Author: Sam Moskowitz

Henry Wallace: Progressive Pioneer

Henry Agard Wallace (October 7, 1888 – November 18, 1965) served as Vice President under Franklin Delano Roosevelt from January 20, 1941 to January 20, 1945. Roosevelt preferred that Wallace serve a second term as Vice President, in which case …

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Third Street Music School’s Long Journey to 11th Street

The Third Street Music School Settlement was founded by Emilie A. Wagner as the Music School Settlement with just 10 students in 1894. How they made the long journey to their current home on East 11th Street, and to serving …

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Hilly Kristal’s Long Road to the Bowery and Rock and Roll Legend

Hillel (Hilly) Kristal, founder of legendary rock club CBGB, was born on September 23, 1931 in New York City. His early life, well into adulthood, might not have given any hint of the legendary status he would earn in the …

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Small Business Snapshot, ca. 1998

Artists and photographer Carole Teller donated hundreds of photographs to Village Preservation that she took from the 1960s-1990s. An East Village resident for over fifty years, Carole so beautifully and thoroughly documented her neighborhood’s architecture, daily life, and many quirks, …

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Remembering the World Trade Center and the Aftermath of Its Destruction

For almost 30 years, the original World Trade Center dominated the New York City skyline. Its twin towers were the subject of countless photographs; visible throughout the five boroughs, they could be seen from 30 or so miles away in …

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Strange Bedfellows Happened on West 9th Street: Ida Tarbell, Hans Hofman, and Margot Gayle

When conducting research for our Greenwich Village Historic District 1969-2019 Maps and Tours, we discovered that investigative journalist Ida Tarbell, artist Hans Hofmann, and one of our favorite preservationists, Margot Gayle, all lived in the same building at 38-44 West …

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Mazel Tov! Yiddish Theater is born

On August 12th, 1882, the very first Yiddish theatrical performance in New York City was held in a building which still stands at 66 East 4th Street, between the Bowery and Second Avenue. Over the next four decades, the Yiddish …

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President Announces Resignation

On August 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon announced his resignation, effective noon the following day. Following months of impeachment proceedings, Nixon could read the writing on the wall that his time as President would be coming to an end, one …

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The Origins of Greenwich Village Historic District Street Names: Part IV

This is one in a series of posts marking the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Greenwich Village Historic District.  Check out our year-long activities and celebrations at gvshp.org/GVHD50. The streets, parks, and squares of the Greenwich Village Historic District are named for …

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The East River Park’s Past and Future

In the 1930s, today’s East Village and Lower East Side, long the country’s most crowded and notorious slum, was being dramatically transformed. The nation’s first federally-subsidized public housing was being built. Immigration from Europe, once the neighborhood’s lifeblood, had been …

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