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

Seen and Heard Around the Village 10.3.11: West Edition

end of summer stoop

Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York takes a look at the disappearance of Village gas stations, like the recently shuttered Lukoil on 8th Avenue & Horatio….he also looks at the disappearance of newsstands

Community Board 2 angered after NYU goes to the media first (Villager)

A look at Washington Square Park’s ‘Tramp’s Retreat‘ of the 19th Century (Ephemeral New York)

Village Award winner Anita Lo debuts her first cookbook! (NY Daily News)

Famous Ray’s on 6th Avenue & 11th Street has closed (Gothamist)

The First Monday in October, Another Day Without Landmark Protections in the South Village

Today, the first Monday in October, is the traditional start of the new United States Supreme Court session.  This year the court is expected to have an incredibly full roster, dealing with cases ranging from the new health care law to same-sex marriage to the status of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Supreme Court of the United States.

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On Set in the Village

Last week we took a look at some of the many Village locations used on the television series Friends. Not content to stop there, however, today we are going to showcase more locales in and around the Village which were supposedly the scene of several popular TV shows.

Let’s start with Will & Grace.  Where was Grace Adler Designs located?  Why, in the Puck Building of course.

L: the shot of the Puck Building's gilded statues often used on Will & Grace; R: the Puck Building

This large, regal structure, which sits on the block bounded by East Houston, Lafayette, Mulberry, and Jersey Streets,  was built in two parts, the north section in 1885 and the south addition in 1892.  In 1983 it was declared an official NYC Landmark and, thanks to the Neighborhood Preservation Center, you can read that designation here.  Designed in a German Romanesque Revival style (technically known as Rundbogenstil) by Albert Wagner, the Puck building originally housed  the printing facility of J. Ottmann Lithographing Company.  Today, the space contains two large ballrooms on the ground floor, three floors that are owned by NYU, and a very controversial soon-to-be penthouse (read more about the Puck Building’s six degrees of separation from a popular TV sitcom HERE).

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