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‘Friends’: Greenwich Village Fantasy vs. Reality

On September 22, 1994, the TV show ‘Friends’ premiered on NBC.  Airing ten seasons, it was consistently one of the most popular shows on television, and after decades of syndication, one of the most popular in history.  And for a …

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Sullivan-Thompson, a District of Immigrants

The recently landmarked Sullivan-Thompson Historic District is one of the first historic districts in New York City so designated almost exclusively based upon its immigrant history and working-class architecture. As stated by the LPC research staff in their presentation before …

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Tenements of the South Village

As mentioned in the GVSHP testimony at the designation hearing for the Sullivan-Thompson historic district, the majority of the historic fabric in this district is its tenements.  Here is a laboratory and cross-section of tenement types which served as the homes …

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Europe and Greenwich Village

I recently spent my vacation visiting the European cities of Barcelona, Rome, and Trieste. During my time there, dutifully and happily playing the role of tourist, I was reminded of the depth of European history versus American history. Here our …

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How to Build a Building Without an Architect

Today we take for granted that every building has an architect behind it. You need an architect to create a blueprint, right? Then an array of engineers, craftsmen and laborers follow the plans, and voilà, you have a building. In …

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A Sign That Tells More Than Just Street Names

An Off the Grid reader asks: “Why is there a set of stone markers embedded between the third and fourth floors of the building at 128 Charles Street saying ‘Greenwich Street’ and ‘Charles Street’?  It’s so high up you can …

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