South Village Historic District Plan Gains Momentum
Following GVSHP’s submission to the City of a proposal for a South Village Historic District at the end of 2006, support for the proposal continues to grow.
Numerous elected officials, including Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senators Tom Duane and Martin Connor, and Assembly Member Deborah Glick have written to the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission urging them to designate the South Village Historic District. National, state-wide, and citywide preservation organizations like the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Preservation League of New York State, and the Historic Districts Council have also endorsed the proposal. And literally dozens of local community groups including Greenwich Village Block Associations, the Greenwich Village Community Task Force, the SoHo Alliance, Village Independent Democrats, the Central Village Block Association, the Thompson-Sullivan Coalition, and block associations representing Morton, Carmine, Charlton, Vandam, West Houston, West 13th, Bedford, and Downing Streets have endorsed the proposal.
Additionally, several additional prominent South Village community leaders, merchants, and property owners have joined GVSHP’s Historic South Village Advisory Board, bringing to 40 the total number of leaders involved in the effort. The Board was set up to help advocate for designation of the South Village Historic District.
Public hearing by Community Board #2 on April 24th: At GVSHP’s request, Community Board #2 will hold a public hearing on the South Village Historic District proposal on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30 P.M. at Our Lady of Pompeii Church basement hall (Bleecker and Carmine Streets). Please attend this public hearing and show your support. The hearing will be critical not only to ensure Community Board #2’s support for the proposal, but also to send a strong message to the City about the breadth of support and the need for action on the matter. Click here for flyer.
NYU breaks pledge to support proposed South Village Historic District: GVSHP was extremely disappointed to learn recently that NYU was breaking its pledge — made over four years ago and repeated numerous times since then — to support designation of the proposed South Village Historic District. GVSHP and about a half dozen community groups and individuals to whom NYU made their pledge to support the South Village Historic District proposal wrote to NYU President Sexton to express their displeasure over the university reneging upon its commitment. In spite of NYU’s backing off of their commitment to the South Village Historic District, support for the proposal continues to grow. For more information on the effort and the South Village, click here.
How To Help:
Come to the C.B. 2 public hearing on the proposed South Village Historic District on Tuesday April 24th at 6:30 P.M. at Our Lady of Pompeii Church basement hall, Bleecker and Carmine Streets (enter on Bleecker Street).
Spread the word! — Download and the flyer here.
Send a letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission urging them to designate the proposed South Village Historic District — Click here for a sample letter you can use.