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Ten Years of Progress on Landmark and Zoning Protections — And the Road Ahead

GVSHP is proud to share it’s new report “Ten Years – A Thousand Buildings – One Hundred Blocks:  A Decade of Progress on Landmark and Zoning Protections in the Village, East Village, and NoHo.”

As we come to the end of the Bloomberg era, this meticulously detailed and richly photographed report examines what GVSHP has been able to accomplish over the last ten years, including helping secure landmark designation of a thousand buildings, and contextual rezoning or “downzoning” of nearly one hundred blocks. And as we enter a new era at City Hall, the report also peers ahead to outline what we still need to do, and areas of our neighborhood still requiring protection.
The report takes a comprehensive look at:

  • the ten historic districts and district extensions GVSHP helped get landmarked over the last ten years,
    Page 24 – Colorful “Old Law” tenements at 229-235 Sullivan Street (1886) in the South Village.

    from the Meatpacking District to the East Village, the South Village to NoHo, and in the Far West Village

  • the forty-two individual buildings GVSHP helped get landmarked over the last ten years, in every corner of our neighborhoods, ranging from late 18th century houses to large-scale mid-20th century housing developments, and lots in between
  • the nearly four hundred applications for changes to landmarked properties throughout our neighborhoods we have reviewed and made available to the public for the first time ever, in just the last four years
  • the four contextual rezonings and “downzonings” we helped secure, in the Far West and East Village, establishing height limits for new development in those areas for the first time, encouraging preservation, and eliminating bonuses for dorm and hotel development
  • the various building types we have been able to help get landmarked, from houses of worship to Federal-era houses, from stables to sailor’s hotels, from industrial monuments to civic buildings, and from modern masterpieces to housing innovations
    Page 52- Congregation Ansche Meseritz Synagogue (Herman Horenburger, 1910), 415 East 6th Street, East Village Historic District, designated 2012 — the last operating ‘tenement synagogue’ in the East Village.
  • points of cultural significance we have helped get landmarked, from the homes of great artists and writers to the sites of transformative events in labor and political history; from buildings that were the subject of great paintings and photographs, to streets that were the setting for great rock album covers
    Page 48 – 7 Leroy Street (1830), Greenwich Village Historic District South Village Extension, designated 2010.
  • many of the “blocked projects” we have managed to stop, including three separate plans to build the tallest tower ever in the low-rise Village (including, of course, one by NYU)
  • projects where we have “moved the needle” — affecting the final outcome by making plans we opposed less onerous or impactful, from Chelsea Market to the St. Vincent’s/Rudin Condo development

Finally, in “looking to the future,” the report examines the work GVSHP will be undertaking  in the months and years ahead, and the areas of our neighborhood that still lack adequate protections and are vulnerable to inappropriate demolition our out-of-scale new construction.

The full size report (32MB) is here, while a smaller version (16 MB) can be found here.

Everything GVSHP does is made possible by the support of our members, and cooperation of allied groups and public officials.

Please share and read the report, and if you like what GVSHP does, please make a contribution to ensure we can continue our work.


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