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Second & Third Cemeteries of Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue Shearith Israel

Today is a rare day on Off the Grid:  we are combining two of our ongoing blog series: Many Layers of History and Beyond the Village and Back. In our Many Layers of History series, we look at the history around intersections in

Remembering the Ramrod Massacre

“For all of us who were worried that the conservative backlash in this country would bring about unnamed terrible things, the future is now.” One might assume these words were written in light of recent events. In fact, they date

Buy a Book Locally on Small Business Saturday

“Small Business Saturday” is this coming Saturday, a day to promote the independent retailers and other businesses that enrich our neighborhoods. To help you help our local small businesses, we’ve compiled a list of books that we have featured this

New York City’s 1940 Tax Photos — Now Online!

New York history buffs have been waiting a long time for this — the New York City Municipal Archives has digitized all 720,000 of its tax photos of every building in New York City, taken 1939-1941, and placed them all on

GVSHP’s Historic Image Archive: Interior Motives

With the colder air, the shorter days, and the mania of holiday planning that come with late November, it seems right to start spending more time in the warm, comfortable indoors. And looking through our Historic Image Archive, while our

The Birth of Mass Transit in NYC

Mass transit emerged in New York City in 1827 with the omnibus, a large stagecoach pulled by horses that could accommodate about a dozen riders at a time. While horse-drawn carriages had always existed in NYC, the omnibus was different because it ran

One Street, Many Great Local Businesses: Bleecker Street

Four years ago today, GVSHP launched our Business of the Month program, in which each month a local independent business is featured on GVSHP’s website and blog Off the Grid, and shared with thousands of followers via our e-bulletins and

Ernest Flagg Roundup!

On November 12th, 1968, Firehouse Engine Co. 33 at 44 Great Jones Street was designated a New York City landmark.  The design of the firehouse, a “distinguished example of French Beaux Arts architecture,” is attributed to architect Ernest Flagg.  Flagg

James Renwick, Jr., 19th Century Architect Extraordinaire!

James Renwick, Jr. was born on November 11, 1818, in New York City.  He would become one of the most successful American architects of the 19th century, designing such high profile buildings as New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the

World War I Centennial and the Village

November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I, a war that engulfed most of Europe since 1914. United States troops tipped the balance toward Allied victory, placing the United States on the world

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