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Village Scenes: A March of Snow and Sunshine

After a long, cold, and snowy January and February, Mother Nature decided we weren’t quite ready for spring just because our calendars told us it was March. Only a few days into the month, the city was covered in snow. …

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The Beauty of the University Place & Broadway Corridors

Last week’s community meeting about the need to better preserve and protect the Village’s University Place and Broadway corridors was a great success.  Well attended, participants at the meeting were extremely engaged and enthusiastic, and there appeared to be a …

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Building Profile: St. Denis Hotel

Completed in 1853, by architect James Renwick, the St. Denis Hotel stood at the corner of East 11th Street and Broadway. The property, which was owned by the Renwick family, had been given to them by their relative, Henry Brevoort, …

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Building Broadway: Incredible Photographs from 1920

Here we are in the midst of the holiday season. The city was blanketed with snow this weekend and shoppers are frantically working through their holiday gift-giving lists. For today’s Building Broadway post, I’d like to share a wonderful gift …

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When Greenwich Village was farmland

Here in Greenwich Village, we are surrounded by history.  So sometimes when I walk the streets, I try to imagine what life was like at different times in the past. When I see modest Federal style houses, I imagine a …

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McCreery’s Then & Now: Dry Goods to Duplexes

  The middle of the 19th Century saw an influx of wealthy New Yorkers moving north of Washington Square.  To cater to this growing population, lavish new developments began to spring up around Union Square.  Gothic Revival religious institutions such …

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NYU Renovation Tosses Architecture and History Out the Window

It’s disappointing but hardly surprising — NYU destroying a small but important piece of the Village’s architectural heritage and character.  What is puzzling, however, is how utterly unnecessary the destruction appears to be. NYU is renovating its Brittany Hall dormitory …

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An Illustrated Trip Down Broadway

We recently highlighted the marvelous illustration work of James Gulliver Hancock as he continues in his attempt to draw all the buildings in New York. This week, we thought we’d take a look at a much earlier attempt at cataloging …

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Newest Library Acquisition

Over the summer we told you about the 1959 Greenwich Village Guide book published under the auspices of The Villager newspaper.  This past week GVSHP received a donation to our library which included a 1947 version of the Greenwich Village …

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Baking on Broadway — Then and Now

Standing where Broadway begins its curve to the west at 10th Street, the landmarked Grace Church has been a fixture of Broadway’s landscape for over 160 years. James Renwick Jr.’s gothic masterpiece was consecrated in 1846 after the congregation moved …

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