In This Issue
Historic Plaque Unveiling at 27 Cooper Square, Tuesday June 20 at 6pm
Join GVSHP and partners Two Boots for our tenth historic plaque unveiling this Tuesday, June 20 at 6pm at 27 Cooper Square (just north of East 5th Street).
In the 1960s, this 1845 former rooming house became a laboratory for artistic, literary and political movements, including growing activism among African-American artists. Writers LeRoi and Hettie Jones, their Yugen magazine and Totem Press, musician Archie Shepp and painter Elizabeth Murray all had homes here. The vacant building was transformed into a vital hub of cultural life, attracting leading figures including those from the Beats and the world of jazz. It was also the childhood home of a second generation of East Village artists and thinkers. A short ceremony will precede the plaque’s unveiling; speakers include Hettie Jones, who still lives at 27 Cooper Square.
The event is free and open to all but please RSVP here.
Find out about all of GVSHP’s historic plaques here and explore them via our map here.
Hearings on Two Important East Village Landmarks, Tuesday June 20 at 6:30pm
On Tuesday Community Board #3’s Landmarks Committee will review applications for a 2-story addition to the 3 ½ story 19th century house at 104 E. 10th Street (east of 3rd Ave) in the St. Mark’s Historic District Extension, and an addition to the Anthology Film Archives at 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street) in the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm at the JASA/Green Residence, 200 East 5th Street at the Bowery.
Neighbors fought hard to get 104 and 102 East 10th Street added to the St. Mark’s Historic District in 1984, and in 2011, GVSHP and our allies fought hard to get the Anthology Film Archives Building and a dozen other nearby buildings added to the then-proposed, now-designated East Village/Lower East Side Historic District. GVSHP has serious concerns about the proposed addition to 104 E. 10th Street, which would also require a zoning variance. The proposed addition to Anthology Film Archives, one of the treasured cultural institutions in our neighborhood, has been scaled back considerably from previously-reported plans.
To view the applications or sign up for alerts about them, click here for 104 E. 10th Street and here for 32 Second Avenue.
New Additions to Historic Image Archive - Tunnel Garage & Images for Sale
GVSHP has just added new images to our historic image archive from our Tunnel Garage Collection – view them here, and view the entire image archive here (browse by map here). The Tunnel Garage was an early (1922) Art Deco gem with a terra cotta medallion of a Model-T Ford emerging from the nearby Holland Tunnel in its crown. GVSHP fought hard to save the building from demolition, but the City refused to landmark it, and it was destroyed in 2006 (read more here). Images from the collection are from just before and during the garage's demolition.
GVSHP’s Historic Image Archive contains hundreds of images from the late 18th to the early 21st century of our neighborhoods and other parts of New York City as well. They include historically significant events like the last car to drive through Washington Square Park before neighbors like Jane Jacobs got automobile traffic banned from the park, to the the Great Blizzard of 1888. And they include historically significant figures ranging from Montgomery Clift to Peter Cooper. There are also literally hundreds of photographs and colored postcards of buildings, people, and street scenes, still around and no longer with us, from the late 19th century through to the near present.
Many of the images on our website are now also available for sale, with the proceeds supporting GVSHP’s work; click here to order.
GVSHP gladly accepts donations of relevant images; if you are interested in making a donation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business of the Month - Bergino Baseball Club, 67 East 11th Street
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Summer is upon us, and for sports lovers it is baseball season! And if you are not at one of the stadiums or ballfields, you can still explore and share your joy of the game and the culture at Bergino Baseball Clubhouse at 67 East 11th Street, our June Business of the Month. A self-described “love letter to baseball in a Greenwich Village landmark building,” we could not say it better ourselves! Whether you’re a baseball fan yourself or are shopping for one or two, the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse is a great place to find that perfect baseball-themed gift from many eras. A large selection of specialty baseballs, books, artwork and even custom-made items means you always score here.
It is a gallery, store and museum all in one, curated and managed by an owner with an obvious dedication and passion for the game. You do not have to go all the way to Cooperstown to be infused with the culture and history of the game with Bergino Baseball Clubhouse here.
Read more about this terrific local business here.
What special small business would you like to see featured next? Just click here to nominate our next one. And click here for a handy map of all of our Businesses of the Month.