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April 15, 2016


Julius’ Sip In 50th Anniversary Approaches

Business of the Month: The Silversmith, 184 ¾ West 4th Street

Blog Updates – Louis Sullivan, Max Ernst, and more!

Julius’ Sip In 50th Anniversary Approaches   

This coming Thursday will be the 50th anniversary of the “Sip In” at Julius’ Bar, the groundbreaking civil disobedience for LGBT rights.  On April 21, 1966, three gay activists challenged state regulations which made it possible to close down bars simply for serving gay people, three years before the Stonewall Riots.  In 2012 GVSHP got Julius’ Bar determined eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places based upon this groundbreaking civil rights history, and now we are seeking landmark designation for the site as well. Julius' building dates to 1826 and has been a bar since 1864, making it one of the oldest bars in New York City.

Julius’ is also known to be New York’s and one of the country’s oldest gay bars have written in support of the landmarking proposal, urging the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to move ahead; so far, they have not agreed to do so. In honor of this historic anniversary, a limited number of high-quality prints of the iconic image of this great moment in civil rights history are available for sale thanks to the incredible generosity of the Fred W. McDarrah Estate, with proceeds supporting GVSHP.


Business of the Month:  The Silversmith, 184 ¾ West 4th Street      
Today we feature our latest Business of the Month — and we need your help selecting the next. Tell us which independent store you love in Greenwich Village, the East Village or NoHo: just click here to vote for your favorite.  Want to help support small businesses?  Share this post with friends.

All images via Sai Mokhtari/Gothamist.

Not many shops survive to ring in their golden anniversary, much less past it.  But The Silversmith on West 4th Street has been open over 50 years. Proprietor Ruth Kuzub has been working there since 1960, later opening her own shop in the creative crevice wedged between two  buildings.

You might walk right by this unique stall-like   shop if you didn’t know it was there, but her small display of broaches, rings, necklaces and amulets help draw the careful observer in. 
 Ms. Kuzub used to make every piece of jewelry she sold there, but after she broke both her wrists she has instead been selecting finely crafted items from across the world to stock.  She now carries amber from the Baltic states and Native American-made turquoise pieces, and other select items.

Read more about The Silversmith

With GVSHP's "Business of the Month" program, each month a local, independent business is featured on GVSHP's website, blog and social media, to showcase one of our neighborhoods' great and unique commercial treasures.  We hope it will increase support and patronage, aiding our local small businesses' health and viability.  We're asking you, the public, to nominate your favorite businesses for consideration for our "Business of the Month." To nominate a business just fill in this brief form.  See our past Businesses of the Month here.

Blog Updates – Louis Sullivan, Max Ernst, and more! 

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