Author: Meaghan Collins

100 Years of Preservation: A Conversation with Anthony C. Wood

Last week, GVSHP had the honor of hosting a public program “100 Years of Preservation: A Conversation with Anthony C. Wood”, founder of the New York Preservation Archive Project and author of Preserving New York: Winning the Right to Protect a …

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A Brief History of “Rent”

On April 29, 1996, playwright Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical “Rent” made its Broadway debut at The Nederlander Theatre. As many Broadway show-goers and longtime East Village residents already know, “Rent” takes place in the heart …

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Greenwich Village CSAs

The organic food movement is no longer just a trend, but a necessity for many consumers — as evidenced by the long lines endured at grocery stores such as Whole Foods or Traders Joe’s, and the growth of farm-to-table restaurants …

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Tax Day History in the West Village

Tax Day may not be our favorite day of the year.  But it bears an important connection to one of our favorite Far West Village landmarks. Before the U.S. Income Tax was enacted in 1913, the majority of the Federal …

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Celebrating & Remembering Margot Gayle

The New York City Landmarks Law turns 50 years old this month! In the spirit of this important anniversary, we have decided to revisit our 1996 Oral History Interview with NYC Landmarks Law activist and historic preservationist Margot Gayle. Born in 1908, Gayle …

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The Lowline

At last, it appears that spring has finally arrived in New York City, and not a moment too soon. Many of us feel sun and nature deprived after months of harsh winter weather kept us from going outside to enjoy …

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Happy Birthday to the Manhattan Street Grid!

Happy birthday to the Manhattan Street Grid! Hailed by many historians as “the single most important document in New York City’s development,” the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, better known as the original Manhattan Street Grid, was adopted on March 22, …

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Preservation Alert

PRESERVATION ALERT: New City Proposal Would Slash Neighborhood Zoning Protections; Hard-Fought-For Height Limits Would Be Lifted, Now and In the Future Dear friend,   The City has just released a citywide rezoning proposal which would lift hard-fought-for neighborhood zoning protections …

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Happy Birthday Lou Reed

Famed Rock n Roll legend and Greenwich Village icon, Lou Reed, was born on March 2, 1942. Reed grew up on Long Island and moved to New York City at the early age of twenty and co-founded the groundbreaking band …

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Remembering Edith Lyons

18 years ago, GVSHP had the privilege of recording an oral history  interview with early preservationist, Edith Lyons, the co-founder of the Joint Emergency Committee to Close Washington Square Park to Traffic. Lyons and the JEC led a seven year …

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