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  • The Lasting Imprint of Stuyvesant Street

    Nearly all of the East Village falls in line with the Manhattan street grid, dating back to the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811. However, one defiant street, only one block long, stands at odds with the grid, Stuyvesant Street. Running true East – West, it was […]

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  • Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s Rich and Varied Legacy

    When a woman born into the privileged class bucks the system and comes into her own as an artist and philanthropist, a great story is born. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was decidedly born into the privileged class, on January 9, 1875. But the life she chose […]

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  • On This Day in 1795: St. Mark’s Rises

    One of my favorite places in New York has always been St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery on 2nd Avenue and 10th Street. Long before I actually stepped inside it’s peaceful courtyard or impressive interior, I was so charmed by the way it sits diagonally on its lot […]

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  • Happy 50th Landmark Anniversary St. Mark’s-in-the Bowery Church!

    50 years ago tomorrow, on April 19, 1966, the LPC landmarked St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery Church. The Church is the oldest site of continuous worship in New York City. The parcel of land was purchased by Peter Stuyvesant in 1651 and a family chapel was erected on the […]

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  • Tales From Our Crypts: Augustus Van Horne Stuyvesant Jr.

    Gone but not forgotten, the Village is as much defined by what is above as much as it is by who is below.  Though burials in Manhattan were officially banned by the Common Council of New York City in 1852, a handful of spaces continued […]

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  • Landmarks50: Saint Mark’s-in-the-Bowery Church

    We continue the Landmarks50 celebration by taking a deeper look at Saint Marks-in-the-Bowery Church at 131 East 10th Street. This landmark represents construction over a considerable period of time. The main body of the church – with fieldstone walls and trimmed round arched windows – […]

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  • Haunted Greenwich Village

    As Halloween is right around the corner, we here at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation would like to satisfy your cravings for hauntings as you go out and wander the Village for candy.  Preserving the Village not only means maintaining the old buildings […]

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  • From the Archives … The Old Pear Tree

    This week, research requests to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation converged and pointed us to a unique image in our archive. Titled “The old pear-tree planted by Governor Stuyvesant at the corner of Third Avenue and 13th Street,” the image (known as a […]

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  • South Village named one of Seven to Save

    Happy Birthday to Four NYC Landmark Districts

    Two years ago today, the Greenwich Village Historic District Extension II, or what GVSHP terms the South Village Phase I District, was designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. It seems that come this time in June, many new landmark districts are born.

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  • Things I’ll Miss About GVSHP: Part 2

    Nearly four centuries ago, Dutch Governor Peter Stuyvesant, whose life has been the stuff of legend on account of his wooden leg and his role in losing New Amsterdam to the English, lived on a farm in the area we now call the Village. Generations […]

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