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  • Fingers Crossed for Another: Individual Landmark Designations We’ve Won

    We had a promising hearing last Tuesday at the Landmarks Preservation Commission on our proposed landmark designation of 827-831 Broadway, with a vote planned for this coming Tuesday, October 31st. We’re hoping for an outcome that will be more treat than trick (if you want […]

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  • GVSHP Oral History: Gloria McDarrah

    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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  • A Landmark of Hypocrisy?

    You never know what you might stumble upon when walking around the neighborhood. Recently I discovered that NYU had installed a sign on the grounds of the I.M. Pei-designed Silver Towers complex touting its landmark designation by the City in 2008.  The signage appeared to […]

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  • A New Point of View

    Can you identify the image in the photo above? On Monday evening, November 17th, we’ll present a program with photographer Janko Puls and his new book “Point of View New York City: A Visual Game of the City You Think You Know.” Here is what […]

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  • This Day in History: Silver Towers and the South Village Move Towards Landmark Designation

    They’re next door neighbors, but they could not be more different.  One is high-rise and concrete, the other low-rise and brick.  One is modern and geometric, while the other is quaint and irregular.  One is pre-planned and serene, the other — spontaneous, and buzzing with […]

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  • NYU Buildings Worth Landmarking, Not Protesting

    Here at GVSHP, we’ve been poring over the new South Village Historic District designation report, and it has some wonderful facts and even a few surprises we thought we’d share. Earlier this month, New York State Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills delivered great news by […]

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  • October 17, 1967 – “Sylvette” gets the go-ahead

    On October 17, 1967, Pablo Picasso wrote in a letter that he agreed to allow his colleague, Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar, to reproduce a large-scale sculpture of “Bust of Sylvette” for the University Village/Silver Towers complex, which GVSHP later proposed and successfully fought to have […]

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  • A Groundbreaking Groundbreaking

    On August 12, 1964, ground was broken for the construction of 505 LaGuardia Place (then known as 505 West Broadway), the first of the three towers which, along with the giant Picasso sculpture “Sylvette,” form what was called University Village. The entire complex was built […]

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  • Op-Ed: Preservation Can Help Affordability

    As seen in:     Don’t Believe REBNY’s Hype; Landmarking Can Help Affordability Read the full article in The Villager or Gotham Gazette     BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  In July, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) went on a media blitz, touting […]

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