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  • A Landmark From the Heyday of Yiddish Theater That Still Stands Today

    Many New Yorkers are still reeling from the closure and impending demolition of the Landmark Sunshine Theater on East Houston Street.  Just outside of GVSHP’s catchment area, the Landmarks Sunshine was a beloved institution which had served up independent cinema for two decades, and in […]

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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 on February 8, 1976, the building became synonymous in the popular imagination with drugs, prostitution, runaways, murder and mayhem,  steeped in the urban decay which […]

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  • The “East Village” Is Born, In Print

    On February 7, 1960 the New York Times wrote an article discussing changes in Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side.  Four years beforehand the El (above ground subway) had been removed from Third Avenue.  With that barrier dismantled, Villagers from the west began to […]

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  • The Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union

    The presence of banks in neighborhood retail spaces often elicit mixed feelings at best. Typically these tend to deaden the streetscape and are owned and operated by some faceless, distant multinational corporation. But banks also perform an incredibly necessary and important function for local residents. […]

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  • Hats Off to John Guare

    I’ll take Manhattan! If you had to draw a picture of a New York playwright, you would probably draw someone like John Guare.  Guare was born on February 5, 1938. A New Yorker’s New Yorker, he has lived in Greenwich Village with his wife, Adele […]

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  • Many Layers of History on Second Avenue and Second Street

    Our neighborhood has many wonderful intersections, where generations of history and culture intersect — too many, in fact, to easily do them all justice. But on February 2nd, the second day of the second month, we thought we’d take a closer look at just one […]

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  • Black History Month 2018 – Learn and Celebrate with Us!

    Black History Month gives us the opportunity to look at an important and too often overlooked or undervalued part of American, New York, and neighborhood history and highlighting.  Within our neighborhoods, there is an incredible array of African American histories, contributions, and culture all around […]

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  • Philip Glass: A Life in Music, and in the East Village

    World-renowned composer and East Village denizen Philip Glass was born on January 31, 1937  in Baltimore.  The child of Jewish emigrants from Lithuania, his mother aided Holocaust survivors and recent arrivals to America by allowing them to stay at their home until they could find […]

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  • The Velvet Underground Make Some White Light and White Heat

    On January 30, 1968, the Velvet Underground released their second studio album, White Light/White Heat.  Following the band’s first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, released in 1967, the band parted ways with manager Andy Warhol and vocalist Nico. White Light/White Heat came out several months later to mixed […]

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  • The Women’s House of Detention

    To walk by the verdant, lush garden behind the graceful Jefferson Market Library today, one can scarcely imagine that it was once the site of an eleven-story prison, the notorious Women’s House of Detention. The latest addition to the GVSHP Civil Rights and Social Justice […]

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