Author: Sarah Bean Apmann

Tompkins Square Park Through the Years

Over the years, Off the Grid has featured many posts about Tompkins Square Park, including The Young Lords Start in Tompkins Square Park, The Tompkins Square Park Riots of 1988, and Get your Fruit, Veggies, and Milk in Tompkins Square

A History of the East Village and its Architecture

GVSHP’s East Village Building Blocks, our web-based tool which provides information on each property in the East Village, has been wildly popular since its release just over a month ago. Equally popular has been the accompanying, in-depth report on the

Uncovering Mysteries in East Village Building Blocks

In a recent post, we discussed the many resources that we used to research the over 2,200 properties that are featured in our online tool, East Village Building Blocks. In that post, we looked at how we figured out the

Saul Leiter, Artist, Photographer and East Villager

Saul Leiter, American painter and photographer, was part of what was known as the New York school of photography of the 1940s and 50s, and resided on East 10th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues for 61 years until his

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,

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

Napoleon LeBrun — Firehouse Architect and So Much More

Napoleon Eugene Charles Henry LeBrun, a prominent and prolific American architect of the late 19th century, was born on January 2, 1821. He began his career in Philadelphia and designed a number of notable buildings there and other Pennsylvania towns.

Hair-of-the-Dog Blog Posts from 2018

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! Perhaps you welcomed in the new year a bit ‘robustly’ last night.  In that spirit, we thought we’d look at a few posts from this past year about the free flow of alcohol. 

Calvert Vaux and the Village

Calvert Vaux, one of the most prolific and influential architects in the United States during the second half of the 19th century, was born on December 20, 1824, in London, England. Best known in New York City as the co-designer

I Love the 80s…Map!

We recently wrote about the online release of the 1940s tax photos of every building in New York City by the New York City Municipal Archives.  As we mentioned, the 1980s tax photos have been available online for a while