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Interior Artwork of Our Lady of Pompeii Church

The Center For Migration Studies has provided GVSHP with historic images in the past, and recently sent us several images of the interior artwork of Our Lady of Pompeii church. The church has stood on the northwest corner of Carmine

Only Seven Landmarks in One of New York’s Most Historically Rich Areas? What about 37 East 12th Street?

Recently we looked at seven late 19th and early 20th century buildings now under consideration for landmarking by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (read about them here,) They are all located along Broadway south of Union Square, in an

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a Visual Ode to the Village

My favorite series in the past MANY years is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel written by the amazing Amy Sherman-Palladino.  Not only is her rapid-fire dialogue and direction a joy to watch and listen to, but the actors who have been

New Historic Images- Astor Place, 10th Street, Village Community School, and more.

GVSHP just added 29 new historic images to our archive taken from current public applications to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for significant changes to landmarked buildings in our neighborhoods. Historic photos are typically included in applications to provide explanation

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

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