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Beyond the Village and Back: Sailors’ Snug Harbor

In our series Beyond the Village and Back, we take a look at some great landmarks throughout New York City outside of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, celebrate their special histories, and reveal their (sometimes hidden) connections to the …

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The Downtown Gallery and the Woman Behind the American Art Market

In 1926, Edith Gregor Halpert was twenty six years old. She had, up until the year before, served as one of two female business executives in New York City. But in 1925, she had left the elite position behind, her …

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Billie Holiday: Jazz Legend & Greenwich Village Icon

Billie Holiday is considered one of the preeminent jazz vocalists of all time. She sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall, starred in hit movies, and gave voice to the African American civil rights movement at a critical time in its …

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Off Broadway Theater Update Part 2

The theaters in our neighborhoods have long been the critical launching pads for playwrights, directors, actors, and theatrical artists of all stripes.  As the Broadway lights were dimmed, for the time being, on March 12, 2020, Off Broadway Theaters struggled …

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Explore Village History with#NewYorkFromHome

With the city slowing down and most New Yorkers at home, our partners at Urban Archive are promoting NYC’s rich cultural gems online. Village Preservation has twenty tours and stories on Urban Archive. We have assembled a select group of …

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Dr. Rebecca Cole, African-American Female Medical Pioneer Who Changed Lives On Bleecker Street

The history of medical and public health advancements have played a key role in our neighborhoods’ stories. While the story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in America is fairly well known, having launched the very first hospital run …

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Beyond the Village and Back: Harlem’s St. James Presbyterian Church

In our series Beyond the Village and Back, we take a look at some great landmarks throughout New York City outside of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, celebrate their special histories, and reveal their (sometimes hidden) connections to the …

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Off-Broadway Theater Update

I have been thinking a great deal about our theater artist community in these past few days. So I decided to check in with some of the Off-Broadway theaters in our neighborhood to see how they are doing during this …

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A Doctor That Was In The House: Elizabeth Blackwell

It times of great uncertainty or need, special people emerge to address challenges that face us all. Often it starts with the plight of the most vulnerable among us, which if not attended, can spread to the larger society. This Women’s …

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Why Isn’t This Landmarked?: 114-118 East 13th Street, the American Felt Company Headquarters

Part of our blog series Why Isn’t This Landmarked?, where we look at buildings in our area we’re fighting to protect that are worthy of landmark designation, but somehow aren’t landmarked. The area south of Union Square is rich in architectural …

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