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  January 3, 2017

IN THIS ISSUE

New GVSHP Civil Rights and Social Justice Map

New GVSHP Report - New Buildings Approved within the Greenwich Village Historic District

Sullivan-Thompson Historic District Designation Report Now Available

New GVSHP Civil Rights and Social Justice Map

From GVSHP’s new Civil Rights and Social Justice Map.

Civil rights and social justice are prominent in our minds as we begin 2017.  And few places in America have made more significant contributions to civil rights and social justice struggles for African-Americans, Women, Latinos, Immigrants, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people than the Village, East Village, and NoHo. Now more than ever, it’s important to remember and pay tribute to that history and to the lessons learned from it.

So GVSHP is kicking off 2017 by creating a new Civil Rights and Social Justice Map of the Village, East Village, and NoHo – view it
here. You’ll find well-known landmarks like the Stonewall Inn and Judson Memorial Church, locations key to the founding of the ACLU and the Young Lords, and the places where Lorraine Hansberry wrote and Bella Abzug lived. Learn the former sites of some of our city’s first African-American and abolitionist churches, as well as where the NAACP’s iconic “A Man Was Lynched Yesterday” flag flew. Find out where Billie Holiday first sang the anti-lynching anthem ‘Strange Fruit,’ where birth control began, and the spots key to the abolitionist journeys of both Abraham Lincoln and John Brown, among many others.

With nearly a hundred locations, the map just skims the rich surface of civil rights and social justice history in our neighborhoods. Know another site that should be included? Just email it and all information, along with sources, to info@gvshp.org – the map will be updated regularly.

New GVSHP Report - New Buildings Approved Within the Greenwich Village Historic District

As we just added another new historic district with nearly 160 buildings, more and more of our neighborhoods are coming under the regulation of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). While landmark designation helps maintain continuity and preserve historic buildings, it does not mean change halts. Nor does it mean that no new buildings can be built, though any new building must be approved by the LPC, and should only be approved if determined  “appropriate” for that historic district.

The ever-increasing number of applications for approvals for new buildings in our designated historic districts calls out for a comprehensive look at what new buildings the LPC has approved – the good, the bad, and everything in between.
Believe it or not, no city agency keeps a comprehensive record of new buildings approved in designated historic (landmark) districts.

To help address this, GVSHP has put together a report cataloguing new buildings approved for construction within the Greenwich Village Historic District since its designation in 1969 – view it here. You’ll find everything from tiny structures and modest rowhouses to large institutional and apartment buildings.  You’ll see thoughtful and sensitive designs that have become modern classics, and head-scratchers that will make you wonder what the Commission was thinking.  You’ll discover buildings that were never built, not yet built, under construction, and even since demolished. In any case, it’s important to arm ourselves with this information to inform our advocacy around the next proposal for a new building in our historic districts. We hope you’ll find this a valuable resource.

Is there a building we’ve missed?  E-mail us at info@gvshp.org; we hope to continually update the report.  Want to check out more reports by GVSHP?  Read more here.

Sullivan-Thompson Historic District Designation Report Now Available

GVSHP was extremely proud to secure landmark designation of the Sullivan Thompson Historic District in December – a ten-block, 157-building district which is the third and final phase of GVSHP’s proposed South Village Historic District. Now the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission has produced its designation report for the district, which outlines its rich history and architecture, as well as identifying those features and buildings within the district deemed significant. The report tells us what about the district is to be preserved and what may be allowed to change – read it here.

It’s a fascinating read.
Learn about how our latest historic district was almost wiped off the map twice after World War II, first as part of an urban renewal plan, and then to make way for the Lower Manhattan Expressway. You can also learn how the land comprising the district was once given to free African-Americans in the 17th century, only to then be taken away. Read how the district was the center of African-American life in New York and the city’s “Black and Tan” (mixed race) establishments in the late 19th century, before Italian-American immigrants came to dominate the district, making it one of the most densely populated areas in all of New York.

Want to learn more? The Sullivan-Thompson Historic District designation report is based in significant part upon GVSHP’s three reports: South Village Historic District Designation Proposal (2006), The Italians of the South Village (2007), and the South Village State and National Registers of Historic Places Nomination (2013).

With this designation, GVSHP has helped secure landmark designation of over 1,250 buildings in our neighborhood, including more than ten historic districts and extensions, and dozens of individual landmarks. The landmark designation reports of every one of these is available on our website here.


 

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