 1937, and would have turned 80. Well known in the East Village and poetry circles, sadly Larry passed away in May, 2017. He was a contributor to GVSHP’s book, Greenwich Village Stories, author of numerous books […]

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  • A Glimpse of the Gilded Age on Renwick Row

    We are fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood rich in 19th century architecture — both individual buildings and entire streetscapes. But while well-preserved 19th century buildings are not uncommon in the Village, perfectly preserved 19th century interiors that we can still view, especially from the […]

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