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January 25, 2016


Desperate Developers Push Poll, Empty Buildings in Gansevoort

Latest Issue of GVSHP’s Newsletter ‘The Anthemion’ Available

Business of the Month:  Matt Umanov Guitars

In Brief


Desperate Developers Push Poll, Empty Buildings in Gansevoort

Nearly three months ago, hundreds of neighbors showed up to a Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearing to oppose a plan demolish and build atop 1 and 2-story market buildings in the Gansevoort Market Historic District, replacing them with office buildings of up to 120 feet in height.  The Commission has taken no action on the proposal. 

But now, in an apparent sign of desperation, the owners and developers have embarked upon a two-pronged strategy: empty the buildings of tenants and allow them to lay fallow, and conduct a “push poll” disguised as a survey by an independent party, designed to convince neighbors that they must choose between a massive overdevelopment proposal (which the push poll calls “restoration”), and allowing the buildings to remain dilapidated. 

Many GVSHP members were outraged to receive this deceptive and misleading “survey,” transparently designed to try to convey false information and choices about the project.  Read more in this week’s The Villager newspaper.

No matter how they try to dress it up, this is a deeply unpopular proposal which would destroy the last remaining intact blockfront of historic market buildings in the Meatpacking District.  This proposal runs completely counter to the reason why GVSHP successfully proposed and so many fought for landmark designation of this area in 2003.


Latest Issue of GVSHP’s Newsletter ‘The Anthemion’ Available

The winter 2016 issue of GVSHP’s newsletter is now available on-line here
. Find out about the latest news, events, preservation battles and victories in the Village, East Village, and NoHo, and how you can help.  Share it with friends and neighbors whom you want to get more involved in protecting their neighborhood.
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Business of the Month: Matt Umanov Guitars

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.

Greenwich Village and music are a pairing that seems to have existed for as long as the neighborhood has been around, yet where does one here go about finding an instrument? If you’re looking to follow in the footsteps of Bob Dylan or Lou Reed, then look no further than Matt Umanov Guitars

Matt Umanov has been in the guitar business since 1965, starting out performing independent repairs and restorations before opening his repair and sale shop on Bleecker Street in 1969.  Matt’s shop has since remained a defining presence of the village, and his reputation and the reputation of the shop has only grown.  Matt is considered one of the best if not the best guitar repairer and restorer in the city, and he is known to carry only the finest guitars, banjos, and other quality American bred instruments.

Other than the occasional famous musician who will walk into his store, Matt really strives to have a very straightforward business with no big surprises for his clients and customers:

“What we’re known for is having high quality stuff, only really nice instruments, not necessarily only expensive ones, everything here regardless of price range has to meet my criteria for how well it’s made.  No junk, only good stuff.  We have a wonderful staff, they’re all knowledgeable, polite, and helpful, it’s what we’re known for.  That and we still do the repairs and restorations, we have been known for doing the very best guitar repairs and stuff in New York since the 1960’s, but it’s not exactly a surprise.”

GVSHP was able to talk with Matt and learn more about his business and how it established such a strong foundation within the neighborhood.  Matt has also participated in our new oral history project, offering his own insight and anecdotes when discussing the South Village

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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

In Brief

  • Some recent good news on the decreased proliferation of chain stores in our area read more here.

  • For nearly two decades, GVSHP has been issuing reports about historic preservation, neighborhood history, NYU expansion, and a rich array of other topicstake a look here.

  • GVSHP’s 18th Annual Spring Benefit House Tour and Reception, Sunday May 1, 2016 more information and tickets available here.

  • In an effort to support the broader preservation community in NYC, we are asking our members to consider taking a short survey designed by the Neighborhood Preservation Center (NPC) to help with its strategic planning. Please take a moment to fill out the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/88SBTVG.

    The NPC has a 15-year legacy of supporting the development of nonprofit organizations that work to better local communities; it's also been GVSHP's home for the past 15 years. Located in the East Village, NPC offers meeting and office spaces, public programming, and a variety of resources to bolster neighborhood preservation and related efforts. Whether you have used the NPC or not, your input is greatly appreciated.  Three randomly selected respondents who complete the survey will receive a $100 Kiehl’s gift card. Thank you for your participation!


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