Tag: Anniversaries

Westbeth Turns 50!

On May 19, 1970, a project like no other ever imagined or realized before opened its doors on the corner of West and Bethune Streets. Westbeth (a portmanteau of those street names) was the first large scale adaptive reuse of …

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Let Me Introduce To You: Sgt. Pepper’s Greenwich Village Band

The classic Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, considered by many the greatest and most influential rock album of all time, has received a lot of attention recently with the 50th anniversary of its release (May 26 in …

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The Flatirons of the Village and the East Village

On September 20th, 1966, the Flatiron Building was designated a New York City landmark.  One of New York’s most beloved and iconic landmarks, the Flatiron Building is known for (among other things) its unique shape, formed by the intersection of Broadway and …

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Remembering Edith Lyons

18 years ago, GVSHP had the privilege of recording an oral history  interview with early preservationist, Edith Lyons, the co-founder of the Joint Emergency Committee to Close Washington Square Park to Traffic. Lyons and the JEC led a seven year …

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Lucky Seventh Anniversary for Some Lucky Federal Houses

Seven years ago today, on July 24th, 2007, two very lucky federal rowhouse survivors on Greenwich Street were landmarked, thus insuring their nearly 200 year run of good luck would continue.

Happy Birthday Combat Rock and Joey Ramone

We have two great birthdays in the world of punk to mark.  The two celebrants straddle the East and West Village, and both sides of the Atlantic.

One Year in the Life of the East Village/LES Historic District

On this day one year ago, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission officially designated the East Village/LES Historic District. Encompassing 325 buildings and 15 blocks, centering along Second Avenue and stretching between East 2nd Street and St. Mark’s Place, it is …

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A Big Week in History for South Village Landmarking

This week marks the anniversary of some critical past victories in South Village landmarking efforts.  Let’s see what good fortune mid-May has brought to us in years gone by…

A Half Century Since the Passing of ee cummings

Off the Grid will be going, well, off the grid for the holiday weekend. While we’ll be celebrating the last days of summer, we must note that this Monday not only marks Labor Day, but the 50th anniversary of the …

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On This Day: Gansevoort Market Opens

On June 14, 1884, a municipally-sanctioned public market was dedicated on the five-sided block bounded by Little West Twelfth, Washington, Gansevoort, West Streets and Tenth Avenue. Vendors primarily from New Jersey and Long Island came by ferry to sell produce. …

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