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  • A Landmark From the Heyday of Yiddish Theater That Still Stands Today

    Many New Yorkers are still reeling from the closure and impending demolition of the Landmark Sunshine Theater on East Houston Street.  Just outside of GVSHP’s catchment area, the Landmarks Sunshine was a beloved institution which had served up independent cinema for two decades, and in […]

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  • A History of the East Village in 10 Objects

    The following is an updated re-posting originally authored by Dana Schulz. As May is Lower East Side History Month, we at GVSHP thought it would be nice to revisit a post from 2012 which gives a nod to ‘A History of the World in 100 […]

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  • Five Hundred One Years Ago, The First Ghetto Is Founded

    Five hundred one years ago today, on March 29, 1516, the Venice Ghetto was established by decree of the Venice Ruling Council.  The very first ghetto, it was a tiny 2 1/2 block area on a small, dirty island housing over 4,000 people.  The name […]

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  • Five Hundred Years Ago, The First Ghetto Is Founded

    Five hundred years ago today, on March 29, 1516, the Venice Ghetto was established by decree of the Venice Ruling Council.  The very first ghetto, it was a tiny 2 1/2 block area on a small, dirty island housing over 4,000 people.  The name comes […]

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  • The Doors at the Fillmore East

    Forty-six years ago on Saturday, the legendary rock band The Doors performed at the East Village’s fabled Fillmore East. The performance is considered one of the most iconic in the band and the theater’s career — which is saying a lot, considering the near-mythic status each enjoy. The […]

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  • Finally, East Village/Lower East Side Historic District Scheduled for Vote

    We recently learned that the proposed East Village/Lower East Side Historic District has been scheduled for a vote by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on October 9.  Since the district was announced nearly a year and a half ago, GVSHP and other preservation advocacy and community […]

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  • Spot the Shot: 229-231 East 12th Street

    The building from this “Spot the Shot” post is at 229-231 East 12th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. “The Claremount” was constructed in 1901 by developer Max Weinberg, who built a number of buildings in the East Village and Lower East Side at the […]

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  • Spot the Shot: Do You Know the Location of This Building?

      Do you know where this building is located? One of the most well known and talented families of Yiddish theater who also happened to own some of the theaters on the Yiddish Rialto once called it home.  It was built by one of the […]

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  • Oscars, Opera and Orson Welles at Onyx Court

      We always thought the building at 193 Second Avenue at the corner of 12th Street was extraordinarily handsome and well-designed. Based on our extensive research of the East Village we learned a lot more about the building owners, architects and some of its notable […]

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  • Pastrami or Lox?

    Tough decision, I know.  Luckily, in the East Village/Lower East Side, you don’t have to travel far to stock up on both of these Jewish treats.  If you’ve ever stood on line for a pastrami on rye at Katz’s or grabbed a bagel with lox […]

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