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  • Women’s History Month Celebration of Jane Jacobs

      The celebration of Women’s History Month cannot go without being reminded of the venerable Jane Jacobs. Much has been written about her here on Off the Grid, but let’s pause a moment to reflect on her impact as a pioneering woman in the field of […]

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  • Mid-Century Modernism on East 9th

    One of my favorite two-block sections in Greenwich Village may be an unlikely one – East 9th Street between Broadway and 5th Avenue. It’s not the oldest strip in the neighborhood, or the one with the best shops. In fact, it’s home to a rather […]

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  • 3000 Beatniks and the Right to Free Speech

    There is an absurdity in the photos and video which depict the event now known as “The Beatnik Riots” in Washington Square Park in April of 1961. At face value, the key characters in this drama are earnest, clean-shaven, bespectacled, young men in jacket and […]

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  • From South Village to South Bronx, the Legacy of Jane Jacobs

    In 1955 the Committee to Save Washington Square Park was distributing flyers to alert the public about a proposal to drive a four-lane road through the center of the park.  One neighborhood  resident, then  a writer with Architectural Forum, read it, and got involved. Tomorrow […]

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  • From Parking Lot to Car Free Washington Square Park

    Today is Earth Day, first celebrated in NYC in 1970, and you may notice some of the streets around the city harkening to a quieter era.  Legislation passed in the City Council and supported by local Council Members Corey Johnson, Rosie Mendez and Margaret Chin, also make today Car […]

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    Celebrating Jane Jacobs — 100th Birthday, and lots of programs, approaching

    Jane Jacobs, who once lived on Hudson Street in the West Village, wrote the book, “Death and Life of Great American Cities.” Her activism is legendary. Many organizations throughout the city will be honoring her in 2016, the centennial of her birth. GVSHP is planning […]

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  • Oral History: Claire Tankel

    GVSHP is excited to share our oral history collection with the public, and hope they will shed more light on what makes Greenwich Village and the East Village such unique and vibrant areas. Each of these histories highlights the experiences and insights of long-time residents, usually active […]

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  • 12 years ago: Support for designation of the Silver Towers Complex

    12 years ago tomorrow, our colleagues at the Municipal Arts Society sent a letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission supporting our request for landmark designation of the Silver Towers/ University Village site. This superblock, located between Houston Street and Bleecker Street, LaGuardia Place and Mercer Street, contains three […]

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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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  • Happy Birthday SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District

    Here at Off the Grid we are primarily concerned with Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, but tomorrow we will be happy to help our neighbors celebrate an important anniversary. It was on August 14, 1973, that the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the SoHo […]

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