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  • Call 311 About 43 MacDougal Street!

    GVSHP and neighbors have long suspected that there might be squatters living inside 43 MacDougal Street, the deteriorating, 1846 landmarked building about which we’ve blogged before. Yesterday neighbors woke up to find that the facade had gotten a fresh coat of graffiti, so we just […]

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  • Another Chase? Don’t Bank On It

    We were – to put it calmly – a tad bothered when we read recently on EV Grieve that 160 Second Avenue (corner of East 10th Street), the former home of Cafe Centosette, would house a Chase Bank/Starbucks combination package. Since the cafe’s closing last […]

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  • East Village vs. West — Which is Really the Narrowest House in NYC?

    Word that the West Village’s 75 1/2 Bedford Street is back on the market always brings attention to the slender house in which Enda St. Vincent Millay is said to have written “my candle burns at both ends.”  But it also raises the question of […]

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  • In Memoriam: The Big Man

    On Saturday, at the age of 69, Clarence Clemons, aka the Big Man, passed away in Palm Beach, Florida.   Known best for his role as the unbelievably talented saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Clemons’ passing has brought sadness to so many.

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  • Seen and Heard Around the Village 6.12.11 – 6.18.11, Part II

    Lower Second Avenue Now & Then (EV Grieve) In the East Village, Where Have All the Crusties Gone? (NY Times) Giant Mouse Sits Bashful Outside Standard Hotel (NearSay) Footlight Records Space Filled (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York) East Village Residents Fed Up with Rent Laws (NearSay) […]

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  • Seen and Heard Around the Village 6.12.11 – 6.18.11, Part I

    Best Oyster Happy Hours in the West Village (NearSay) New Consignment Shop on East 7th Street (NearSay) CB2 Meeting Highlights Furor Over St. Vincent’s Re-Development (Village Confidential) Mark Jacobs Shuffles His Bleecker Street Stores Again (The Shophound) First Blueberries of the Season Appear in Abingdon […]

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  • East Village Movie House Launched Big Careers

    What does a beloved TV sitcom mom, Ike and Tina Turner, and one bad motha have in common? All were portrayed by actors who honed their craft at a theater company that had its start in the East Village. Phylicia Rashad (who played Claire Huxtable […]

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  • From Pier to Park

    As the summertime blanket of heat and humidity descends over the city, our thoughts inevitably move toward the cool breezes found at the city’s waterfront. A little bit south of the Far West Village waterfront that GVSHP fought to get landmarked (see here and here) […]

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  • A Look Back at the General Slocum Disaster

    On the morning of June 15, 1904, the General Slocum steamship set sail carrying over 1,300 passengers, most of whom were women and children and members of the East Village’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Mark at 325 East 6th Street. Passengers were headed […]

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  • Umbrella, Umbrella!

    No, we’re not referencing the catchy pop song of a similar title (although it’s now stuck in our heads!).  We’re talking about the Umbrella House, 21-23 Avenue C, between East 2nd and 3rd Streets- the building with the lively umbrellas suspended from its facade.  Built […]

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