May 24, 2017
Latest Issue of GVSHP Newsletter Now Available
The Winter 2017 issue of GVSHP’s newsletter The Anthemion is now available – read it here.
Find out the latest on preservation efforts, development plans, new
resources available from GVSHP and recent and upcoming events. It’s a
great way to be “in the know” about what’s going on in the Village, East
Village, and NoHo.
newsletter is also a great way to spread the word to friends and
neighbors about issues you care about and how they can get more
involved, as well as a great way to build support for and involvement
with GVSHP. Many buildings in the Village, East Village, and NoHo
allow copies of our newsletter to be dropped off for distribution to
residents or left in common areas to be picked up. Many local
businesses take copies of the newsletter to leave out for their
customers. If you would like arrange for copies of our newsletter to go
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New Threat to Old P.S. 64/Charas, 605 East 9th Street
GVSHP has long been part of a community coalition fighting to preserve the historic former P.S. 64/Charas-El Bohio Cultural Center at 605 East 9th Street, just east of Avenue B.
This building is not only a treasured piece of our city’s history and a
monumental work of architecture, but for two decades served as a vital
community and cultural center before it was sold by New York City to a
developer around 2000. It has sat vacant since, as the developer has
tried time and again to tear the building down, destroy its
architectural features, and move undesirable uses into the building,
including several schemes for a “dorm for hire,” where beds could be
rented out to anyone claiming to be a student. GVSHP and our community
allies want to see the building restored and returned to a true
We have two strong tools in that fight. In 2005 we helped get the building landmarked.
A deed restriction on the property from the City limits uses here to
“community facilities,” and a few years later we helped get the City to tighten up rules around dormitories
in New York City, making it much harder for developers to sneak in
“dorms for hire” or other uses disguised as legitimate dormitories.
the developer owner is seeking to get around the restrictive
declaration and the tighter rules we helped fight for years ago and
sneak in illegitimate uses. He has hired the same lobbyist involved in the scandalous lifting of the deed restriction for the nearby Rivington House.
Rather than get the City to lift the deed restriction as was done
there, he is seeking to get the
City to redefine the restrictions on dorms that apply to this and
other sites, to make it easier to sneak in illegal “dorms for hire” and
to do work on the building without required documentation and
commitments in place. The City has issued a preliminary ruling in favor
of the developer’s request, which has far-reaching implications not
only for this property but others throughout the City. Read more here.
HOW TO HELP:
Come to the community meeting about saving Old P.S. 64/Charas-El Bohio on Wednesday, January 18, 2017- 6:30 p.m. at Loisaida, Inc., 710 East 9th Street (SW corner at Ave. C) – flyer here
Register Now for New January Programs!
GVSHP has four great new programs coming up in the month of January. Take a look at below, and click each program for more details on the program and registration. We're looking forward to seeing you soon!
Tuesday, January 10 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Members Only Open House: Presentations and Reception with GVSHP Staff
Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street
2016 ended with some dramatic preservation victories and news on several fronts -- some years in the making, some with long-term implications extending far into the future. Find out more about all of them, as well as the latest tools and resources available from GVSHP for history and neighborhood buffs, and great recent programs you may have missed but can enjoy from the comfort of your home on your mobile device. Learn more and ask questions with Executive Director Andrew Berman and the entire GVSHP staff. Short presentations will be followed by light refreshments and conversation with GVSHP staff and fellow members. It all takes place at GVSHP’s lovely home at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, the landmarked Ernest Flagg-designed former rectory of St. Mark’s Church. Learn More>
Tuesday, January 17 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Preserving Diversity and Inclusiveness with GVSHP and Not an Alien
Westbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune Street
New York City's multiculturalism has always been one of its strongest characteristics, and neighborhoods like the East Village and Greenwich Village are longtime havens for immigrants. GVSHP often highlights the history of inclusion and diversity among our streets, and now Villagers Neelu Shruti and Tom O'Keefe have founded Not an Alien, an organization and podcast dedicated to telling contemporary immigrant stories, many of which center on the Village. Join GVSHP, Neelu, and Tom to listen to some of the voices highlighted through Not an Alien, and hear from immigrant experts and other service providers on how we can continue to make our neighborhoods safe, welcoming, and cooperative places for all.
An option to enjoy a dinner salad with the group is provided by Green Top Farms. Green Top Farms is an urban farm startup based in Long Island City, Queens, and specializing in farm-to-table seasonal salads. Josh Lee is a fifth-generation farmer from North Carolina who came to New York City and just couldn't keep his hands out of the dirt. Learn More>
Tuesday, January 24 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Arch Conspirators Cenntenial Celebration
Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South
One hundred years ago this month, a group of Greenwich Villagers felt
so alienated by the developments in the city, country, and world
around them they stole into Washington Square Arch, climbed to the
roof, and proclaimed Greenwich Village a free and independent
republic. Sound familiar? This history-making event, precipitated by
painters John Sloan and Marcel Duchamp, poet Gertrude Drick, and
Provincetown Playhouse actors Alan Russell Mann, Betty Turner, and
Charles Ellis was considered a dramatic turning point in the Village’s
role as the center of American bohemia and avant-garde thought.
To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of this bold act, join us in
Judson Memorial Church’s stunning Stanford White-designed sanctuary,
the same architect of the Washington Square Arch. Live music will
transport you to 1917, where you and fellow New Yorkers will toast to
our daring bohemian forebears. At a time when the future of inclusive
environments feel a bit jeopardized, gather with your fellow New Yorkers
for this special night of community and ceremony. Local Village
purveyors will fill the sanctuary with the sights, sounds, and tastes
of what continues to make the Village one of the most unique and
cherished neighborhoods. A concluding lantern ceremony at the Washington
Square Arch will help us commune on what the next 100 years of
inclusive, diverse Village will look like. Presented in partnership
with Atlas Obscura. Learn More>
Saturday, January 28 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
LGBT Bar Crawl: Christopher Street and Beyond
Get buzzed with GVSHP on LGBT history! Raise a glass to famed LGBT watering holes on this informative and fun walking tour. Guide Phil Desiere will detail neighborhood favorites including Stonewall, Henrietta Hudsons, Ty's, and Julius'. Learn about the important role these places have played in fostering community and culture while sipping a drink! Learn More>
Didn't make it to a recent GVSHP program? Visit our website to see photos, videos, and sometimes even presentation materials from recent programs.