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May 21 2015


Village Awards & Annual Meeting

Business of the Month:
Greenwich Locksmiths

Protecting Stonewall & Other LGBT History Sites


Village Awards & Annual Meeting

The 35th GVSHP Annual Meeting and 25th Village Awards
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Co-hosted by The New School

The Village Awards recognize the people, places, and organizations which make a significant contribution to the quality of life in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.

Congratulations to the 2015 Village Award Recipients:

Barbara Schaum, Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks, David Rothenberg, The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation, 201 East 12th Street Renovation, and the Regina Kellerman Award Winners: James & Karla Murray

At the Annual Meeting GVSHP members will vote on five returning Trustees and two new Trustees to the Board of Directors.

Returning Trustees: Mary Ann Arisman, Tom Birchard, Arthur Levin, Judith Stonehill, and Linda Yowell

New Trustees: Tom Cooper and Trevor Stewart

A review of the Society’s activities and accomplishments over the last year will be provided.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.

Free; reservations required
The Auditorium at The New School, 66 West 12th Street 
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.] 

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


Business of the Month: Greenwich Locksmiths

The sliver of a shop at 56 Seventh Avenue South became familiar to many New Yorkers for its tiny, triangular shape, and then a few years ago for adding an artistic façade made of thousands of keys. Customers of Greenwich Locksmiths, founded by Philip Mortillaro in 1980, also know it for the high quality of its keys, locks, security systems and customer service. Add the friendliness of Mortillaro and his son and business partner, Philip Mortillaro, Jr., and you know why Greenwich Locksmiths is our Business of the Month for May.

http://www.gvshp.org/_gvshp/enews/img/GreenwichLocksmithscopy.jpg“I just like being me,” said Phil Sr., who has lived in the Village for decades. “If I gonorth of 14th Street, nobody knows me. If I go south of Canal Street, nobody knows me. If I stay in this zone, everybody knows me. And I have an identity: I’m a locksmith.” The GVSHP supporter who nominated Greenwich Locksmiths wrote to us: “The artwork in front is incredibly cool, and always puts a smile on my face when I walk by it.”  Read more about this month’s business of the month here, and past businesses of the month here.

With GVSHP's "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 social media and our e-bulletins, to showcase one of our neighborhoods' great and unique commercial treasures. The program underscores what makes each business so valued and distinctive. We hope it will increase support and patronage, aiding our local small businesses' health and viability.

http://www.gvshp.org/_gvshp/enews/img/Locksmithduo.jpgWe'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 the businesses that help keep our neighborhoods unique and special, and provide a service, atmosphere, or specialty that can't be found anywhere else.

Another important way to support mom-and-pops is by backing the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, a bill in City Council that deserves consideration. Click here to urge City Council to hold a hearing.


Protecting Stonewall and Other LGBT Historic Sites

GVSHP has been working with a coalition of preservation groups, elected officials, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) advocacy organizations to get the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to formally recognize and protect the Stonewall Inn and other sites of significance to the LGBT civil rights movement. We recently wrote to the LPC Chair asking her again to take action on this issue, after having previously urged her and her predecessor to do so.
New York City, and particularly the Village, contain several locations which are internationally recognized as defining sites of the LGBT rights movement, including the Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street. Resistance and riots in response to routine police harassment which took place at and near the Stonewall Inn over three nights in late June, 1969, are considered the beginning of the modern LGBT rights movement, and are memorialized with LGBT Pride events throughout the world.  For this reason, the State of New York and the federal government have both (in response to an application co-authored by GVSHP) recognized the Stonewall Inn for its historic significance.  President Obama has linked the significance of the Stonewall Riots to the great civil rights march in Selma and the pioneering women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls.  

But amazingly, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has never officially recognized Stonewall’s LGBT significance as part of a landmark designation of the site. Because only New York City landmark designation (as opposed to State or Federal recognition) can protect a building from alteration or demolition, it is critical that action be taken by the NYC LPC to officially recognize Stonewall and other LGBT history sites with landmark designation.


·    Write to Mayor de Blasio and the Chair of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission calling for recognition and protection of Stonewall and other critical LGBT history sites > > 

Find out more about the Village’s LGBT history here.




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