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Seeking Landmark Protections for the White Horse Tavern, 567 Hudson Street

The White Horse Today (Gabe Herman/the Villager); Jane Jacobs at the White Horse in 1961.

 

The historic White Horse Tavern and the building in which it is located at 567 Hudson Street (11th Street) has been sold to notorious landlord Steve Croman, while the White Horse will be operated by the owner of the Times Square Steakhouse Hunt & Fish Club, which is co-owned by Anthony Scaramucci. While the building is located in the Greenwich Village Historic District and therefore its exterior is protected, there is nothing to stop the new owners and operators from changing or destroying the historic interior entirely (though thus far they have stated that is not their plan). The storied White Horse, opened ca. 1880, is world-renowned as a gathering spot for luminaries as diverse as Dylan Thomas, James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, and Jane Jacobs, among many others.

In response, Village Preservation submitted documentation and research to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission about the White Horse’s history, urging that the interior be landmarked as soon as possible. The beloved watering hole’s interior is largely intact to its period of historic significance, preserving the environment in which these storied figures drank, argued, and held court in the mid-20th century. Read coverage in Crain’sThe VillagerGlobe St.6sqftPatchCurbed, and Gothamist here and here.

Regardless of who owns the White Horse or what public statements they make, it’s critical that this extraordinarily special cultural landmark is protected and preserved.

 

 


 

 





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