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  • Frances Goldin – Glad She’s on Our Side!

    “I have lived on the Lower East Side for seventy years. And when I came here, I found Nirvana, and I will die in this building – not in a hospital. I’ll die in this building. This is my home, and I love it here.” […]

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  • Tales from the Crypt: Greenwich Village as seen through its burial sites

    Burial spaces serve a wide variety of purposes: religious, political, socioeconomic.  For example, a graveyard might demarcate the boundary of a church or private property, while the kind of interment that was undertaken (burial, cremation, mausoleum) might give insight into the roles and statuses the […]

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  • A New Oral History with Acclaimed Painter Wolf Kahn

    Once upon a time in Chelsea, New York, a young woman lived in an apartment on the sixth floor with a magical view. Facing north, there was the Chelsea Hotel, and the Empire State Building, and the spire of the Chrysler Building: stolid, yet ever-changing, […]

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  • Landmarks50: 56 West 14th Street

    Everyone knows the iconic Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street and Broadway. But before moving to 34th Street, Macy’s operated out of a series of buildings on West 14th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. As part of Landmarks50, the celebration of this year’s 50th Anniversary […]

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  • The Historic South Village, home of the Beats and Bob Dylan

    Twelve years ago tomorrow, GVSHP began an initiative to secure historic district designation for the South Village. It’s hard to believe that the original 1969 Greenwich Village Historic District did not include some of these best-known and best-loved locations. Fortunately, the LPC agreed to designate […]

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  • Landmarks50: The New York Public Library Tompkins Square Branch

    As part of our continuing Landmarks50 celebration, and in honor of Stanford White’s birthday today (he would be a mere 162 years old), we are looking at the New York Public Library Tompkins Square Branch designed by his firm, McKim Mead & White, and completed […]

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  • Landmarks50: The First Ukrainian Assembly of God

    We continue the Landmarks50 celebration by taking a look at another individual landmark in our neighborhood. The First Ukrainian Assembly of God (originally, the Metropolitan Savings Bank) at 9 East 7th Street, was completed in 1867 by architect Carl Pfeiffer, and designated on November 19, […]

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  • GVSHP South Village Oral History: Peter Longo

    On Monday, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation hosted a program on the oral histories of the East Village, highlighting our commitment to the stories of our neighborhood and our initiatives to preserve them.  This week, GVSHP has made twenty new oral histories available […]

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  • An extraordinary East Villager

    On Monday evening, GVSHP presented a program at the Sixth Street Community Center with our own Karen Loew, Director of East Village and Special Projects, and Liza Zapol, an artist and oral historian. The program, “Oral Histories of Extraordinary East Villagers” was about the concept […]

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  • Hell Hath No Fury…on Bond Street

    On the morning of January 31, 1857 the body of Dr. Harvey Burdell was discovered in his office at 31 Bond Street, strangled and stabbed fifteen times with the walls and doors “besmeared with blood,” according to The New York Times. A search of the […]

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