Tag: Washington Square Village

Friends Apartments- Fiction or Fantasy?

Love them or hate them, Friends was an acclaimed television mainstay, winning 69 awards during its eleven year run from 1994-2004. Friends debuted on September 22nd, 1994, with Greenwich Village as its somewhat implausible backdrop. Monica’s apartment, aka the “Friends …

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On this Day: Washington Square Village Found Eligible for State and National Registers of Historic Places

On this date in 2011, the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), presented a “Resource Evaluation” that agreed with the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s earlier finding that the complex known as Washington Square Village was eligible for inclusion in the …

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University Village/Silver Towers – Urban Design that Stands the Test of Time

Greenwich Village is home to what is considered by many one of the finest examples in the nation of a mid-century modern residential complex: the University Village/Silver Towers. Designed by I.M. Pei & Associates with James I. Freed as lead …

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This Day in History: NYU Incorporated

Today is the 184th anniversary of the incorporation of NYU. Originally chartered as the “University of the City of New-York”, in 1831 admission was open to all during a time when most universities only admitted members of the privileged classes. The …

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The development of Washington Square Village was part of a controversial Urban Renewal project. From the William Eppes Collection, GVSHP.

NYU Development Battles Past and Present

The Atlantic Cities featured an article called “A Brief History of NYU Land Battles” on its site this past Tuesday, before the City Council Land Use Committee voted nearly unanimously to approve a slightly modified version of NYU’s massive proposed …

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What NYU Doesn’t Want You to Know About Faculty Housing at Washington Square Village

NYU’s massive, out-of-scale plan to construct 2 million square feet of new buildings within the Washington Square Village and Silver Towers superblocks is touted by the University as being desperately needed to accommodate its growth.  NYU President John Sexton in …

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NYU 2031 Plan

Come Downtown and Make Your Voice Heard about NYU!

Tomorrow morning one of the most important public hearings on NYU’s massive expansion plan will take place. We hope you can join GVSHP, neighbors, and friends to let the City Planning Commission know that residents, NYU faculty, NYU students, NYU …

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Superblock Sleuthing

“Superblock” is a term that we have been hearing more and more with the publication of the NYU 2031 Plan and its roadmap for massive additional development on two of the city’s most prominent and historic superblocks- Silver Towers and …

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2 Fifth Avenue

Recladding & Reevaluating

Like all other applications for work on landmarked properties in Greenwich Village, GVSHP has been keeping tabs on the progress of the recently-approved plans to re-clad the large mid-century white-brick apartment building at 2 Fifth Avenue, just north Washington Square …

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The Past and Future NYU

This week marks the 180th anniversary of the incorporation of New York University, which was chartered in April 1831 as the City University of New York. And it seems the University was a bit pickier with its choice of architects …

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