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November 8, 2013            


WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT GVSHP and
TEN YEARS OF PROGRESS PROTECTING
THE VILLAGE, EAST VILLAGE, & NOHO

Dear friend,

 

The ten new landmark districts or district extensions GVSHP has helped secure over the last ten years are captured in the report, including the Far West Village (p.6)

We're about to enter a new era in government and policy in New York City.  So GVSHP has taken a look back at all we have been able to accomplish over the last ten years, and a look ahead at what still needs to be done. 

 

It's all in our report "Ten Years - A Thousand Buildings Landmarked - One Hundred Blocks Rezoned: A Decade of Progress" And here's what people are saying about it:

"In a decade of the highest real estate development pressure seen in recent memory, it is nothing short of a miracle how much additional landmark and zoning protection GVSHP has secured for Greenwich Village. GVSHP's thoughtful, sound and strategic leadership is widely respected in government circles. This report illustrates not only how much has been done but also how logical and critical the landmark designations and zoning changes were."

A diverse array of building types among the thousand-plus buildings GVSHP has helped landmark are catalogued, from federal houses (such as 62-66 Carmine Street, p.49) to modern masterpieces, stables to sailor's hotels, industrial monuments to churches and synagogues.
-- Roberta Brandes Gratz, author of The Battle For Gotham: New York In the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs and former New York City Landmarks Commissioner.

"Ten Years is tremendously encouraging and uplifting. In the midst of an extraordinarily go-go real estate boom that has seemed intent on obliterating every single architectural record of lower Manhattan's glorious past, GVSHP has been saving that history one block and building at a time. They're protecting more than just buildings and streetscapes, but the endangered soul and character of the greatest city on earth."

Now-landmarked sites of cultural significance include the subject of great paintings, photographs, and album covers, sites where great movements and institutions were born, and the homes of great artists and writers of the last two centuries, such as Frank Stella's former studio (p. 82)
-- John Strausbaugh, author of The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues

"This report clearly details GVSHP's tireless  efforts to uphold the rich character and architectural beauty of Greenwich Village. Through a wide variety of advocacy accomplishments including the expansion of landmark districts and activities that recognize the area's architectural and cultural  importance, the work of the GVSHP is vital in maintaining the Village's beloved and important role in New York City's illustrious history."

 
-- Vin Cipolla, President, Municipal Art Society

 

The "Blocked Projects" section illustrates egregious plans that will now never come to pass, such as four different proposals for the tallest building ever in the Village, like NYU's proposed Bleecker Street hotel (p.97)
"It's incredible to see how much GVSHP has managed to help preserve over the last ten years. Beautiful churches and rowhouses, the homes of great artists and writers, stables, sailor's hotels, Picasso sculptures, schools and synagogues - all that history, now safe due to their hard work. This really lays out why our neighborhood is worth fighting for, and why we need to keep fighting to protect it."


-- John Leguizamo, actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter.

 

"The broad scope of GVSHP's initiatives over the last decade is downright awe inspiring; It would be hard for anyone to name a more prolific organization in the field of preservation. I shudder to think how sterile New York City would look in 50 years without GVSHP's critical conservation efforts, which will be appreciated for generations to come."

"Moving the Needle" shows how advocacy has helped reduce the size of planned developments on top of Chelsea Market (above, p. 89), in the Meatpacking District, and by NYU
-- Eric Ferrara, Founder and Executive Director, Lower East Side History Project and author of The Bowery: A History of Grit, Graft and Grandeur.


I hope you'll take a look at the report - and enjoy what your support has helped protect and preserve, and join us in looking toward the future.
 
Sincerely,
Andrew Berman 
Executive Director

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