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21 June 2013


Critical South Village Landmarking Hearing Next Tuesday, June 25 - PLEASE ATTEND!


Join Us This Sunday for PFLAG Plaque Unveiling

GVSHP in Vanity Fair "Hall of Fame"

Critical South Village Landmarking Hearing Next Tuesday, June 25 - PLEASE ATTEND!


Proposed South Village Historic District. Click to enlarge.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold its sole public hearing on "phase II" of our proposed South Village Historic District next Tuesday, June 25th. It will be critical to have a strong turnout, and to urge the Commission to approve the district, not to shrink the boundaries at all, and to move ahead with the remainder of the proposed historic district, south of Houston Street. 

After years of struggling and campaigning, the Commission is finally moving ahead with the second phase of the South Village Historic District GVSHP proposed in 2006 ("phase I" was designated in 2010). After initially excluding a pair of architecturally notable, low-rise NYU buildings which could be future development sites, and a row of ten 1840s houses at 130-148 West Houston Street which were in GVSHP's proposed district, in May these sites were added back in to the historic district now under consideration. But when the Commission votes in December, they can roll back the boundaries again, and GVSHP is urging them to include all of the proposed buildings in the district when designated.

The Commission has also not yet agreed to consider the section of GVSHP's proposed South Village Historic District south of Houston Street, which is both worthy of landmark designation and imminently endangered. GVSHP is urging them to move ahead with this area as soon as possible.  




Historic Plaque Unveiling Marking the 40th Anniversary of PFLAG Founding on June 23rd


Celebrate LGBT Pride and History Month by joining GVSHP, PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and the Church of the Village this Sunday, June 23rd at 11:45 A.M. for the unveiling of a historic plaque marking the founding of PFLAG forty years ago at the church. Earlier this spring we joined PFLAG and the church in memorializing PFLAG founder Jeanne Manford, who died this year at the age of 92.   


A mother and school teacher from Queens, Jeanne Manford held the first meeting of what came to be PFLAG at the church after marching in the Christopher Street Liberation Day March (now the LGBT Pride March) with her son and Dr. Benjamin Spock, carrying a sign that read "Parents of Gays Unite in Support for Our Children." Forty years later, PFLAG has 350 chapters and more than 200,000 members, and has affected countless lives. 


The Church of the Village is located at 13th Street and 7th Avenue, and the historic plaque will be permanently affixed to its front entrance. The unveiling, which will take place in front of the church, is open to all, but if you'd like to join us, please RSVP to or 212-475-9585 x35.     

Learn more about the Village's LGBT history here and our plaque program here.


GVSHP Makes Vanity Fair "Hall of Fame"


This month's issue of Vanity Fair nominates Executive Director Andrew Berman for their "Hall of Fame" for the work he has done at GVSHP to help protect our neighborhoods -- please take a look, and share it on social media, or post a comment to help encourage more coverage of efforts to preserve our neighborhoods.


All the work GVSHP does and all we accomplish would not be possible without you, our members and friends. Thank you to our members and supporter for helping to make this kind of recognition possible.

You help make it happen!




Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

232 East 11th Street, New York, NY 10003 / (212) 475-9585