Category: East Village

Live from the Village, It’s Saturday Night!

This day marks the 44th anniversary of the hit late-night variety show, Saturday Night Live. On October 11, 1975, NBC’s Saturday Night made its television debut. The show was created by Lorne Michaels under the original name of NBC’s Saturday …

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East Village Activist History on Display at Loisaida

Few places have made more significant contributions to civil rights and social justice struggles, artistic creativity, and freedom of expression than the East Village. Now more than ever, it’s important to remember and pay tribute to that history and to …

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Retracing The East Village’s Historic Little Italy

October, the month when we mark Columbus Day, is also Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month.  That combined with the recent celebrations around the 125th anniversary of Veniero’s inspires a closer look at the East Village’s own historic Little Italy, centered …

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Underground Railroad Church Once Located in Greenwich Village Led Abolitionist Cause

The Shiloh Presbyterian Church is one of many African American churches once found in Greenwich Village, when nearly all the city’s leading African American churches were located in this neighborhood. Like most of those churches, it played a leading role …

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Lady Gaga’s Greenwich Village

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is a born and raised New Yorker. While she spent most of her early years growing up on the Upper West Side, she owes some of her breakout …

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How Greenwich Village and the East Village Launched the 19th Century Hebrew Free School Movement

Nineteenth-century Jewish immigrant life in New York is well-documented, when massive waves of Jews, first from Germany and then from Eastern Europe, began to flood into the city.  This made New York the largest Jewish city by population in the …

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Storefronts in Historic Districts — What You Need to Know

Stores and commercial spaces provide important services, products, jobs, and character to our neighborhoods and communities. Small businesses in landmarked buildings and historic districts have many wonderful assets, while also having NYC Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) rules to follow. The …

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Rooftop Farms in Our Neighborhoods: It is Officially “A Movement”

We at Village Preservation keep tabs on all different types of preservation, including environmental sustainability.  So we’ve been really interested to learn about the expanding opportunities in our neighborhoods for urban agriculture and beekeeping. Urban agriculture is becoming a big …

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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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Welcome Cindy Zhang, Our Newest Hunter College Public Service Scholar

  Village preservation is very fortunate to partner with the Public Service Scholar Program at Hunter College. The ambitious, experiential program provides undergraduate scholars academic coursework, as well as practical application. The two-semester course provides a curriculum that gives the …

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