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  • Remembering Jodie Lane

    Last week, the New York Post reported on dogs getting electrocuted on a Brooklyn block.  This happened as a result of melting snow and ice acting as a conduit for electricity coming from ConEd junction boxes in the street.  During this time of year, it’s […]

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  • Mixed But Positive News on Chain Stores for the New Year

    The tenth annual ranking of national retailers in New York City by the Center for an Urban Future (CUF) just came out, and it reveals a 1.8 percent increase in the number of store locations over last year in the city as a whole.  You […]

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  • Business of the Month — Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Place

    Your input is needed! Today we feature our latest Business of the Month — help us to select the next. Tell us which independent store you love in Greenwich Village, the East Village or NoHo:  click here to nominate your favorite.  Want to help support small businesses?  Share this […]

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  • An Attitude of Gratitude at GVSHP

    As we reflect upon the turbulence of the past year, we at GVSHP are continually reminded that while the times may be tough, we have an abundance of things for which we are deeply grateful. We have prevailed in several of our most “nail biting” […]

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  • November 29, 1909: A Frail 23 Year Old Woman Ignites the Strike of the 20,000 at Cooper Union

    On November 22, 1909, a frail 23-year-old woman, who’d been brutally beaten by strike-breakers, was helped up onto the stage of the Great Hall at the Cooper Union. Leaders of the labor movement – all men – had been speaking for hours to a crowd […]

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  • The East Village’s Club 57 Gets A Show at MoMa

    Who would have thought that the basement of a Catholic church would serve as a crucible of creativity in the East Village in the early Reagan era?  One did, however, and it is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Modern art called […]

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  • Murder He Wrote: Gruesome Tragedies That Shook the Village

    Friday the 13th in October tends to bring to mind more thoughts of ghouls and goblins than Greenwich Village, but that doesn’t mean the neighborhood hasn’t had its fair share of historic horrors.  Jason may have taken Manhattan in the film franchise of the same […]

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  • 1890 Census Map: A Window Into our Incredibly Crowded and Diverse Immigrant Past

    As a historian and researcher who frequently relies on census data for information, nothing frustrates me more than the fact that nearly all of the 1890 Federal Census records were lost. For those who don’t know the story, the 1890 census was destroyed in a […]

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  • Happy Birthday to Wolf Kahn, who Draws the City like a Landscape

    The renowned painter Wolf Kahn was born on October 4, 1927.  In his oral history with GVSHP, Wolf Kahn brought wit, snark, and great, detailed memories about his time in the Village and the role he played in the art scene there, attending salons, renting […]

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  • Eleventh Street Methodist Episcopal Chapel Landmark Designation

    On this day in 2010, the Eleventh Street Methodist Episcopal Chapel (545-547 E. 11th Street) was designated a New York City landmark. 

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