23 December 2013    


Upcoming GVSHP Programs and Events

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New Landmarks Applications

When: Tuesday, January 7; 6:30 - 8:00 P.M  
Where: Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Avenue at West 10th Street
Free; reservations required

In 1976, planner and architect Barry Benepe cofounded the Greenmarket program in New York City with a fellow planner, Bob Lewis.  Their open air markets offered a solution to two pressing problems: regional farmers were struggling to make a living and losing farmland to development, and New York City consumers had a hard time finding good, fresh produce.

Barry will join us to discuss the history and development of several iconic open air farmers markets in and around Greenwich Village, including the Gansevoort Market, Union Square Greenmarket, and Abingdon Square Greenmarket.

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

A lecture by historian William Wander
When: Tuesday, January 14; 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Where: The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium at Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets
Cost: Free; reservations required

Co-sponsored by The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

The Tompkins Market stood on the small city block bounded by Sixth Street, Seventh Street, Hall Place and Third Avenue, where the newest Cooper Union building, 41 Cooper Square, now stands. The first Tompkins Market opened here in 1830, but the most famous was the 1860 cast iron building designed by James Bogardus. This building contained the public market on the first floor, and the armory and drill rooms of the Seventh Regiment of the New York State National Guard on the second and third floors - an unusual combination in the 19th century or today.

The public markets were the place where the best meat and fish, butter, milk, and cheese, the freshest vegetables, fruits in season and "exotic fruits" - bananas and grapefruit - could be found. The inventory of the 1860's market would astound the shopper of today. In 1880, the Seventh Regiment moved out to their own armory, the Fighting Sixty-Ninth Regiment moved in, and stayed another 26 years. This landmark building stood for just over fifty years, before the market system faded from relevance. Torn down to make way for an expanding Cooper Union, it is all but forgotten - a simple but majestic, utilitarian, and once imposing presence at the end of the Bowery.

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

Reservations are required for all programs.
rsvp@gvshp.org or (212) 475-9585 x 35

Please note that space is often limited. Reservations are not confirmed until you receive a response from GVSHP regarding your reservation.

If space becomes an issue, all reservations will be honored up until the start of the program, at which point your seat may be given away to those on the wait list.

Don't forget to check out GVSHP's Past Events Page. Photos from some of our past programs as well as audio recordings and more information about the speakers and topics can all be found here! 
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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.


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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.

CB2 hearing: 12/30/2013 LPC hearing: 01/07/2014
CB4 hearing: TBD
LPC hearing: 01/07/2014
CB2 hearing: See Post
LPC hearing: 01/07/2014

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