The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

22 December 2014


Business of the Month - Sullivan Street Tea &

Upcoming GVSHP Programs 

Latest Landmarks Applications 

Business of the Month - Sullivan Street Tea & Spice

GVSHP has launched our 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 electronic newsletter, showcasing one of the Village, East Village, or NoHo's great and unique retail or commercial treasures.

Meet this month's "Business of the Month" -- Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company In nominating Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company for Business of the Month, a customer wrote: "There is NOTHING like this in the neighborhood, in terms of both teas (mainly their own blends, beautiful, fragrant, flavorful) and their extraordinary selection of spices…as well as all sorts of other things to delight the senses…It is, besides, one of the most delightfully charming, cozy venues in the South Village. [Also] a great, good neighbor: it is a special pleasure to shop here, not least because of the friendliness and helpfulness of owner and staff."  Read more here.

Local businesses are the backbone of our neighborhoods, and many find themselves in an increasingly tough, competitive 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.

We're asking you, the public, to nominate your favorite businesses for consideration for our "Business of the Month." Each selected business will be profiled, and its story shared via social and electronic media. To nominate a business just fill in a very brief form here.

Upcoming GVSHP Programs

The Life and Art of William Glackens
A lecture and slideshow with art historian Avis Berman

Tuesday, January 6
6:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Location TBD

William Glackens was an American realist painter who was essential to the development of avant-garde art in the opening decades of the twentieth century. A progressive artist who assimilated and adopted various currents of French modernism, Glackens lived on and around Washington Square from 1904 to his death in 1938.

Avis Berman, an independent writer and art historian, has written extensively on painting, sculpture, photography, design, and museum history. She is the author of Rebels on Eighth Street: Juliana Force and the Whitney Museum of American Art; James McNeill Whistler; and Edward Hopper's New York. At present, she has organized and overseen the first museum survey of William Glackens's work in nearly fifty years.

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

The History of 121 Charles Street
With Amanda Davis, GVSHP's Director of Preservation and Research

Thursday, January 15
6:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Free; reservations required
The Community Room at Westbeth
155 Bank Street, between Washington Street and West Street

Known as 'Cobble Court' or 'The Goodnight Moon House', the quirky wooden home at 121 Charles Street has captivated generations of Villagers and visitors alike. The house, reported to be over 200 years old, faced the wrecking ball in Yorkville before two remarkable people fought to save and move it to the Village in 1967.

As part of the Landmarks50 celebrations, join Amanda Davis, GVSHP's Director of Preservation and Research, as she pieces together the incredible history of "the little house that could."

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.

History of the Hudson River in Greenwich Village
A book talk with Vernon Benjamin

Tuesday, January 20
6:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street, between 7th Avenue South and Hudson Street

The Hudson River valley has been a place of contradictions since its first settlement by Europeans. Explored by an Englishman who claimed it for the Dutch, the region soon became home to the most vibrant trading outpost for the New World colonies -- the island of Manhattan -- even as the rest of the valley retained the native beauty that would inspire artists from James Fenimore Cooper to Thomas Cole.

Join author Vernon Benjamin in an examination of the sense of place of Greenwich Village in its relationship to the Hudson Valley historically, including land uses and political, cultural and aesthetic ties, focused on individuals and groups associated with both areas from the DeLanceys and Bayards through William James, artists, and Native and immigrant populations.

We'll explore the Native American footprints, the Village as a retreat from epidemics in the "city" proper, the rise of its fashionable identity, the bohemian or artistic communities that developed, and a continuing history of Greenwich Village as a desirable and stylish adjunct to the city proper.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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

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.


131 7th Avenue South

CB2 hearing: 12/29/2014
LPC hearing: 01/06/2015

41 West 11th Street

LPC hearing: 01/06/2015

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