Author: Andrew Berman
Andrew Berman has been the Executive Director of GVSHP since 2002.

The First Ghetto Is Founded, and the Reverberations are Felt Centuries Later

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

‘Tech hub’ part of spreading development virus

Op-ed by GVSHP Executive Director Andrew Berman in  Read it here. To great fanfare, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans for a slick new “tech hub” to be built on E. 14th St. just east of Fourth Ave., on

The Oldest Building in the Village?

The following is a re-posting of a post by Elizabeth Finkelstein from 2011: Call it whatever you’d like: antique, vintage, or historic. If one thing is for certain, the Village is really, really old. Old by New York City standards, and even

East Village vs. West — Which Is Really the Narrowest House in NYC?

The following is a re-post originally written in 2011: Word that the West Village’s 75 1/2 Bedford Street is back on the market always brings attention to the slender house in which Enda St. Vincent Millay is said to have

“When was my building built?,” and other tricky research questions

The following is a re-post originally written by Sheryl Woodruff in 2011: The New York Public Library, whose digital gallery we here at GVSHP turn to quite frequently when looking for images to assist in our own research, recently included

Help Keep GVSHP Strong in 2017!

JUST SIX DAYS LEFT IN 2016! 2016 was a year of incredible accomplishments for GVSHP. Help us keep the progress going, and protect what we hold dear about our neighborhoods.

Gone But Not Forgotten: The Tunnel Garage, 1922-2006

This was originally posted five years ago as part of Off the Grid’s “My Favorite Things” series.  With the Landmarks Preservation Commission finally hearing today GVSHP’s proposal to landmark the section of the South Village in which the Tunnel Garage was

On This Day: Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side”

Today marks forty-four years since the release of Lou Reed’s classic paean to downtown New York, and some of the more prominent characters that occupied that space and time, Walk on the Wild Side. the original single At the time,

What A Difference GVSHP Makes! Preserving Vanderbilt Hall and Washington Square

This series shines a light on the important things we’re achieving together in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. Each month, we’ll be exploring a new site or topic that has benefited from GVSHP’s work. With your support, every

Dog Day Anniversary

  The wedding of John Wojtowicz and Ernest Aron (later Elizabeth Eden). On August 22, 1972, what may be the most legendary bank robbery in New York City history took place.  And it had some interesting Village connections. On that

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