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  • Closed On this Day in 1963: A History of the Spring Street Church

    On December 14th, 1963, the Presbytery of the City of New York officially voted that the historic Spring Street Presbyterian Church would close its doors at the end of the month of December, with the last service to be held on December 29, 1963. Why […]

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  • Jared Kushner’s (Preservation) Record

    The Donald has been getting a lot of attention lately, what with his running for President and all.  So too has his family, which is being touted as an integral part of his campaign apparatus, and his most intimate advisors. When the irrepressible Mr. Trump […]

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  • Tales from the Crypt: Greenwich Village as seen through its burial sites

    Burial spaces serve a wide variety of purposes: religious, political, socioeconomic.  For example, a graveyard might demarcate the boundary of a church or private property, while the kind of interment that was undertaken (burial, cremation, mausoleum) might give insight into the roles and statuses the […]

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  • Donald Trump’s Illustrious Record of Offenses

    The Donald has been in the news quite a bit lately, which is always fun for everyone. Mr. Trump’s recent verbal assaults on our senses and sensibilities have reminded us of some of his shenanigans in our neighborhood over the years, largely in connection to […]

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  • A Preservation Agenda For Landmarking’s 50th Birthday

    For weeks now we’ve all been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of New York City’s landmarks law, which actually took place on April 19, 1965. As we approach this momentous occasion, we thought we’d take a look at some items on  our current […]

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  • GVSHP African American History Month Series: Revisiting Spring Street Presbyterian Church

    In celebration of Black History Month, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation will host several public programs this month with specific focus on the history of the African-American community in Greenwich Village. On Monday, February 9, archivist David Pultz will give an illustrated lecture at the […]

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  • 2013: The Year In Review

    We at GVSHP want to wish everyone a happy holiday season and best wishes for the new year.  We’ll be posting intermittently for the next week or so until we pick up a normal schedule again at the beginning of 2014. It’s been a momentous […]

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  • City’s Own Data Contradicts Their Claims on Trump SoHo’s Legality — Pt. II

    Last November, we showed how — to our amazement — the City’s own “Community Profile” of Community Board #2 categorized the Trump SoHo “Condo-Hotel” as a residential property.  This would make it illegal under the zoning, because when built, the zoning in Hudson Square did […]

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  • When Broken Zoning Rules Lead to Exhumed Bones

    Working in historic preservation you sometimes find yourself dealing with things you never expect. On this date in 2006, GVSHP wrote to Mayor Bloomberg regarding a 19th century abolitionist church graveyard that had been dug up and disturbed in the process of preparing for the […]

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  • City’s Own Data Contradicts Their Claims on Trump SoHo’s Legality

    Six and a half years ago, a pitched battle began against the scheme to construct a 454 ft. tall behemoth at 246 Spring Street which came to be known as the “Trump SoHo Condo-Hotel.”  GVSHP and many neighbors and community groups opposed having this 46-story […]

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