Founded by Villagers, the ACLU Remains Vital to Our Society

In the years following World War I, Americans feared communist infiltration of our country following the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. As we continue to see today, when fear outweighs rational debate, civil liberties pay the price.

IWW office after it was raided by Palmer’s squad

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Good News on Chain Stores for the New Year

The eleventh annual ranking of national retailers in New York City by the Center for an Urban Future (CUF) just came out, and it reveals a 0.3 percent decline in the number of chain stores over the past year, marking the first year-over-year citywide drop in national retail locations since they began the annual analysis of the city’s chain retailers.   You can see the full report here.

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Letter to the LPC about Designating The Stonewall Inn

On January 16, 2014, GVSHP sent a letter to the then-chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Robert Tierney calling for landmark designation of the Stonewall Inn.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Research Resources for East Village Building Blocks

GVSHP’s recently-released East Village Building Blocks online web tool provides invaluable information about over 2,200 properties in the East Village, including each building’s date of construction, original architect, original use, and more. This resource was over ten years in the making, and with so many of the structures having been built before New York City had a Department of Buildings and issued permits for construction, you may be wondering how we conducted our research. New York City has a bevy of resources for building research, and we used them all:

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Strange Bedfellows: Stanford White and Diane Arbus

Today we begin a new blog series, Strange Bedfellows, where we take a look at unlikely pairs or assortments of noteworthy people who lived or spent time in surprisingly close proximity to one another in our neighborhoods.

The St. Mark’s Historic District is known for all sorts of unique surprises — it contains Manhattan’s only true east-west street and its oldest house still in use as a residence, New York City’s oldest site of continuous worship, and the only triangle of houses attributed to famed 19th century architect James Renwick.  But this tiny enclave, which was designated a New York City historic district on January 14, 1969, contains one other unique and unexpected surprise — that New Yorkers as different as Beaux Arts architect Stanford White and outsider chronicler Diane Arbus lived next door to each other in the heart of the district.

Stanford White (l.), Daine Arbus

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The Bones of Old New York: Rick Kelly’s Carmine Street Guitars

Rick Kelly at work

If only these old bones could talk!  Well, in the case of Rick Kelly and his amazing craft, the old bones can indeed talk, or sing, if you will.  Rick Kelly is a luthier who crafts bespoke guitars from the reclaimed wood that once belonged to buildings around the city.  Rick’s guitars are like having history in your arms. Read the rest of this entry »

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James Varick, the Village, and Zion AME Church

On January 10th, 1750, James Varick was born into slavery in upstate New York. Possibly a slave of the prominent Dutch Varick family, as a young boy he and his mother were freed and moved to New York City. The church he helped found, what would grow to be Zion African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, had a profound effect on African-American life, has been a force for abolition and civil rights since the late 18th century, was the first black church in New York City, and was located, before it moved to its current home in Harlem, in the heart of Greenwich Village.

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Business of the Month: Love Child, 1 Horatio Street

Your input is needed! Today we feature our latest Business of the Month — help us to select the next.  Tell us which independent store you love in Greenwich Village, the East Village, or NoHo: click here to nominate your favorite.  Want to help support small businesses?  Share this post with friends.

From its birth as a pop-up yoga speakeasy downstairs at 1 Horatio Street, Love Child has grown up to be a one-of-a-kind model for holistic support from preconception to pregnancy, postpartum and beyond.  They are much more than a yoga studio, and they are our January 2019 Business of the Month.

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La Vie en Rose: Meet Villager Rose Hartman

Villager and photographer Rose Hartman has, since the 1970s, been known for her candid portraits of the world’s celebrities and non-celebrities as they pass through New York City. Ms. Hartman, who’s lived on Charles Street in the West Village, is a former high school teacher who took the leap into photography in her thirties. Hartman’s photography has captured the glitterati and fashionable for over four decades.

Village Photographer Rose Hartman

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Nico Captured by Fred McDarrah

On January 7, 1967, German-born singer Nico performed with The Velvet Underground at Steve Paul’s nightclub, the Scene, and this moment was captured stunningly in a photograph by Fred W. McDarrah. McDarrah was the photographer behind the Village Voice at the time and he had a fifty-year association with the paper that chronicled the post-War counterculture and captured images of all of the artists, writers, politicians, social movements, and musicians of the day. The Fred W. McDarrah Estate has graciously allowed this photo of Nico and others including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Willem de Kooning, and many others to be included within the GVSHP Historic Image Archive.

Nico performing with the Velvet Underground at Steve Paul’s nightclub, the Scene, New York, New York. © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah.

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