Author: Matthew Morowitz

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. 

Many Layers of History at 1st Avenue and 3rd Street

New Year, new entries! As the calendar year resets, so to the dates that correspond to Village intersections.  We begin our 2019 series back where it all started: the East Village.  In honor of today’s date, we are taking a

Many Layers of History Throughout 2018

As the calendar year comes to a close, GVSHP is looking back at some of our 2018 blog posts.  Our neighborhoods are so rich in history on every street and around every intersection, we’d love to explore and share each one.  But given

A Tale of Two Crises: Thomas Paine and Marie Du Mont

On December 19, 1776, Thomas Paine published The American Crisis, a series of pamphlets that helped fan the flames of American patriotism to inspire the American troops and public during the long, arduous years of the Revolutionary War.  In a

Henry Highland Garnet and the Village

On December 13, 1815, African-American abolitionist, minister, educator, and orator Henry Highland Garnet was born.   Born into slavery, Garnet escaped his bondage and worked hard to fight for himself and the African-American community, eventually becoming the first African-American to address

POPS goes the Village!

Privately owned public spaces, or POPS, are public areas adjoining or adjacent to buildings created through incentivized zoning.  What this zoning means is that by providing a public space, developers are given a floor area bonus, allowing them to build

Second & Third Cemeteries of Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue Shearith Israel

Today is a rare day on Off the Grid:  we are combining two of our ongoing blog series: Many Layers of History and Beyond the Village and Back. In our Many Layers of History series, we look at the history around intersections in

Ernest Flagg Roundup!

On November 12th, 1968, Firehouse Engine Co. 33 at 44 Great Jones Street was designated a New York City landmark.  The design of the firehouse, a “distinguished example of French Beaux Arts architecture,” is attributed to architect Ernest Flagg.  Flagg

Many Layers of History at 7th Avenue and 11th Street

This post is part of a series about Village intersections that correspond to the date.  In July, we took a look at 7th Avenue and 12th Street and discussed the former St. Vincent’s Hospital.  Yet, just a block down on 11th

Halloween Has Gone to the Dogs!

The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade has been a much-loved event in the East Village since the 1990s.  This year’s parade was initially canceled, but then moved to the East River Park Amphitheater. 

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