The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

6 February 2015


Business of the Month:
La Bonbonniere

Upcoming GVSHP

Latest Landmark Applications Available 

"Business of the Month:" La Bonbonniere

When we selected La Bonbonniere as our most recent Business of the Month, you approved! We knew we hit the target when you raved about how much you love the little diner with a big heart on Eighth Avenue. Find out "what develops when you run a small business 365 days a year, for 24 years, and love your customers as much as they love you. Marina and her business partner Gus Maroulletis are the proprietors of La Bonbonniere, the diner on Eighth Avenue that welcomes all kinds, from kids to construction workers to actors to writers." Read more...

Now tell us another independent business in the Village, East Village or NoHo that you love just as much!

With GVSHP's new "Business of the Month" program, each month, a local, independent business is featured on GVSHP's website and blog Off the Grid, and shared via our e-bulletins, showcasing one of our neighborhoods' great and unique retail or commercial treasures. The program underscores what makes each business so valued and distinctive, and we hope will increase support and patronage, thus 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 a very brief form here.

Local businesses are the backbone of our neighborhoods, and many find themselves in an increasingly tough environment of rising rents and proliferating chain stores. GVSHP is committed to highlighting and celebrating those businesses that help keep our neighborhoods unique and special, and provide a service, atmosphere, or specialty that can't be found anywhere else.

In December, the delectable Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company in the South Village was featured, and we kicked off in November with Makari, an under-the-radar gem of Asian arts in the East Village.

Upcoming GVSHP Programs

To see videos of recent GVSHP programs, click here; to see photos of recent programs, click here.

Please note that space is often limited. Reservations are not confirmed until you receive a response from GVSHP regarding your reservation.

If space becomes an issue, all reservations will be honored up until the start of the program, at which point your seat may be given away to those on the wait list.

Spring Street Presbyterian Church
An illustrated lecture with archivist David Pultz

Part of GVSHP's African American History Month Series

Monday, February 9
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
First Presbyterian Church, 12th Street and 5th Avenue

In December 2006, construction began on the site of a former parking lot at the corner of Spring and Varick Streets. It was the beginning of the Trump Soho 46-story "condo-hotel." Soon after digging began, a backhoe uncovered human remains in four early 19th century burial vaults. Construction was halted and archaeologists were immediately called in to investigate. The remains were part of the Spring Street Presbyterian Church, which once existed at the site. Established in 1810, the Spring Street Church has a storied history as an early abolitionist congregation that accepted free African-Americans into full membership -- years before slavery was abolished in New York. Join archivist David Pultz for the fascinating history of the Spring Street Church.

To register, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.

Shadows on Bleecker Street
Staged readings from a book by Warren Wyss and Milton Polsky

Part of GVSHP's African American History Month Series
(Due to inclement weather, this program was re-scheduled from the previously announced date of Monday, February 2)

Monday, February 16
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
HB Playwrights Theater, 124 Bank Street (between Greenwich Street and Washington Street)

After a rare book signed by legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass is stolen, Professor Jeff Gardner joins a Bleecker Street literary walking tour, which he feels will enable him to recover the book--and trap the killer of Jeff's colleague, who had discovered the Douglass book. Along the tour, Jeff faces great dangers to himself and family, but his resolve to persevere is heartened by the spirits represented in the tour, including--besides Douglas--Tom Paine, Charlie Parker, Lenny Bruce, Margaret Sanger, and Walt Whitman. As tension mounts for Jeff in his quest, an iconic street gives up its secrets that keep suspense building for the reader. Special bonus for those attending this book reading: select scenes in the novel's narrative will be acted out!
Books will be available for purchase and signing.

100 Years of Preservation: A Conversation with Anthony C. Wood
Co-sponsored by the New York Preservation Archive Project

Thursday, February 19
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Third Street Music School Settlement
235 East 11th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue

Join Anthony C. Wood, founder of the New York Preservation Archive Project and author of Preserving New York: Winning the Right to Protect a City's Landmarks, for an intimate discussion of what led to the passage of NYC's 1965 landmarks law, how it has affected the urban environment since, and the prognosis for preservation looking forward.

In conversation with GVSHP's Karen Loew, Wood will illuminate the long struggle that preceded the landmark law and the forces that shaped it. As we examine the architectural losses on the way to the law and the preservation of so many remarkable buildings since, we will also evaluate the current political landscape and how preservation may evolve in the 21st century.

This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Law.

To register, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.

GVSHP members-only program:
A Visit to the Studio of Rogers Partners Architects

Tuesday, February 24
6:30 - 7:30 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Meeting location will be provided after reservation is confirmed

Join us for this exclusive behind-the-scenes look into one of New York's top architecture firms. GVSHP trustee and noted architect Rob Rogers invites us to visit his office for a presentation of some of the projects that his firm, Rogers Partners, has designed. With the help of scale models and other renderings, we will see a variety of completed and planned works.

You may have seen the work of Rogers Partners architects in the security barriers outside the New York Stock Exchange, or if you have visited the Hudson Park Library on Leroy Street, the SoHo Arts Library on Mulberry Street, or the Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street.

Space is extremely limited.

To register, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.

These programs are made possible in part by the generous support of: The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, City Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Margaret Chin, and GVSHP members.

Latest Landmark Applications Available

GVSHP provides an ongoing record of all applications for changes to landmarked properties in our neighborhoods (Greenwich Village, NoHo, Gansevoort Market, the South Village, and the East Village) that require a public hearing before they can be approved. These proposals range from minor alterations to large additions, demolition, and new construction on landmarked sites.

Find out about the application, when the Community Board and NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearings will take place, and how you can weigh in before decisions are made. You can also sign up for alerts to be notified of changes in the status of the application.    

The new applications below are scheduled to be heard in the near future at the Community Board, the LPC, or both. Click on each for more information.


311 West 4th Street
CB2 hearing: 02/12/2015
LPC hearing: TBD

757 Greenwich Street
CB2 hearing: 02/12/2015
LPC hearing: TBD

622 Broadway (156-158 Crosby)
CB2 hearing: 02/12/2015
LPC hearing: 02/17/2015

282 West 4th Street
CB2 hearing: 02/12/2015
LPC hearing: 02/17/2015

237 Bleecker Street (233-237 Bleecker, 15 Carmine)
CB2 hearing: 02/12/2015
LPC hearing: 02/17/2015




Please check our Landmarks Applications Webpage up until the day of the community board meeting for updates, as we may be adding new applications to reflect the latest community board agenda available.”

To sign up for notifications of new landmarks applications, please click HERE.
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