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  • Chess Forum program this Thursday, Nov. 10th at 7pm!

    This Thursday, GVSHP will be hosting a program with our October Business of the Month, Chess Forum.  The program is in preparation for the World Championship of Chess, which will begin the following day here New York City — the first time it’s been held […]

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  • Pete Seeger Anniversary

    Today marks the two year passing of folk music legend Pete Seeger. Seeger was an influential singer, songwriter, and civil rights and anti-war activist. Seeger also founded a nonprofit environmental organization in 1969, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, to advocate for the environmental clean up of the […]

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  • End of Summer Reading: Greenwich Village Stories

    The recent piece on PBS’ MetroFocus series about GVSHP’s book, Greenwich Village Stories (watch here) reminds me what a perfect end-of-summer read the book is (the book can be purchased here).  Where else can you find sixty-six reminiscences about the Village and East Village from […]

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  • Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: Greenwich Village Edition

    Happy birthday Kevin Bacon!  The versatile actor/musician/philanthropist was born in Philadelphia to Ruth Hilda and Edmund Norwood Bacon on July 8, 1958. Of course Kevin Bacon is more than just a multi-talented artist of various media.  He’s also the basis for the popular game which […]

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  • Remembering Pete Seeger

    “The artists.” Without a doubt, that response is the one I hear most often when I ask what people love most about the Village’s history. And when it comes to the artists of Greenwich Village, you can’t talk about them together without thinking of the […]

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  • South Village Highlights – see for yourself

    On Tuesday we celebrated the Landmarks Preservation Commission vote to designate the South Village as an Historic District. I hope you will see for yourself why we fought so hard for 10 years to accomplish this. Circle a day on your calendar now, and set […]

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  • Music in the Village Past and Present

    Music in the Village Past and Present

    A recent post by Rock Cellar Magazine entitled “Rock Meccas of NYC: What Are They Now?” had us here at Off the Grid lamenting the loss of such wonderful music venues as the recently closed Kenny’s Castaways and Bleecker Bob’s Record Store. The article’s then […]

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  • South Village Landmark Proposal — What’s In?

    Earlier in the week we looked at what sites the Landmarks Preservation Commission excluded from our proposed South Village Historic District in their draft proposed phase II designation. As promised, in anticipation of Monday’s night’s public property owner’s meeting on the draft proposal, today we […]

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  • Decades of Limbo To Finally End for South Village “Almost-Landmarks”?

    Last week we received written confirmation from the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) that they intend to hear and vote upon the remaining section of our proposed South Village Historic District north of Houston Street before the end of the year. To say this was a […]

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  • A Hard Rain

    We hope that you are staying safe and dry as Hurricane Sandy batters New York. Today we’re going to take a look at Bob Dylan’s noted song “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall.” Dylan’s composition, which was included in his second album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan […]

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