Category: South Village
2 Fifth Avenue

Recladding & Reevaluating

Like all other applications for work on landmarked properties in Greenwich Village, GVSHP has been keeping tabs on the progress of the recently-approved plans to re-clad the large mid-century white-brick apartment building at 2 Fifth Avenue, just north Washington Square

Happy Bastille Day!

We know that you all know it’s Bastille Day, but did you know that the South Village once had a large and lively French community?  The 1880 U.S. census showed that a large number of French immigrants were, at this

On This Day: New York City Draft Riots

On July 13, 1863 began several days of violence in New York City known as the Draft Riots.  These civil disturbances rocked New York City and revealed a deep racial and class divide that existed in New York City in

Happy Birthday Blowin’ In the Wind

On July 9, 1962, Bob Dylan recorded “Blowin’ In the Wind,” a song destined to become an anthem for a generation, and for the transformative civil rights and peace movements.  Dylan is said to have written “Blowin’ In the Wind”

A Bookstore for Every Villager

It’s no surprise that the Village has a wealth of bookshops.  Quaint, independently-owned stores that could pull even the most technology-addicted teenager away from his or her iPad, are scattered throughout the East and West Villages.  It makes sense that

Call 311 About 43 MacDougal Street!

GVSHP and neighbors have long suspected that there might be squatters living inside 43 MacDougal Street, the deteriorating, 1846 landmarked building about which we’ve blogged before. Yesterday neighbors woke up to find that the facade had gotten a fresh coat

In Memoriam: The Big Man

On Saturday, at the age of 69, Clarence Clemons, aka the Big Man, passed away in Palm Beach, Florida.   Known best for his role as the unbelievably talented saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Clemons’ passing has brought sadness

Entrance to Le Poisson Rouge at 158 Bleecker Street

Young in Age, but Not in Spirit: 2011 Village Awardee

  Over the many years GVSHP has presented the Village Awards, awardees have often been praised for their longevity. Though in rare cases, a newly established organization or business will stand out as a worthy recipient. Such is the case

McNulty's Tea & Coffee sign

A Specialty Food Shop in the Village: 2011 Village Awardee

McNulty’s Tea & Coffee Company at 109 Christopher Street is a part of a long tradition of Village specialty shops that hint at a time before grocery stores, when shoppers would buy bread from the bakery, meat from the butcher,

Who ya gonna call?! Happy anniversary Ghostbusters

This is an updated version of a post from 2011. The Washington Square Ghost! That’s right folks, we’re talking about Ghostbusters! Today marks the anniversary of the release of the classic film, which spawned a sequel, two animated television series,