Katie Holmes Loves the Village!

In an article from the October issue of O Magazine actress Katie Holmes declares, “I love Greenwich Village.”Back in 2009 it was widely speculated that Holmes and her husband Tom Cruise purchased a $15 million townhouse at 42 West 12th Street in the Greenwich Village Historic District.

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Stop the Presses!

DeVinne Press Building

As GVSHP announced on its blog last Thursday, we will be hosting a fundraiser in November featuring our own Greenwich Village writer Calvin Trillin, and the 98-year-old appetizing store Russ & Daughters. The event is taking place at Astor Center, the food and wine educational center connected to Astor Wines & Spirits. We thought we would take this opportunity to highlight the DeVinne Press Building, the spectacular landmark building in which Astor Wines & Spirits and Astor Center is located. Read the rest of this entry »

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This Columbus Day, Save the South Village

Columbus Day has traditionally served as an opportunity to honor the contributions of Italian-Americans to our country.

St. Anthony of Padua Church (1888) and adjacent tenements on Sullivan Street; St. Anthony's is the oldest extant Italian-American church in the nation.

The South Village is one of New York’s great immigrant neighborhoods from the last great wave of immigration to New York and the United States at the turn of the last century.  Thousands of immigrants, mostly but not exclusively from Italy, transformed this neighborhood and turned it into a launching pad for generations of New Yorkers to pursue their American dream (read GVSHP’s report, “The Italians of the South Village“). Read the rest of this entry »

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Seen and Heard Around the Village 10.7.11: East Edition

Looking at the very understated sidewalk canopy and signage at the new IHOP (EV Grieve)

John Legend lists Scarano-on-the-Bowery pad for $2.5 Million (Curbed)

Gothamist shares pictures and stories from the candlelight vigil for Bob Airhood….and EV Grieve has more pictures and news of Chico’s tribute to him

Rite Aid paints over a memorial on Avenue D (EV Grieve)

Joe’s Pub reopens deluxe makeover (Gothamist)

Hollister paints second mural above East Houston (Bowery Boogie)

East 7th Street residents feel need for speed bump (The Local East Village)

What’s $18,500 a month when your house was decorated by a co-founder of Kate Spade? (Curbed)

Seen and Heard Around the Village 10.7.11: West Edition

Second floor combo of 165 Perry could all be yours for $6.8 Million (Curbed)

What happens when Jennifer Aniston moves into the neighborhood? (Capital NY)

West Beth Gallery hosts ‘Urban Ethos‘ (NearSay)

Greenwich Village resident, Joey Arias, gets standing ovations for new show ‘Arias With a Twist‘ (NY Times)

Progress happening at former Chumley’s building (Lost City)

Two of the wickedest bars on Bleecker Street (Ephemeral New York)

Anderson Cooper reveals even more of his firehouse facelift (Curbed)

Village medical facility approved by State Health Council (DNAinfo)

The Loew-Down

Loew's Sheridan Demolition

The Loew's Sheridan Theater being demolished in 1969 (center); Mind-blowing beehive (right)

Image via William

With all the recent discussions about the triangle site at 7th Avenue and West 12th Street, we thought we’d take a look at the space’s use earlier in the twentieth century. As you may know, this triangular plot of land where Greenwich Avenue, 7th Avenue, and West 12th Street intersect today houses a delivery handling center for the former St. Vincent’s Hospital and a small area of greenspace near 7th Avenue. New development plans for the St. Vincent’s campus from the Rudin organization and North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System have included proposals for the re-use of this triangular space — read all about it here. But before this triangle became a rather utilitarian delivery bay/open space, did you know that it housed a great movie palace?
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Much Ado About Noshing — November 7th

Yesterday, GVSHP announced that tickets were going on sale for our fall fundraiser, Much Ado About Noshing.

Join us November 7th, 2011.

Featuring food maven, humorist, and New Yorker staff writer Calvin Trillin and the Russ and Daughters family, the evening of conversation and food will stimulate your mind and your palette.  Salmon and other delicious appetizers will be provided by Russ & Daughters, all in the spectacular and landmarked Astor Center, at Lafayette and East 4th Streets (find out more about the history of the Astor Center, formerly the DeVinne Press building, on GVSHP’s website).

The Astor Center, in the landmarked former DeVinne Press Building at Lafayette and East 4th Streets, the site of GVSHP’s “Much Ado About Noshing” fundraiser on November 7th (image courtesy Beyond my Ken)

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Peeking into Grove Court

This secluded alley of beautiful pre-Civil War homes made recent real estate headlines when one of its houses, 5 Grove Court, went on the market for $4.2 million.  The Corcoran listing describes its drool-worthy details: “exposed beams, 3 fireplaces, handsome working kitchen and a rooftop garden.”  In fact, in 2003, Architectural Digest featured the gorgeous interior renovation of this specific “cottage.”

Grove Court

L: a close-up of the original red-brick facades and sidewalks of Grove Court; R: the iron gate used to enter the enclave

In Greenwich Village, there is no doubt that a large part of the appeal of a home such as this is its history. Ironically, however, when examining that history, one finds that this enclave was not always so sought after.

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The Greenwich Village Follies

Song from the original Greenwich Village Follies, courtesy NYPL

October has arrived, which means it’s time for another round of the Greenwich Village Follies, playing at The Duplex every Sunday this month beginning at 6:30pm. Make sure to stop by for a musical jaunt through the history of our favorite neighborhood!

Now, it’s no coincidence that the word “follies” is evocative of yesteryear. The modern version of the Greenwich Village Follies, produced by the Manhattan Theatre Source, is actually a spin-off of a series of the same name that began almost 100 years ago right across the street from The Duplex, in a long-lost performance space known as the Greenwich Village Theatre.
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Seen and Heard Around the Village 10.3.11: East Edition

on the Bowery

EV Grieve checks out the 3-level penthouse at the Brownstone East Village

Complex puts together a list of the 50 best dive bars in NYC, 15 are in the East Village

Michael Moore was at St. Mark’s Bookshop (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)….and in more books store news- the owner of East Village Books nabbed a library thief (NY Post)

DNAinfo chronicles “New York Good News” and its publisher, 82-year-old Steve Kraus

Advocates hope to turn vacant home at 222 East 13th Street into haven for homeless (The Local East Village)

Just in time for today’s chilly weather! Olek crochets the Astor Cube a sweater! (Bowery Boogie)….but a yarn-hater de-yarns it!! (EV Grieve)

EV Grieve broke the news that Bob Airhood, blogger of Neither More Nor Less and Nadie Se Conoce, passed away on Saturday….there was a tribute at Ray’s that night….and there will be a candlelight vigil tonight