The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

19 December 2014


2014 has been a momentous year for GVSHP,
and we expect 2015 to be no less so.  

We fought — and won — some critical battles, and laid the groundwork for a better future for our neighborhoods and our city.

But we've got a lot more work to do. With more than 80% of our funding coming from families and individuals like you, won't you consider making a year-end contribution to GVSHP to help keep us strong in 2015?

Here's just some of what we accomplished in 2014:

  • Got the City to drop a wrong-headed plan to 'de-calendar' en masse 94 sites and 2 districts proposed for landmark designation without public hearings

  • Won a critical legal battle against the NYU expansion plan in court, which is now being appealed to the State's highest court

  • Secured final approval in the City Council of the South Village Historic District, the largest expansion of landmark protections in Greenwich Village since 1969!

  • After 50 years in "landmarks limbo," secured landmark status for the East Village's historic 1866 Tifereth Israel Synagogue

  • Helped get Governor Cuomo to drop his plan for massive air rights transfers from the Hudson River Park without any public hearing or approval process

  • Launched our "Business of the Month" program, highlighting and supporting local independent businesses

  • Helped secure a contextual rezoning on 14th & 15th Streets, capping the height of new development and blocking the transfer of air rights from Hudson River Park

  • Published our critically acclaimed book Greenwich Village Stories, now in its second printing

  • Placed historic plaques on the home of poet Frank O'Hara and the site of the former Fillmore East

  • Blocked a zoning variance which would have allowed a 34% increase in the size of a planned glass office tower at 13th Street and 10th Avenues

  • Issued a report calling for an end to the City's advance notice to developers that properties may be considered for landmarking, leaving them vulnerable to demolition

  • After more than two decades of decay, got restoration work to finally begin on the landmarked 1846 house at 43 MacDougal Street

  • Helped get the City to reverse a decision approving a "dorm for hire" at the East Village's old P.S. 64, which would have gutted restrictions we fought for on dorm proliferation

  • Co-sponsored "Stonewall 45" storefront exhibition on Christopher Street, educating about the street's vital role in advancing the LGBT civil rights movement

  • Made videos of all of our public programs and all Landmarks Preservation Commission hearings on items in our neighborhood available on our YouTube page

  • Helped educate thousands with our children's education program, our lectures and walking tours, and our on-line resources about the history, architecture, and culture of our neighborhoods

Your support makes this possible. And only your continued support can ensure we can maintain and advance this work in 2015 -- please DONATE NOW.

Here's just some of what we must do in the coming year:

  • Continue the battle against the NYU expansion plan in court

  • Ensure that state legislation enabling air rights transfers inland from the Hudson River Park does not result in massive overdevelopment of our neighborhood

  • Extend landmark protections to currently unprotected areas of the South and East Village, and along the University Place and Broadway corridors

  • Secure contextual zoning for the South Village and University Place & Broadway corridors, to prevent out-of-scale new development

  • Closely monitor for any development plans for sensitive landmarked sites like 11 Jane Street (recently sold for $26 mil.) and the "Cobble Court House" at 121 Charles Street (advertised for sale for $20 mil.)

  • Carefully check every day for new demolition, major alteration, or construction permit applications for every one of 6,500 building lots in our neighborhood, to respond quickly to troubling plans

  • Thoroughly scrutinize every major landmarks permit application for any of the 3,500 landmarked properties in our neighborhood, and share information about each application and the city's review and approval process with the public

  • Pursue measures to help preserve small independent businesses in our neighborhoods, and discourage the proliferation of chain stores

  • Respond to ongoing attacks by the Real Estate Board of New York calling for limits on and undoing of landmarks protections

  • Restore the former P.S. 64/Charas-El Bohio Cultural Center to a true community use

Help ensure an even better tomorrow for our neighborhoods -- support GVSHP's preservation efforts with a year-end donation TODAY.


Andrew Berman
Executive Director


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