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Village Preservation was founded in 1980 to preserve the architectural heritage and cultural history of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. We are a leader in protecting the sense of place and human scale that define the Village’s unique community. Our programs include: Educational outreach in the form of public lectures, tours, exhibitions, and publications; a school program that teach

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How the Elevated Train and the Streetcar Both Began In Greenwich Village - Village Preservation 06/16/2024

On this day in 1884, the first rollercoaster in America opens on Coney Island, known as the “switchback railway.” But well before that amusement ride rose, the Ninth Avenue Elevated was running through our neighborhood — the first elevated rail line in the world — which with its “suicide curve” may have been even scarier than its amusement park brethren. More:

How the Elevated Train and the Streetcar Both Began In Greenwich Village - Village Preservation Greenwich Village is known as the birthplace of many things – the modern gay rights movement, Off-Broadway theater, the New York School of artists and poets, the “new urbanism” pioneered by Jane…

Visibility and Community: LGBTQ+ History in Greenwich Village Bars and Restaurants - Village Preservation 06/15/2024

In addition to the landmarked Stonewall Inn and Julius’ Bar, other bars and restaurants in the played significant roles in fostering LGBTQ+ community and visibility, including Stewart’s Cafeteria and Life Cafeteria, Uncle Charlie’s, and Rubyfruit. Read more about these eating and drinking establishments:

Visibility and Community: LGBTQ+ History in Greenwich Village Bars and Restaurants - Village Preservation Every June, New Yorkers and people from around the world gather in our city to celebrate Pride Month and honor the memory of the Stonewall Riots, three nights in 1969 that helped launch the modern…

Garden Party at the New York Marble Cemetery - Village Preservation 06/14/2024

Join us at the New York Marble Cemetery next Thursday to celebrate summer in one of NYC's hidden reassures. Treat your senses to the beauty, colors, and scents of the garden’s tranquil natural setting. Resplendent with glorious blooms this venue provides the perfect setting to enjoy wine, cheese, and live music by Bobby Lynn. The party is 6-8 pm and tickets are $25 or 5 for $100. More Info and purchase tickets:

Garden Party at the New York Marble Cemetery - Village Preservation Join the Village Preservation's Brokers Partnership for a garden party in one of the East Village’s hidden treasures: the New York Marble Cemetery. Treat your senses to the beauty, colors…

The Women’s House of Detention: A Turning Point in Greenwich Village - Village Preservation 06/13/2024

On this day in 1971, the Women's House of Detention was finally closed. The decades-long debate over its fate threatened the Victorian jewelry box of a building that is the Jefferson Market Courthouse, today's library. Read more about the end of the notorious prison and how it spurred on the historic preservation movement that helped save the Jefferson Market Library building.

The Women’s House of Detention: A Turning Point in Greenwich Village - Village Preservation The Women's House of Detention, which once stood where we can now enjoy the beautiful Jefferson Market Garden, was more than just a prison. Opened in 1932, the Art Deco-style building was a prominent…

Village Preservation 2024 Annual Meeting and Village Awards 06/13/2024

We just posted our Flickr album from last night’s amazing Annual Meeting and Village Awards! Thanks so much to everyone who attended and took part in the fun. Special shouts to The Cooper Union, Bus Stop Cafe, Penny Arcade, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Washington Square Park Conservancy, Sixth Street Community Center, Trash and Vaudeville, Veselka :: Beceлкa, and Barbara Kahn:

Village Preservation 2024 Annual Meeting and Village Awards Explore this photo album by Village Preservation (Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation) on Flickr!

A Troubling Look Inside of the Women’s House of Detention - Village Preservation 06/13/2024

On this day in 1971, the notorious Women’s House of Detention on Greenwich Avenue and 10th Street officially closes its doors. It was demolished three years later, replaced with today’s Jefferson Market Garden. We take a look back at the much/maligned building’s history through a contemporary lens of community activism at the time:

A Troubling Look Inside of the Women’s House of Detention - Village Preservation This is one of a series of blog posts which highlights the fascinating contents in our Village Independent Democrats collection, added to our Preservation History Archive in early 2024. The Women'

Where Art History Was Made on West 13th Street - Village Preservation 06/12/2024

We've recently uncovered a list of artists who in the mid-20th century had studios in a particularly architecturally compelling building in the area South of Union Square. Among them were the renowned Abstract Expressionist painters Abraham Rattner and Valclav Vytlacil. Read more about our artists' research in this building and the surrounding neighborhood:

Where Art History Was Made on West 13th Street - Village Preservation Village Preservation has been diligently documenting the rich history of visual artists who lived and worked within our proposed South of Union Square Historic District. Many of the globally…

Smokestacks Along the Hudson: The Gansevoort Destructor Plant - Village Preservation 06/11/2024

The Gansevoort Destructor Plant was a looming fixture on the Hudson River waterfront for decades. Today, a brand new park stands in its place. Learn more about the history of waste incinerators and urban renewal in Greenwich Village:

Smokestacks Along the Hudson: The Gansevoort Destructor Plant - Village Preservation Once burning New York City’s refuse delivered to the Gansevoort Peninsula, the Gansevoort Destructor Plant was a looming fixture of the skyline along the Hudson River. John T.

Photos from Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation's post 06/11/2024

It’s tomorrow night! Don’t miss out on the “Oscars of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.” Register now to guarantee your spot for this free public community celebration — Village Preservation’s Annual Meeting & Village Awards. We’ll be honoring six amazing and inspiring small businesses, community organization, artists and activists, and looking back on a year of hard work and accomplishment. And it’s all in the historic Great Hall at The Cooper Union with a receptions catered by Veselka :: Beceлкa. RSVP now, and see you at 6pm on Wednesday, June 12th: https://www.villagepreservation.org/events/annual-meeting-and-village-awards/

Cc: Washington Square Park Conservancy Sixth Street Community Center The Bus Stop Cafe Trash and Vaudeville Penny Arcade

The Village Awards — A Tradition Since 1991! - Village Preservation 06/10/2024

in 1991 we held our FIRST annual Village Awards, honoring Anglers & Writers Café; Paul Egita; First Presbyterian Church Restoration; Jefferson Market Garden; Mercer-Houston Dog Run; Florent Morellet and Restaurant Florent; and Three Lives Bookstore. Since then we have recognized over 230 amazing Village people, organizations, businesses, and restorations and somehow we NEVER RUN OUT of amazing new awardees each year! Join us this Wednesday to honor the class of 2024 at the "Oscars of The Village." Read more:

The Village Awards — A Tradition Since 1991! - Village Preservation Each year Village Preservation proudly honors about six remarkable people, organizations, businesses, and restorations at Village Preservation’s Annual Meeting and Village Awards. We’ve been doing so…

Cole Porter: A Prolific Musical Career Launched in Greenwich Village - Village Preservation 06/09/2024

Happy birthday, Cole Porter, born this day in 1891! The celebrated songsmith led a colorful life which brought him to Greenwich Village on more than one occasion; in fact, the neighborhood played a formative role in his life and career. We take a look back:

Cole Porter: A Prolific Musical Career Launched in Greenwich Village - Village Preservation Cole Porter was a paradox; a musical genius who truly defined a time in musical history, he was at once a privileged sybarite and a bohemian provocateur all at the same time. Porter also lived a…

Seeing Wright in the Village - Village Preservation 06/08/2024

Happy birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright, born this day in 1867. The arguably premiere American architects imprint can be seen all over our neighborhoods, if you know where to look for it. We do:

Seeing Wright in the Village - Village Preservation Frank Lloyd Wright’s (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) contributions to American architecture are wide and varied; his low slung Prairie style homes that irrevocably changed American residential design…

Exploring LGBTQ+ History in NoHo - Village Preservation 06/07/2024

As we celebrate Pride Month, we explore 647 Broadway, a NoHo building which played an enormously important role in LGBTQ+ history, with two very different establishments, more than a century apart:

Exploring LGBTQ+ History in NoHo - Village Preservation One of the many benefits of preserving buildings is it provides access and connection to the valuable pieces of human history connected to them. A prime example of this is 647 Broadway…

Village Preservation’s Analysis Debunking City’s Claims on Causes of Unaffordability Now Available As Report - Village Preservation 06/07/2024

We’re making it even easier for you to access and share our study debunking the city’s and state’s claims behind their pushes to allow bigger and denser unaffordable housing development everywhere:

Village Preservation’s Analysis Debunking City’s Claims on Causes of Unaffordability Now Available As Report - Village Preservation The release of our analysis debunking the city and state’s claims underlying their plans for bigger and denser market-rate housing developments certainly attracted lots of attention and interest. We’…

Local Landmark: Church of the Immaculate Conception and Clergy House, 406-412 East 14th Street - Village Preservation 06/07/2024

On this day in 1966, the Churcu of the Immaculate Conception at 406-12 East 14th Street, a stunningly beautiful structure with an incredibly rich history, is landmarked. Find out more about this local landmark’s 130-year history, and why it was one of the very first buildings in the city to be landmarked:

Local Landmark: Church of the Immaculate Conception and Clergy House, 406-412 East 14th Street - Village Preservation One of the East Village's earliest designated but perhaps least well known landmarks, is the Church of the Immaculate Conception and Clergy House, located at 406–412 East 14th Street between First…

2024 Village Award Winner: Sixth Street Community Center - Village Preservation 06/06/2024

Since 1978, the Sixth Street Community Center has been a prolific proponent of environmental justice and community self-empowerment, serving residents of the East Village and Lower East Side. Learn more about this 2024 Village Award winner and join us to celebrate them and our other awardees on June 12th:

2024 Village Award Winner: Sixth Street Community Center - Village Preservation Village Preservation is very proud to honor the Sixth Street Community Center as a 2024 Village Awardee! Join us in recognizing Sixth Street and five other remarkable awardees at Village Preservation’…

Exploring the New York City Backdrops of S*x and the City - Village Preservation 06/06/2024

On this day in 1998, “S*x and the City” premieres on HBO. The adult-themed comic romp transformed not only television but New York City — for better or worse. We look back at some of our neighborhood locales that had a starring role:

Exploring the New York City Backdrops of S*x and the City - Village Preservation S*x and the City, the wildly successful TV series that captivated audiences with its fashionable characters and hooky storylines, showcased many New York City locations with its fairy tale version of…

New Historic Images from Landmarks Applications - Village Preservation 06/05/2024

We’ve added some wonderful new images to our historic image archive, culled from recent applications to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for proposed changes to landmarked buildings in our area. Ranging from the mid-19th to the late 20th centuries, the more than 100 images show beloved landmarks like the Cherry Lane Theatre and Grove Court; the Meatpacking District’s Triangle Building; the East Village’s Marble Collegiate Church; and streets and buildings from throughout the West Village and NoHo:

New Historic Images from Landmarks Applications - Village Preservation We’ve added some wonderful new images to our historic image archive, culled from recent applications to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for proposed changes to landmarked buildings in our area.

Bill Preempting Landmarks Protections for Historic Religious Sites Comes Down to the Wire - Village Preservation 06/05/2024

Will the state legislature pass a bill nullifying landmark and zoning protections for historic religious properties? Find out more and tell state legislators to say no to this wrong-headed legislation in the final hours of session, which ends tomorrow:

Bill Preempting Landmarks Protections for Historic Religious Sites Comes Down to the Wire - Village Preservation As we’ve reported, in response to pushback by Village Preservation and others, there’s been some progress on the so-called “Faith-Based Affordable Housing Act,” a bill in Albany that in its original…

Washington Square Park Family Tour (12 P.M. Tour) - Village Preservation 06/05/2024

We’ve got a great neighborhood history tour/program for families and children this Saturday you won’t want to miss! Click the link below for more info and to register for the noon tour, or go to https://www.villagepreservation.org/event/washington-square-park-family-tour-11-a-m-tour/ for the 11am tour.

Washington Square Park Family Tour (12 P.M. Tour) - Village Preservation Travel back in time as you join Village Preservation in Washington Square Park for a guided walking tour filled with activities for the whole family. Learn about the original inhabitants of the land…

LGBTQ+ History in the Image Archive: Utilizing the New Tag Feature - Village Preservation 06/04/2024

Village Preservation's new image tag feature lets you view all of the nearly 5,000 images in our historic image archive by category, making it easier than ever to explore all the archive has to offer. In honor of Pride Month, we've illustrated this fun and useful feature, using the "LGBTQ+" tag. Take a look:

LGBTQ+ History in the Image Archive: Utilizing the New Tag Feature - Village Preservation A new and exciting feature of Village Preservation’s sizable Historic Image Archive is the ability to filter images by category, or “tag.” We have painstakingly tagged every single one of our nearly 5…

06/04/2024

The latest issue of Village Preservation’s bi-annual newsletter is available. Get all the latest on Village Preservation’s advocacy campaigns, programs, and educational resources.

The newsletter is a great way to share information about important issues facing our neighborhood and an organization committed to fighting to protect it. Please share the electronic version of the newsletter with friends, family, and neighbors. And if you’d like to have printed copies of the newsletter delivered to your local building, business, or institution for distribution or to be left out for picking up, just email us at [email protected].

Access it athttps://media.villagepreservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/29144644/Village-Preservation-News-SUMMER-2024-WEB.pdf

Business of the Month: David’s Show and Watch Repair, 460 Hudson Street - Village Preservation 06/03/2024

Swing by our June, 2024 Business of the Month David's Shoe & Watch Repair (460 Hudson Street, at Barrow Street), a beloved 40+ year old throwback business struggling to stay in the neighborhood. Learn more here:

Business of the Month: David’s Show and Watch Repair, 460 Hudson Street - Village Preservation Your input is needed! Today we feature our latest Business of the Month — help us to select the next. Tell us which independent store you love in Greenwich Village, the East Village, or NoHo: click…

She Shot Andy Warhol - Village Preservation 06/03/2024

On this day in 1968, Valerie Solanas shoots Andy Warhol. In a turbulent decade filled with riots, assassinations, and assassination attempts, this one struck close to home, with the two protagonists local figures deeply embedded in the culture and life of our neighborhoods. More:

She Shot Andy Warhol - Village Preservation The 1960's was a turbulent decade marked by numerous notable murders, assassinations, and attempted assassinations (some of which, like the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination…

Plaque Honoring Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and the Beats Unveiled - Village Preservation 06/03/2024

Happy birthday to Allen Ginsburg, born this day in 1926. A year and a half ago we unveiled a plaque honoring him and William S. Burroughs on their former East Village home. We take a look back:

Plaque Honoring Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and the Beats Unveiled - Village Preservation Last week, Village Preservation unveiled our 21st historic plaque marking the former home of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs at 206 East 7th Street (Avenues B and C), where they both lived…

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Village Preservation (The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation) was founded in 1980 to preserve the architectural heritage and cultural history of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. Village Preservation is a leader in protecting the sense of place and human scale that define the Village’s unique community.

Our programs include: Educational outreach in the form of public lectures, tours, exhibitions, and publications; a school program that teaches children about Greenwich Village history and architecture; leadership on expanding landmark and zoning protections in our neighborhoods and fighting inappropriate development; preservation projects that promote an understanding of the Village's historic importance, such as the Greenwich Village Preservation Archive, our oral History Project, and our Historic Plaques Program; small business promotion, through our business of the month program; recognition of the community leaders, institutions, businesses, and additions to our streetscapes which add to the special quality of our neighborhoods through our Annual Village Awards; and our Continuing Education program, which teaches real estate professionals about the value of historic preservation.

Village Preservation has successfully advocated for the landmark designation of more than 1,250 buildings in our neighborhoods and has helped secure zoning protections for nearly 100 blocks. Each day Village Preservation monitors more than 6,500 building lots in our neighborhood for demolition, alteration, or new construction permits, so the organization can notify the public and respond if necessary. And each day Village Preservation also monitors the more than 3,000 landmarked properties in our neighborhood for applications for changes which must go through a public review and approval process, to also notify the public and respond as needed. GVSHP also reports and advocates for appropriate resolution of landmarks and zoning violations in our neighborhood, to help protect the special built environment and character.

Each year on the first Sunday in May, Village Preservation holds an Annual Village House Tour and reception, both to raise funds to support our work and to highlight and celebrate the incredible irreplaceable architecture of our neighborhoods.

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Our Executive Director Andrew Berman recently paid a return visit to Alec Baldwin’s podcast Here's The Thing to catch up...
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