Historic preservationists and gay rights activists have won a skirmish in their campaign to save 186 Spring Street, a SoHo townhouse that sheltered a number of gay rights activists in the post-Stonewall era—earning landmark designation eligibility from the state and national historic registers. But without a designation from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, the house’s demolition still looms as the most likely possibility.
Earning a spot on the State and National registers would be a coup for the preservationists. “It’s truly historic—only one other place in the United States has been placed on the state and national registers in relation to gay and lesbian history,” said Andrew Berman, the executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. The other place, also in Manhattan, is the Stonewall Inn.
It Takes a Village
Seller beware! In April, Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz sold his SoHo townhouse to a Canadian developer, who claimed he wanted it for “personal use.”
Now The Village Voice is reporting that the new owner, Stephane Boivin, is seeking permission to demolish the property.Which doesn’t come as a huge surprise given that Mr. Boivin is planning a seven-story, mixed-use property adjacent to the Beastie abode, plus he already owns several other properties in the city.
The chorus of opposition to NYU’s expansion plan grows louder. (It’s not just the dogs and the neighbors anymore.) Forty-four different community leaders, politicians, preservationists and neighborhood groups have written a letter to Borough President Scott Stringer urging him to vote down the university’s ambitious, outsized project to build four new towers a few blocks south of Washington Square Park.
“We believe that the zoning changes, lifting of urban renewal deed restriction and taking of public open space requested by NYU is wrong in principle, and the developments which would follow from it would have a terribly detrimental impact,” the letter reads. “We believe that there are better alternatives to be consider by the University and the city.”
Old New York
Our pals over at Curbed picked up on our news that Sarah Jessica Parker had found a new home on East 10th Street, and they made an interesting connection we had missed:
Is this quiet Central Village block becoming Hollywood East? Amanda Seyfried just moved in a few doors down.
It’s true, Read More
Like many of New York’s grand old industrial buildings, the Bell Laboratories on Bethune Street in the West Village went quiet in the 1960s. But instead of being turned into just another loft building, the huge 13-building complex was transformed into the nation’s oldest and still largest artist cooperative. With help from the J.M. Kaplan Read More
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday expanded the Greenwich Village historic district, adding 235 buildings and 11 blocks between West 4th and West Houston streets, bordered by Sixth and Seventh avenues.
This extension—on the heels of a 2006 addition of 45 buildings to the area initially landmarked in 1969—brings the historic district to a Read More
In the first full week of the new year, the real estate story that encouraged the greatest flurry of angry letters, intervention from elected officials, and building violations was not Stuyvesant Town’s impending default, nor Atlantic Yards. It was, in essence, two sheets of cloth draped over a building in Greenwich Village.
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The city’s Board of Standards and Appeals approved on Tuesday zoning variances that would allow a 175-foot tower to be built at 437 West 13th Street in the Meatpacking District.
The 10-story, mixed-use tower, rebranded 860 Washington Street, will be allowed to be about 24 percent taller than the neighborhood’s current zoning allows, after developer Read More
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission today voted to landmark the I. M. Pei-designed Silver Towers, giving the set of NYU-owned apartment buildings known as University Village a protective status.
The action comes in connection with NYU’s plans to expand its space in the city by 6 million square feet in Read More
Greenwich Village may be notoriously prickly about new development, but will Donald Trump’s provocations never end?
Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and ardent Trump SoHo opponent, has just sent out a plea for like-minded activists to inundate the City Planning Commission with requests to "change the zoning for Read More