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Help Keep GVSHP Strong in 2017!


2016 was a year of incredible accomplishments for GVSHP.

Help us keep the progress going, and protect what we hold dear about our neighborhoods.

  • We got the third and final phase of our proposed South Village Historic District landmarked, bringing to 1,250 the number of buildings we’ve gotten landmarked since 2003.
  • We protected the western edge of our neighborhood from overdevelopment by getting a ban on any future air rights sales from the Hudson River Park in the Village; this brings to nearly one hundred the number of blocks in our neighborhood for which we have secured zoning protections.
  • We stopped plans for an inappropriate, out of scale development at 85-89 Jane Street with glass and concrete towers.
  • We saved hard-won zoning protections in the East and West Village from the Mayor’s plans to roll them back.
  • We stopped the most destructive elements of a City Council bill to make landmarking harder and demolition of historic properties easier.
  • We helped save and bring back to Astor Place the beloved mosaic light poles.

But there were serious steps backwards too, and some tough challenges up ahead:

  • Over our objections, totally inappropriate new developments were approved by the City on Gansevoort Street and next to the St. Luke’s Church in landmark districts in the West Village.
  • The City refused to landmark historic buildings it had found “landmark-eligible” on East 7th and East 11th Streets in the East Village, which are now slated for demolition.
  • The Governor has given the MTA the power to defy all local zoning restrictions on any property they own, opening a potential Pandora’s Box of overdevelopment in neighborhoods.
  • The Mayor is seeking to lift caps on how large residential development can go in our neighborhoods.
  • The Mayor continues to block our proposed rezoning of University Place and Broadway, which would prevent the 300 ft. tall condo towers currently rising there.

Help us take on these challenges in 2017, and do more — including expanding our popular adult and children’s education programming, our oral histories, our historic image archives, and our research initiatives that document and celebrate the history, beauty, and significance of our neighborhoods.


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