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2016 GVSHP Year in Review

GVSHP rallies on East 11th Street to prevent the destruction of historic buildings.

As 2016 fades into memory, we wanted to look back on all that GVSHP accomplished during the year, and what we have to look forward to in 2017.

In 2016, GVSHP:

Buildings protected due to GVSHP’s efforts within the new Sullivan Thompson Historic District

In addition to our advocacy and preservation accomplishments, we held 57 public programs, serving over three thousand individuals, as well as educational classes for students and real estate brokers on the history of architecture, immigration, and historic preservation. We released 19 new oral histories, focusing on the South Village and East Village. Our Spring House Tour featured seven amazing homes and was the best attended ever, despite some rain.We honored seven amazing Villagers at our Village Awards in June, released several hundred new images on our Image Archive, and partnered with the Estate of Fred W. McDarrah to bring some iconic images back into public view. We posted 251 times in our Off the Grid blog, which was viewed over 187,000 times.

The year ended with some huge accomplishments. GVSHP secured landmark designation of the third and final phase of our proposed South Village Historic District, known as the Sullivan Thompson Historic District; secured protections for the entire Greenwich Village waterfront from air rights transfers from the Hudson River Park, preventing as much as a million and a half feet of additional development in the Village’s westernmost blocks; and prevented massive planned “big box” stores and “destination retail,” from the St. John’s Terminal plan, which would have generated huge amounts of traffic.

In the coming year, in addition to whatever unanticipated issues arise, we will be fighting:

Although technically released in 2017, GVSHP developed a new Civil Rights and Social Justice Map in 2016. The map was released 10 days ago and has been extremely popular. We have some amazing public programs on the schedule for 2017, and we will be basing a number of them on the themes of civil rights and social justice. We will be releasing seven new oral histories, and will continue to ad to our image archive.

We look forward to all the challenges we expect in 2017, and thank all of our supporters for joining us.

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