Recent out-of-scale hotel development plans in the Far West Village, South
Village, and Hudson Square highlight the need for rezonings GVSHP has
been pushing for (click map to enlarge)


Preservation Alert
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
October 29, 2008
www.gvshp.org

Urgent Need for Rezoning in the Far West Village, South Village, and Hudson Square: Over the last three years, GVSHP has called upon the City to rezone several areas in the Far West Village, South Village and Hudson Square to prevent out-of-scale development.  We were spurred by the Trump SoHo 'Condo-Hotel,' oversized proposed new buildings at Washington and Perry Streets and Washington and Charles Streets, and a desire to preserve the scale of the South Village.  Thus far however the City has resisted changing the zoning of these areas to protect neighborhood character, although this summer they approved a developer-requested rezoning of a nearby area.

The call for rezoning has now become more urgent with the recent announcement of plans for a 36-story hotel at 68-74 Charlton Street, and with GVSHP's recent discovery of plans for an 18-story hotel at 76 Sullivan Street/160 Sixth Avenue.  In the two years since GVSHP first called for a rezoning of the area around the Trump SoHo, more than a half-dozen out-of-scale buildings have gone up or are underway.  For a map of some of the planned new developments and the areas GVSHP has urged be rezoned, CLICK HERE.

GVSHP has written to the City Planning Commission reiterating the urgent call to rezone these areas, citing these new threats to neighborhood character. 

HOW TO HELP:   
To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, go to www.gvshp.org/membership.htm

PRESERVATION ALERT
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 
April 25, 2008
www.gvshp.org

PTOWN
The historic Provincetown Playhouse and Apartments, 133-139 MacDougal Street
 
Dear friend,
 
This week NYU unveiled the latest phase of their 'NYU 2031' Plan, which include plans to demolish the historic Provincetown Playhouse and Apartments at 133-139 MacDougal Street.  GVSHP was swift to call upon the university to drop this proposal; NYU's plans and GVSHP's responses were covered by AM NY, the VillagerCrains NYCity Realtythe NY Sun, Backstage, and the Backstage Blog .
 
Provincetown Playhouse:  The Provincetown Playhouse is one of the most important sites in the history of 20th century American theater -- a launching pad for works of Eugene O'Neill, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edward Albee, John Guare, Sam Shepherd, Charles Busch, and David Mamet, among others.  The apartments over the theater have housed many well-known artists over the years who wished to be near this center of cultural vitality.  When NYU bought the building and then renovated it, they touted the Playhouse's rich history and their honor in owning and re-opening it.   Additionally, NYU recently agreed to a set of "planning principles" with Borough President Stringer's NYU Community Task Force (of which GVSHP is a member) which says that university should "prioritize...re-use before redevelopment" in their planning.   The Provincetown Playhouse is a key historic site within the proposed South Village Historic District, which NYU promised to support; demolition of a historic lynchpin in the proposed district like the Playhouse will damage the chances of landmarking the entire area moving ahead.
 
GVSHP wrote NYU President John Sexton strongly urging the university to rethink this plan, and wrote to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission urging them to move ahead swiftly with the proposed designation of the South Village Historic District section containing the Provincetown Playhouse to save this historic building. 
 
'NYU 2031' Long-Range Plans:  The latest stage of NYU's long-term planning process showed greater transparency and engagement with the public than in the past, but also showed some very disconcerting concepts.  NYU continues to project adding as much as 3.6 million square feet of new space in and around its 'campus core' over the next 23 years.  Analysis by GVSHP of NYU's growth (which was distributed to attendees at Wednesday's NYU Open House) shows that 3.6 million sq. ft. is the equivalent of all new NYU buildings built in the area over the last 42 years, or the equivalent of 20 more of their highly controversial new 26-story dorms on East 12th StreetThis shows that NYU's projected growth in our neighborhoods in their 2031 plan is actually considerably accelerated over their past growth, which belies the impression the university has given
 
The 2031 plans also showed that NYU is no longer considering Long Island City as potential location for satellite or remote facilities, and that the university has narrowed such options to Governor's Island, the East Side Medical Corridor, and Downtown Brooklyn -- a development we find very disappointing.  At the same time, NYU is contemplating large-scale developments in and around their 'campus core,' in spite of commitments to "prioritize identifying opportunities to decentralize facilities" as part of the planning principles.  GVSHP continues to push hard to get NYU to look for satellite locations if they need to grow, and to remain within their existing footprint and envelope in the Village.
 
HOW TO HELP:
 
Andrew Berman, Executive Director
Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
212/475-9585 x38
232 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
    
To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, go to www.gvshp.org/membership.htm

PRESERVATION UPDATE
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 
March 12, 2008
www.gvshp.org

A little over a year ago, GVSHP submitted a proposal to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for designation of a South Village Historic District; this proposal culminated more than four years of research and community outreach.  In December, we held a Town Hall attended by over 200 people in support of the proposed designation. GVSHP has received across-the-board support for the proposal from local elected officials, community groups, historic preservation organizations, and Italian-American organiztions.
 
Now the Landmarks Preservation Commission has informed GVSHP that they will begin considering the South Village Historic District proposal by surveying the proposed district west of 6th Avenue for potential designation.  This is a critically important first step, and considering that the proposal was submitted only a little over a year ago, it is actually a very speedy response for the LPC.  However, since the area is facing so much immediate pressure, and because the LPC has not yet made a commitment regarding the area east of 6th Avenue, GVSHP wrote to the LPC urging them to move ahead with the promised survey as quickly as possible and to begin work on the remainder of the proposed district as soon as possible as well.  Special thanks go to State Senator Tom Duane, who also wrote to the LPC with a similar request.
 
HOW YOU CAN HELP:

To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, go to www.gvshp.org/membership.htm.  


PRESERVATION UPDATE
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 
December 17, 2007
www.gvshp.org

New York Magazine reported on the effort spearheaded by GVSHP to seek landmark designation for the South Village, and our successful Town Hall meeting last week attended by over 200 people -- see http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2007/12/trying_to_save_part_of_edward.html.  The article specifically focuses on 233-237 Bleecker Street, a rare surviving early-19th century wooden coachman's house which research indicates may have been the inspiration for Edward Hopper's iconic painting "Early Sunday Morning" (for more information see http://www.gvshp.org/documents/Bleeckerlandmarking.pdf).  For more information on the South Village landmarking effort see below, and to help by writing a letter in support to the City, see www.gvshp.org/southvillagesupportlet.htm.

To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, go to www.gvshp.org/membership.htm.  


 

PRESERVATION ALERT
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 
November 19, 2007
www.gvshp.org

SOUTH VILLAGE UPDATE
Preservationist Support Grows
Dalton Withdraws from Controversial 159 Bleecker ‘Dorm’
Reminder – Town Hall Dec. 10

South Village Preservation Update:  Momentum continues to grow in our efforts to preserve the South Village.  Last week the New York Landmarks Conservancy wrote to Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Robert Tierney about our proposal for designating the South Village a historic district, urging him to “act on the proposal soon,” and calling the South Village “one of New York City’s great historic neighborhoods…steeped in a rich heritage of cultural history” (see www.gvshp.org/documents/SVdistrictsupportltrs.pdf#page=8).  The proposals has extensive and growing support from elected officials, historic preservation organizations, and local community groups, business leaders, and institutions (see www.gvshp.org/documents/SVdistrictsupportltrs.pdf), but danger to the area is also growing, and we need the City to act on our landmarking proposal.

Toward that end, GVSHP will be holding a Town Hall meeting on landmarking the South Village on Monday, December 10th, which will be a critical opportunity to rally support for the preservation effort and push ahead with this campaign.  The Town Hall is co-sponsored by Community Board #2.

Finally, GVSHP has been monitoring, and urging the City take action against, a development at 159 Bleecker Street which we believed violated zoning regulations by, among other things, not containing the “community facility” for which it got a zoning bulk bonus (i.e. got to be bigger than normally allowed).  It appears our contentions had merit, as the Dalton School, which the developer had previously claimed was operating a “student dormitory” on site to satisfy the “community facility” requirement (even though Dalton is a day school not known to house students), has recently pulled out of the project.  See www.nytimes.com/2007/11/11/realestate/11Deal2.html?_r=1&ref=realestate&oref=slogin for the latest and www.gvshp.org/Circletheater.htm for background. 

HOW TO HELP:

For more information on the effort to preserve the South Village, see www.gvshp.org/southvillage.htm.

To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, go to www.gvshp.org/membership.htm.   


PRESERVATION ALERT
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 
November 9, 2007
www.gvshp.org

SOUTH VILLAGE TOWN HALL MONDAY, DECEMBER 10th
Find Out More About Progress of Landmarking Plan and How You Can Help

South Village Town Hall Dec. 10th, 6:30 P.M.:  GVSHP and our South Village Advisory Board (www.gvshp.org/SVadvisorybd.htm) will be hosting a Town Hall meeting on the effort to preserve the South Village and secure landmark status for the area.  While the proposal for landmark designation (www.gvshp.org/documents/SouthVillageDolkartReportPDF.pdf) has attracted tremendous support (www.gvshp.org/documents/SVdistrictsupportltrs.pdf), including recent letters from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilmember Tony Avella (Chair of the City Council’s Italian-American Caucus), the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission still has not taken any action to protect the area.  This in spite of an increasing number of threats to the South Village’s historic buildings (see www.gvshp.org/documents/Bleeckerlandmarking.pdf and www.gvshp.org/firepatrol.htm).  This growing number of threats, and our efforts to counter them with historic district designation, were recently covered by Metro NY newspaper – see http://ny.metro.us/metro/local/article/Looking_to_save_S_Village/10546.html

The Town Hall meeting on December 10th will be an important opportunity to learn more about the status of preservation efforts, find out how you can help and get involved, and send a strong message to the City that we need historic district designation as soon as possible.  Participation in the Town Hall will be crucial to our efforts to push the campaign to preserve the South Village forward.

HOW TO HELP:

For more information on the effort to preserve the South Village, see www.gvshp.org/southvillage.htm.

 To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, go to www.gvshp.org/membership.htm.   


PRESERVATION ALERT
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 
October 9, 2007
www.gvshp.org

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Above (left) Celebrating the South Village's Italian-American heritage in front of Our Lady of Pompeii Church; Above (right) Listening to the speakers.

ELECTED OFFICIALS, COMMUNITY & BUSINESS LEADERS, and HISTORIC PRESERVATIONISTS
HONOR THE SOUTH VILLAGE'S RICH ITALIAN HERITAGE ON COLUMBUS DAY,
CALL FOR HISTORIC DISTRICT STATUS TO PRESERVE NEIGHBORHOOD
GVSHP Releases 90-page Report, "The Italians of the South Village,"
by Mary Elizabeth Brown
  
 
South Village Columbus Day Celebration Yesterday, GVSHP was joined by South Village community, business, and religious leaders, State Senator Tom Duane, representatives of Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Borough President Scott Stringer, and scores of local residents for a press conference and Columbus Day celebration that honored the Italian-American history and heritage of the South Village, highlighted the range of social, cultural, and architectural qualities that distinguish the historic South Village, and included continuing calls for the City to landmark the South Village (see photos and press release at www.gvshp.org/pressrelease10-08-07.htm). 
 
GVSHP also announced the release of a 90-page report it commissioned by scholar Mary Elizabeth Brown of Marymount Manhattan College entitled "The Italians of the South Village," chronicling the history of this defining community in the South Village.  That report is available at www.gvshp.org/documents/SVItaliansReport.pdf, and was made possible by a grant from the J.M. Kaplan Fund.  Included in the report is a map charting sites of historic interest in the Italian South Village, which can also be viewed at www.gvshp.org/SIASVMap.htm.
 
The event received considerable media coverage, including in AM New York (see www.amny.com/services/site/am-pdf-100907,0,3865268.acrobat p.3, or www.amny.com/news/local/am-village1009,0,5649824.story), The Villager (www.thevillager.com/villager_232/friendsromansvillagers.html) and The Real Deal (www.therealdeal.net/breaking_news/2007/10/09/1191971349.php).
 
The proposal for a South Village Historic District (www.gvshp.org/documents/SouthVillageDolkartReportPDF.pdf) now has unanimous support from all city, state, congressional, and borough-wide elected officials who represent the area, as well as strong support from community leaders, neighborhood institutions and businesses, and local, state, and national preservation organizations.  Several historic buildings in the neighborhood have been lost in recent years, and several more are currently endangered or in the process of being lost.  However, historic district designation, which would save historic buildings from demolition, requires a hearing and approval by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, which has not yet acted upon this proposal.
 
HOW TO HELP: 
  • WRITE TO  MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION CHAIR TIERNEY URGING THEM TO DESIGNATE THE PROPOSED SOUTH VILLAGE HISTORIC DISTRICT -- go to www.gvshp.org/southvillagesupportlet.htm.   
To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, go to www.gvshp.org/membership.htm.   

PRESERVATION ALERT
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 
September 28, 2007
www.gvshp.org

JOIN GVSHP COLUMBUS DAY to CELEBRATE the ITALIAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE of the SOUTH VILLAGE, and to CALL FOR LANDMARK DESIGNATION OF THE AREA
     *Community leaders, preservationists, and elected officials to join in recognizing neighborhood's special architectural, cultural, and social history, and to urge granting of historic district status
  
 
South Village Columbus Day Press Conference On Monday, October 8th at 10:30 am, GVSHP and neighborhood leaders, elected officials, and Italian-American groups will gather at Father Demo Square (Bleecker and Carmine Streets at 6th Avenue) for a press conference highlighting the South Village's Italian-American heritage and other special qualities which make it worthy of landmark designation (see flyer at www.gvshp.org/documents/ColumbusDayFlyer10-07.pdf).  Please join us! 
 
Several key historic buildings in the South Village are currently in jeopardy (see www.gvshp.org/documents/Bleeckerlandmarking.pdf and www.gvshp.org/firepatrol.htm), and several more have been lost in recent years, threatening the character of this entire historic neighborhood.  In response, GVSHP has submitted a proposal for landmark designation of the South Village to the city (see www.gvshp.org/documents/SouthVillageDolkartReportPDF.pdf) which has received broad support from area elected officials, local, state, and national preservation organizations, area business and property owners, and community groups (see www.gvshp.org/documents/SVdistrictsupportltrs.pdf).  However, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, which must ultimately decide whether or not an area is designated an historic district, has not yet taken up the proposal for consideration 
 
The Columbus Day press conference will be an important opportunity to call attention to the South Village's special and historic qualities, including its Italian-American heritage which remains palpable today in its residents, its businesses, its institutions, and its architecture.
 
HOW TO HELP: 
  • COME TO THE COLUMBUS DAY SOUTH VILLAGE PRESS CONFERENCE  on Monday, October 8th at 10:30 am at Father Demo Square, Bleecker and Carmine Streets at 6th Avenue. 
  •  SPREAD THE WORD -- download the flyer at www.gvshp.org/documents/ColumbusDayFlyer10-07.pdf to post in your building or distribute to neighbors, and pass this e-mail along to friends.
  • WRITE TO THE CITY URGING THEM TO DESIGNATE THE PROPOSED SOUTH VILLAGE HISTORIC DISTRICT -- go to www.gvshp.org/southvillagesupportlet.htm.   
 
For more information on the effort to preserve the South Village, see www.gvshp.org/southvillage.htm.
 
To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, go to www.gvshp.org/membership.htm.   

 
PRESERVATION ALERT
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 
July 24, 2007
www.gvshp.org

COMMUNITY BOARD #2, MUNICIPAL ART SOCIETY ENDORSE PROPOSED SOUTH VILLAGE HISTORIC DISTRICT

Community Board #2, Municipal Art Society Endorse South Village Historic District Proposal After two public hearings attended by nearly 300 people, three committee meetings, and two full board meetings, last week Community Board #2 finally voted unanimously to strongly endorse the proposed South Village Historic District (see resolution at www.gvshp.org/documents/CB2Reso7-07.pdf).  Thank you to all who attended and spoke in support, and to all of the Community Board members who worked so hard to secure this outcome.  The Municipal Art Society, one of the city's oldest and most respected civic organizations, has also joined in giving its strong endorsement to the proposal (see www.gvshp.org/documents/SVdistrictsupportltrs.pdf) -- both add considerable weight and momentum to the already nearly unanimous show of support this proposal has encountered.

However, several historic buildings within the district are immediately endangered, and more become so every day.  We need the City to act upon this proposal as soon as possible.

HOW TO HELP: 

 


PRESERVATION ALERT
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 
July 15, 2007
www.gvshp.org

South Village Landmarking -- NYU finally comes around!

South Village:  After overwhelming public support at a second Community Board 2 Landmarks Committee hearing for the proposed South Village Historic District, the Committee voted unanimously to strongly endorse the district as proposed, as GVSHP and its allies urged. This resolution will now go to the full Community Board for a vote on Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 pm at St. Vincent's Cronin Auditorium (170 W. 12th Street) -- all are welcome to attend and speak in support of the resolution. In further positive South Village news, NYU has finally come around and is now also fully supporting the proposed South Village Historic District as submitted to the City (CLICK HERE for their new letter). NYU came under fierce criticism from GVSHP and many others in the community for initially reneging on their four-year-old commitment to support the proposed South Village Historic District, and for undermining the proposal.  Special thanks go to Borough President Scott Stringer, whose NYU Community Task Force has provided GVSHP and other groups a forum to raise issues like this and press the University on them.  We hope this will be the beginning of further progress by NYU on a host of fronts, but only time will tell.

To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, CLICK HERE.

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Preservation Alert

from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

June 1, 2007

www.gvshp.org

SECOND HEARING and VOTE on SOUTH VILLAGE LANDMARKING PLAN at COMMUNITY BOARD on WED., JUNE 6 at 6:30 pm -- please come to hearing or send letter in support 

South Village Landmarking Proposal:   Community Board #2's Landmarks Committee will hold a second hearing and vote on the proposed South Village Historic District on Wednesday, June 6th at 6:30 pm in the basement hall of Our Lady of Pompeii Church (at Bleecker and Carmine Streets, enter on Bleecker).  In spite of overwhelming support by more than 200 attendees at the last South Village hearing, the Board leadership decided not to vote on the proposal and to instead hold a second hearing.  It is critical that we get strong support from the Community Board for the proposed district, which has been endorsed by every block association and community group in the affected area, local elected officials, city, state, and national preservation groups, and Italian-American organizations (CLICK HERE for supporters). 

However, there is a movement afoot to try to call for changes to the proposed district which would ultimately weaken its chances of landmark designation.  Therefore it is critical that we have a strong turnout at the meeting calling for support for the proposed district AS IS.  Because such short notice has been given for the hearing, anyone who cannot attend can write letters to the Community Board urging them to SUPPORT the proposed South Village district and e-mail those letters to GVSHP, and we will deliver them in person to the Community Board at the hearing for you.

HOW TO HELP:

 

In other South Village news, the Historic Districts Council, which has endorsed the proposed South Village Historic District, has just added the South Village to their "Neighborhoods At Risk" watch list

CLICK HERE for more information on the effort to preserve the South Village.

To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, CLICK HERE.

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NEWS FROM

the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

May 22, 2007

www.gvshp.org

SOUTH VILLAGE PRESERVATION EFFORTS GARNER EXTENSIVE POSITIVE MEDIA COVERAGE 

South Village Preservation Efforts Garners Extensive Media Coverage:    Adding to the momentum of our efforts to preserve the South Village, in recent days stories have appeared in The NY Times, the Village Voice, and on the front page of AM New York and Our Town Downtown highlighting this neighborhood preservation campaign.

Yesterday's AM New York featured a front page article on South Village preservation efforts, including an extensive on-line 'slide show'. Today's OurTown Downtown also featured a front page article on South Village preservation efforts.  This past week's Village Voice also covered the effort, while last week's New York Times covered GVSHP's battle against a development in the South Village on the site of the former Circle in the Square Theater which we believe violates zoning and building regulations.  GVSHP had fought to save the old Circle in the Square Theater, one of the South Village's many historic theaters (CLICK HERE for more information), and has been closely monitoring this development which replaced it.  As a result of our actions, several violations have been issued for the development, and the City is continuing to conduct inspections regarding our claims of zoning violations -- stay tuned for further developments.  Thank you to Borough President Stringer's office, who facilitated our meeting with city officials to discuss our concerns about this site.

For more information on the South Village preservation effort, CLICK HERE.

HOW TO HELP:

 

To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, CLICK HERE.

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NEWS FROM

the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

May 11, 2007

www.gvshp.org

SOUTH VILLAGE DISTRICT DETERMINED ELIGIBLE FOR STATE & NATIONAL REGISTER of HISTORIC PLACES 

South Village District Eligible for State & National Register of Historic Places:   As part of our  ongoing campaign to preserve and honor the South Village, GVSHP has sought to place the proposed South Village Historic District on the State and National Register of Historic Places.  Placement on the Register affirms an area's historic, cultural, or architectural significance, offers protections against state or federal actions or use of state or federal funds which could be harmful to the district's historic character, and offers property owners grants and tax breaks for restoration or renovation of historic properties.  

As a result, GVSHP has received a determination from the State's Historic Preservation Office that the proposed South Village Historic District is eligible for listing on the State and National Register of Historic Places.  The determination cites the area's historic and architectural significance, including its immigrant history, extraordinary collection of intact tenements, and its rich traditions of cultural innovation.  With about 750 buildings, the South Village Historic District is the largest district in Manhattan to be determined eligible for the State and National Register since 2000.  

Formal listing on the register (such as was recently accomplished with the Meatpacking District) requires significant further documentation and will likely take several more years.  However, with the determination of eligibility now in hand, the  the area's historic significance has clearly been affirmed by the State Historic Preservation Office, and the protections regarding state and federal actions and use of funds are now in effect.  So, for instance, if NYU wanted to demolish historic buildings and build a new 26-story dorm in the area using State Dormitory Authority funds, they would not be able to do so without it being subjected to a review to determine if it would negatively impact the historic resources in the area.  

GVSHP's South Village Historic District proposal was funded by Preserve NY, a grant program of the NY State Council on the Arts and the Preservation League of NY State.  Research for the the report was funded by the Kaplen Foundation; City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Member Alan Gerson through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; State Senator Tom Duane and Assemblymember Deborah Glick through the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and our generous members. 

 

To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, CLICK HERE.

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PRESERVATION ALERT

from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

April 26, 2007

www.gvshp.org

 

OVERWHELMING SUPPORT EXPRESSED FOR PROPOSED SOUTH VILLAGE HISTORIC DISTRICT AT PUBLIC MEETING

Community Board Waits on Supporting Proposal

South Village landmarking proposal at Community Board 2South Village landmarking proposal at Community Board 2

Over 200 people attended the March 24th public hearing regarding GVSHP's proposal for a South Village Historic District (left).

GVSHP Executive Director Andrew Berman presents to the crowd (right).

 

HUGE  SHOW OF SUPPORT AT SOUTH VILLAGE PUBLIC MEETING:  More than 200 people turned out to the Community Board #2 public meeting Tuesday night to show support for the proposed South Village Historic District.  After a presentation by GVSHP on the proposal, the meeting was opened up to comments and questions from the public.  More than two dozen merchants, property owners, community leaders, residents, and elected officials' representatives spoke, nearly all in support of the proposed historic district.  A show of hands indicated that more than 95% of attendees supported the proposed South Village Historic District.  

The one exception was NYU.  An NYU representative spoke to express NYU's support for "a" historic district in the South Village.  However, when pressed, the representative admitted that NYU did not support the proposed district, and would not specify any buildings or boundaries which NYU did support landmarking.  In fact, she admitted, NYU only supported a "study" of the area, even though a study had been conducted by GVSHP for the past four years, and NYU had pledged to support its findings.  In fact, several speakers recounted how NYU specifically pledged to support the proposed South Village Historic District boundaries in meeting held with community leaders four years ago and how they have now broken that pledge.  CLICK HERE to see NYU's own letters to the Landmarks Preservation Commission undercutting the very South Village proposal they pledged to support, and stating how they support only a "study" of the area but no specific designations; See also stories in The Villager and NYU's own newspaper The Washington Square News about NYU withdrawing support for the proposed South Village Historic District.  

While the turnout was huge and overwhelmingly in support of the proposed South Village Historic District, the Community Board deferred on voting on the proposal, saying instead that a vote will follow an as-yet-unscheduled second hearing.  GVSHP is asking for the next hearing to be scheduled as soon as possible, and we will let the public know as soon as it has been set.   For more information on the South Village preservation effort, CLICK HERE.

 

To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, CLICK HERE.

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PRESERVATION ALERT

from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

April 20, 2007

www.gvshp.org

CRITICAL SOUTH VILLAGE HISTORIC DISTRICT HEARING

THIS TUESDAY, APRIL 24 at 6:30 pm

Stringer and Gerson Endorse Proposal

SOUTH VILLAGE HISTORIC DISTRICT HEARING THIS TUESDAY APRIL 24:  Reminder: the Community Board public hearing on the proposed South Village Historic District will be this coming Tuesday, April 24th, at 6:30 pm, at Our Lady of Pompeii Church basement hall (enter on the Bleecker Street side of the building, just north of Carmine Street).  The hearing, which is expected to last about an hour and a half, will be a critical opportunity to learn more about the proposal, express your support, and find out the next steps and how you can get involved.  GVSHP STRONGLY URGES YOU TO ATTEND THIS HEARING!  

The proposed South Village Historic District continues to gain critical support.  In the last week, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and City Council Member Alan Gerson (who represents part of the district) endorsed the proposal; they joined Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senators Tom Duane and Martin Connor, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, National, State, and local historic preservation groups, and nearly every block association and community group in the proposed district in endorsing the proposal (CLICK HERE).  This follows NYU breaking its four-year-old commitment to support the proposed district (CLICK HERE Villager article), making a strong turnout in support of the proposed designation all the more critical.  

Read the South Village Historic District proposal and report HERE; to find out the history of any building in the district, CLICK HERE; for more information on GVSHP's Historic South Village Preservation project, CLICK HERE.

 

HOW TO HELP: 

To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, CLICK HERE.

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PRESERVATION ALERT

from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

April 4, 2007

www.gvshp.org

SOUTH VILLAGE HISTORIC DISTRICT PROPOSAL CONTINUES TO GAIN MOMENTUM  * Elected Officials, Community Groups and Leaders, and Preservation Organizations Endorse Proposal

*Public Hearing by Community Board Set for April 24th   

NYU  Administration Breaks Pledge To Support Plan

SOUTH VILLAGE HISTORIC DISTRICT PROPOSAL CONTINUES TO GAIN MOMENTUM:  Following GVSHP's submission to the City of a proposal for a South Village Historic District at the end of 2006, support for the proposal continues to grow.   

Numerous elected officials, including Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senators Tom Duane and Martin Connor, and Assemblymember Deborah Glick have written to the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission urging them to designate the South Village Historic District.  National, state-wide, and citywide preservation organizations like the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Preservation League of New York State, and the Historic Districts Council have also endorsed the proposal.  And literally dozens of local community groups including Greenwich Village Block Associations, the Greenwich Village Community Task Force, the SoHo Alliance, Village Independent Democrats, the Central Village Block Association, the Thompson-Sullivan Coalition, and block associations representing Morton, Carmine, Charlton, VanDam, West Houston, West 13th, Bedford, and Downing Streets have endorsed the proposal.  CLICK HERE for support letters.   

Additionally, several additional prominent South Village community leaders, merchants, and property owners have joined GVSHP's Historic South Village Advisory Board, bringing to 40 the total number of leaders involved in the effort.  The Board was set up to help advocate for designation of the South Village Historic District.   

PUBLIC HEARING BY COMMUNITY BOARD #2 ON APRIL 24th:  At GVSHP's request, Community Board #2 will hold a public hearing on the South Village Historic District proposal on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30 pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Church basement hall (Bleecker and Carmine Streets).  PLEASE ATTEND THIS PUBLIC HEARING AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT.  The hearing will be critical not only to ensure Community Board #2's support for the proposal, but also to send a strong message to the City about the breadth of support and the need for action on the matter.  CLICK HERE for flyer.  

NYU BREAKS PLEDGE TO SUPPORT PROPOSED SOUTH VILLAGE HISTORIC DISTRICT:  GVSHP was extremely disappointed to learn recently that NYU was breaking its pledge -- made over four years ago and repeated numerous times since then -- to support designation of the proposed South Village Historic District.  GVSHP and about a half dozen community groups and individuals to whom NYU made their pledge  to support the South Village Historic District proposal wrote to NYU President Sexton to expressing their displeasure over the university reneging upon its commitment.   In spite of NYU's backing off of their commitment to the South Village Historic District, support for the proposal continues to grow.  For more information on the effort and the South Village, CLICK HERE.

HOW TO HELP: 

To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, CLICK HERE.

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PRESERVATION ALERT

from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

January 19, 2007

www.gvshp.org

GVSHP SUBMITS PROPOSAL FOR SOUTH VILLAGE HISTORIC DISTRICT,

SEEKING LANDMARK STATUS FOR UNPROTECTED NEIGHBORHOOD AND RECOGNITION OF ITS RICH CULTURAL HISTORY

*Neighborhood Advisory Board Formed

*Immediate Push Underway for Endangered Buildings

 

South Village Historic District Proposal Submitted:  At the end of December, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation submitted an 80-page report to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) proposing the designation of a South Village Historic District (CLICK HERE for more information). This 40-block area south of Washington Square Park was entirely left out of the Greenwich Village Historic District in 1969, leaving its incredible architecture and cultural history vulnerable to compromise and loss.  The South Village was long the cradle of Greenwich Village’s Italian-immigrant community, and contains perhaps the most impressive array of intact late-19th and early-20th century tenements anywhere in the world.  Its converted rowhouses, off-Broadway theaters, reform-housing, and religious, social, and charitable institutions vividly reflect its history as a working-class neighborhood from New York’s last great wave of immigration. 

The South Village was also long the scene of some of the most important counter-cultural movements, institutions, and events in our city and our country’s history, as well as having served as the center of New York’s African-American community in the mid-19th century and its gay community in the first decades of the 20th century.  While the South Village’s unconventional charm, working-class architecture, and immigrant history may not have been deemed worthy of landmark designation in 1969, we feel it’s critical that these characteristics now be recognized, honored, and preserved.  Read the remarkable report by renowned architectural historian Andrew Dolkart and commissioned by GVSHP on the history of the South Village.

GVSHP spent four years documenting the history of every one of the nearly 800 buildings in this 40-block area in order to lay the groundwork for our proposal (for a summary of the history of each building in the proposed district, CLICK HERE).  CLICK HERE for an on-line “virtual tour” of the South Village. 

GVSHP has formed an Advisory Board to help steer and support this effort, representing a broad cross-section of neighborhood leaders, merchants, property owners, academics, and scholars of Italian-American history.  The effort has already received extremely positive front-page coverage in this week’s Villager, as well as editorial page support

While GVSHP builds support and momentum for this ambitious proposal, we are urging the LPC to act immediately to protect immediately endangered buildings.  GVSHP has asked the LPC to landmark the former Greenwich Village Fire Patrol House at 84 West 3rd Street and the three early 19th century buildings at 233-237 Bleecker Street. Thank you to State Senator Tom Duane for his support for landmarking 84 West 3rd Street.

We expect to spend much of this year advocating and educating around this project; we will keep you informed of upcoming events and ways to get involved.

HOW TO HELP:

To join GVSHP or support our preservation efforts, CLICK HERE.

 

GVSHP’s South Village landmark report was funded by Preserve New York, a grant program of the Preservation League of NY State and the NY State Council on the Arts.  Funding for our educational programming and research on the South Village was funded in part by the J.M. Kaplan Fund, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmember Alan Gerson, State Senator Tom Duane, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the NYS Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.