Fourth Arts Block tour redux

61 East Fourth Street houses the office of the Fourth Arts Block

This weekend, tour guide Lawrence Frommer and Fourth Arts Block executive director Tamara Greenfield led a tour of East 4th Street between the Bowery and 2nd Avenue for GVSHP. (Want to hear in advance about GVSHP’s free lecture and tour series? Sign up for our monthly event emails.) The tour provided an overview of Fourth Arts Block, an umbrella organization for the more than a dozen arts groups, 10 cultural facilities and 17 performance and rehearsal venues that make up the East 4th Street Cultural District, as well as histories of the eight buildings owned by FAB member theaters and cultural organizations.

Couldn’t make the tour? Here are three questions asked by tour participants that helped even GVSHP, a huge fan of the Fourth Arts Block, learn something new. Read the rest of this entry »

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Seen and Heard Around the Village 8.22.11: West Edition

view from atop the Washington Square Arch

Anderson Cooper’s historic firehouse at 84 West 3rd Street shows off its new renovation (Curbed)

There is an entire blog devoted to showcasing photos of the goings-on at the former Whitehall Storage site (The Watershed at 150 Charles Street)

NYU gets a LEED Silver building on Washington Square North (Curbed)

All’s fair in love and….rent-control? (NY Post)

Hungry on Hudson– Jane Jacob’s former home is a foodie destination (NY Magazine)

Popular East Village Asian grocery M2M is expanding to Waverly Place (Fork in the Road)

Manhattan DA looking into Saint Vincent’s for possible fraud (NY Post)

Real-life Superhero “The Dark Guardian” takes on crime on Christopher Street (DNAinfo)

Seen and Heard Around the Village 8.22.11: East Edition

Astor Place's art installation "Flaming Cactus" by ANIMUS Art

Could East 13th Street between 3rd & 4th Avenues become Cornell Edwards Way? (EV Grieve)

Mysterious bicycle storage on Astor Place flies high (Curbed)

Scott Stringer & Go Green Lower East Side embark on a white-roof painting project (Bowery Boogie)

The Local East Village creates a photo timeline of El Jardin del Paraiso on East 4th Street…..and they take a look at 316 East 3rd Street and its “DocuDrama”

Beware of real estate scam in the East Village! (EV Grieve)

Reasons to Save 316 East 3rd Street

316 East 3rd Street (image courtesy Curbed.com)

Word has been spreading that a developer intends to demolish an historic rowhouse at 316 East 3rd Street, near the corner of Avenue D in the East Village, and replace it with a Karl Fisher-designed seven-story condo.  Prior to this, however, GVSHP and three other community groups submitted an emergency request to the Landmarks Preservation Commission asking them to landmark the house. For those readers who see this as just another pretty rowhouse among many, we thought we’d take a moment here to explain just why it is so critical that we save this particular building.

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Seen and Heard Around the Village 8.20.11: East Edition

As 51 Astor nears its final days, a look back at the battle for Astor Place (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

Some fantastic shots of the East Village from 1978-1999 (Michael Sean Edwards)

Karl Fisher is set to demolish a historic East village rowhouse (EV Grieve)

There was a fire at the Flea Market Cafe (The Local East Village)

Curious minds ponder the meaning behind the bas relief on the Village Voice building (Ephemeral New York)

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Seen and Heard Around the Village 8.20.11: West Edition

Village residents expose the drama behind the Whitehall Storage Conversion at 150 Charles Street (YouTube)

Spend a Sunday in Greenwich Village, Circa 1960 (Gothamist)

What the exterior of 777 Washington Street looks like now (Curbed)

Obama spent time mingling in the West Village (GulfNews)

…and work has started on the new Whitney Museum at the base of the High Line (The Villager)

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Law & Order: Historic Images Unit

West 4th Street and MacDougal Street, ca. 1950. From the Nat Kaufman collection, GVSHP.

With the recent news that every Law &  Order television episode will soon be available in one mammoth 104-disc set, we thought we’d round up this week’s posts with a look at the law. In flipping through some of the images in GVSHP’s Preservation Archive and Oral History Project, we found some early and striking photographic records of one of the Village’s biggest legal institutions — NYU’s Law School. Read the rest of this entry »

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130 Year Old Tragedy at East Village Icon

The tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in Greenwich Village and its impact on women’s rights and the labor movement is well known. There is a plaque at the Brown Building at 22-39 Washington Place, now an NYU building, to commemorate the fire so that its past is not forgotten.  There is another building in the East Village, just a few blocks away, that less than a decade earlier was also the site of a tragic, and impactful, fire.

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Demo Permit Filed for 437 West 13th Street

437 West 13th Street when it housed Atlas Meats

It looks like the end is near for 437 West 13th Street, the historic Art Deco meatpacking building on the corner of Washington Street that is slated to be replaced by a 175-ft tall glass tower. The owners just filed an application with the Department of Buildings to demolish the building.
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Standing the Test of Time: Father’s Heart Church

One of the East Village’s few individually designated New York City landmarks is a distinctive Gothic Revival church at 545 East 11th Street. The building, today known as Father’s Heart Church, has been a distinctive presence in the East Village for more than 140 years. Its name and the nature of its congregants have changed over time, but its mission of spirituality and service has been consistent through the years.

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