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  • New Historic Images Show Italian Immigrant Life in the South Village

    The Center for Migration Studies of New York is a think tank and educational institute devoted to the study of international migration, the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees, and newcomers. They […]

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  • Roundup of posts on immigration and the Village

    Immigration is a core theme in the history of New York City, and in the Village this is reflected in both the architecture and remaining and past cultural enclaves.  People from all over the world come to our neighborhoods, adding to the vibrancy and life […]

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  • GVSHP’s First Historic Plaque, On First Street

    This is an updated version of a previous post by Andito Lloyd. On May 30, 2012, GVSHP officially launched its historic plaque program in partnership with the Two Boots Foundation with the unveiling of our very first plaque, commemorating the life of Justus H. Schwab […]

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  • Bella Abzug, A Champion for Women’s Rights

    The following post was written nearly four years ago by Drew Durniak to salute politician, feminist and Villager Bella Abzug.  She is also featured in our newly launched Civil Rights Map. She was an outspoken advocate to the Equal Rights Amendment and co-founded the organization […]

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  • Immigrant Stories – America’s Greatest Asset

    What makes New York the greatest city in the world? There are many ways to answer that question, but I think one reason rises to the top – New Yorkers themselves. The city’s teeming, diverse population is perhaps its greatest asset and resource. Our most […]

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  • The Jones-Shaffroth Act Begins Puerto Rican Migration to the Lower East Side Begins

    The Jones-Shefroth Act, which conferred United States citizenship upon residents of Puerto Rico and set the stage for the huge migration of Puerto Ricans to NYC following WWII, was enacted on March 2, 1917. In 1945, there were 13,000 Puerto Ricans in New York City. […]

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  • Immigration and the Village

    With all the talk about immigration reform in the news lately, it got us thinking here at Off the Grid about the effect of United States immigration laws on the history of the Village. We’ll leave the debate about current immigration issues for a different […]

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  • When They Stemmed the Flow of Immigrants into New York City

    Today’s New York City sets population records in at least two ways: We have more total residents than ever before — 8.2 million — and of the total, the greatest number of foreign-born residents ever — just over 3 million, according to 2011 figures in […]

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