The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
 
   
31 March 2011

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Rally to Save the South Village Sunday, April 10

NYU’s Landmarks Application for Changes to Silver Towers

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Rally to Save the South Village Sunday, April 10 at 1pm

GVSHP and a broad array of community and preservation groups will be holding a rally and press conference on Sunday, April 10 at 1pm near the Children’s Aid Society, Sullivan Street between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets, to call upon the City to landmark the remaining two-thirds of the proposed South Village Historic District as soon as possible.  PLEASE COME, and bring signs, friends and neighbors! A flyer with details which you can distribute is HERE. If your group would like to co-sponsor, please respond to this e-mail, and please spread the word!

GVSHP has just learned that yet another building in the proposed South Village Historic District, 83 Thompson/182 Spring Street is slated for demolition and new development. The Children’s Aid Society has also begun to solicit bids for its multi-building site on Sullivan Street touting the unused development rights which would allow a MUCH larger, taller structure on the site. GVSHP has recently written to the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission urging them to move ahead right away with promised consideration of landmark designation of this vulnerable, historic area right away (read the letter HERE).

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NYU Landmark Application for Changes to Silver Towers


After
dropping plans for adding a 400 ft tall tower, NYU has proposed some new changes to the landmarked Silver Towers complex as part of their twenty-year expansion plan. While some of the changes are relatively modest and benign, such as restoring some original outdoor lighting, others have more far-reaching implications.

NYU is seeking landmarks approval to build a dog run and playground within the landmarked Silver Towers complex a few yards behind the Picasso ‘Sylvette’ sculpture; they are doing this because they are seeking to take possession of the public land upon which a dog run and playground are currently found on Mercer Street in order to accommodate a massive, nearly 1 million sq. ft. new building they plan for the site of the adjacent Coles Gym. GVSHP opposes NYU’s plan to take the public land which would eliminate the dog run and playground where they are currently located, but also opposes making changes to the landmarked Silver Towers design to accommodate NYU's plans because they would violate the integrity of the complex's modernist design (see details of the proposal HERE).

GVSHP was able to secure landmark status for Silver Towers in 2008. NYU’s application will be heard by the Landmarks Preservation Commission next Tuesday, April 5.
 
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Have you checked out GVSHP’s new blog, ‘Off the Grid?’ Don’t miss the wealth of historic information, current events, and unique perspectives about Greenwich Village, the East Village and NoHo. Just go to www.gvshp.org/blog.

Concerned about how real estate pressure is squeezing small theaters out of our neighborhoods? Tune in to WBAI at 99.5 FM or wbai.org this Sunday, April 3 from 11am to noon to hear from GVSHP and experts in the field of New York City theater to hear what’s happening and what can be done.



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