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  • Celebrating 165 Years of a Beloved Village Landmark

    Today is a day of highs and lows in the preservation world. As we chronicle the destruction of two very significant early rowhouses in the East Village, we also take pause to celebrate the anniversary of  the consecration of one of the Village’s most beloved landmarks: […]

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  • A Slice of East Village History is Destroyed

    EV Grieve sends some sad news from the East Village today, where 326 & 328 East 4th Street – the two remarkably intact 1837-41 Greek Revival buildings the City refused to landmark after we tried desperately to save them last fall – are being destroyed […]

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  • Kintecoying

    The Department of Transportation’s plans to pedestrianize portions of Astor Place have caused quite a stir in the neighborhood, as they have the potential to obliterate the historic street configuration that dates back to the earliest settlements in the city. As mentioned in our letter […]

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  • Edward Hopper’s Village

    The locations of sites around the Village portrayed in Edward Hopper’s works have been hotly debated, especially in light of the MTA’s plans to construct an emergency ventilation plant on Mulry Square (which many people think may have housed the restaurant portrayed in Nighthawks at […]

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  • A Fortuitous Exchange

    When the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition asked the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation for help locating original building files for the Brown Building at 23-29 Washington Place, the site of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911, we knew exactly where to […]

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  • Cafe Royal

    Researching the history of a building – as we’re doing for thousands in the East Village – can often be an arduous task. So it’s a great gift when sites like the Museum of the City New York’s fantastic new online photo collection become available […]

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  • Suze Rotolo, 1943 – 2011

    The New York Times reports that Suze Rotolo, artist, author, teacher, and activist, died this past Friday of lung cancer, at age 67.  The author of “A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the 1960’s” (2008), Rotolo was known to millions as the girl […]

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  • City Proposes Changes to Jane Street, West 4th Street, Astor Place, and Stuyvesant Street

    Recent proposals by the City to expand green spaces at the Jane Street Triangle and around Cooper Park and Astor Place would also have an impact on some of our city’s most historic and least-conforming streets. In January the City unveiled its plan for a […]

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  • It Happened Here: Taxi Driver

    The innocuous looking apartment building at 226 East 13th Street, between Second and Third Avenues, may raise few eyebrows now.  But thirty five years ago this month the building became synonymous in the popular imagination with drugs, prostitution, runaways, murder and mayhem,  steeped in the […]

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  • Welcome to Off the Grid!

    Welcome to Off the Grid, GVSHP’s blog. Off the Grid will be a great way for GVSHP to share news, commentary, trivia and historic information about the Village, East Village, and NoHo, and to hear from you.  We hope you’ll become an avid reader, and […]

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