OK Harris Opening Exhibition Saturday December 14th, 2013

OK Harris is an art gallery at 383 West Broadway showcasing contemporary art and photography. {I previously wrote about their cigar shop attached to the gallery, OK Cigars, here and their November 2013 Exhibition here}.  During the year, OK Harris exhibits six, one-person shows seven times per year. The gallery’s main concern is to show the […]

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South Village Was Approved As A Historic District!

Yesterday was a big day for the South Village.  Most of Soho is historically preserved, however, the area known as the “South Village” which is directly west of the cast-iron Soho district is not.  I live in the South Village, and became interested in the preservation efforts for the neighborhood.  I volunteer with the Greenwich Village […]

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Community Board 2 Meetings In December 2013

Community Board 2 (CB2) meets several times per month and plays an important advisory role dealing with land use and zoning matters, city budget, municipal service delivery and many other matters relating to their communities’ welfare.  Read about CB2 more here.  During the month of December, there will be several meetings discussing Soho businesses and buildings.  Community Board […]

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JFK’s 50th Anniversary, “My Kennedy Years” At Westwood Gallery

In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination, Westwood Gallery in Soho is exhibiting a series of photographs taken by Jacques Lowe, showcasing intimate settings of JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy.  The exhibition runs through January 31, 2014.  JFK’s 50th Anniversary, “My Kennedy Years” At Westwood Gallery. I toured the exhibit the day before the initial launch […]

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Characters And Where To Spot Them In Soho

When I looked at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade characters for 2013, there were three I never heard of:  Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, Toothless, and The Elf on the Shelf.  I must be getting older!!  Some of the others seemed predictable:  SpongeBob SquarePants, Snoopy and Woodstock, Hello Kitty, Buzz Lightyear, Pikachu, Pillsbury Doughboy, and Spider-Man.  I didn’t realize that Pokémon was […]

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Read the Streetscape Of Soho Cast-Iron Architecture

We all know why the Soho Cast Iron District exists.  However, many were left wondering HOW these buildings were built, what materials were used, and what technologies were around to do so in the 19th Century?  On Saturday, November 16, from 2-4PM at the Center For Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place), Catherine Teegarden, Director of Education will teach you to read the streetscape of […]

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OK Harris Opening Exhibition – November 2, 2013

OK Harris is an art gallery at 383 West Broadway showcasing contemporary art and photography.  {I previously wrote about their cigar shop attached to the gallery, OK Cigars, here}  During the year, OK Harris exhibits six, one-person shows seven times per year.  The gallery’s main concern is to show the most significant artwork of our time.  Check out […]

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Third Streaming – Interdisciplinary Art Gallery In Soho

I came across an article about an exhibition on Hotel Chelsea (a famous hotel which closed in August 2011) at Third Streaming, providing the perfect opportunity to tour and learn about the gallery space. Third Streaming is on the second floor of an 1869 warehouse building designed by B. Snook and Sons. The space is […]

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The Smelliest Tree in Soho – 97-103 Sullivan Street

Every October, I pass Vesuvio Playground on Sullivan Street (between 97-103 Sullivan) and its hard not to notice the extremely potent smell.  The first year, I thought it was a one-off.  The second year I realized that it must happen every year, near October. This year, I wanted to find out what type of tree […]

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Buildings That Come in Threes

Walking down the street’s of Soho, and several neighborhoods in NYC (Greenwich Village, East/West Village and the Lower East Side), walk-up buildings, known as tenements, line the streets.  After the grid system was established in 1811, lots of land were divided into 25 feet wide by 100 feed deep lots.  If you’re walking in Soho, there are several […]

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Why The Soho Cast-Iron Historic District Exists

The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) was established in 1965 and is responsible for identifying and designating NYC’s landmarks and buildings in the City’s historic districts. The Commission also regulates changes to designated buildings.  Almost all of Soho is included in the Soho Cast-Iron Historic District, which was designated by the LPC in 1973 and extended in 2010. The Landmark […]

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Transformation of Soho – Robert Herman’s “The New Yorkers”

On Thursday, September 12 from 6:30-8:00 PM, Robert Herman will present his photographic collection titled “The New Yorkers” at the Washington Square Institute (41-51 East 11th Street, 4th Floor).  The event is hosted by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and unfortunately, reached capacity so make sure to check out the re-cap on the GVSHP blog. Robert […]

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Get Active in Soho – Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP)

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) was founded in 1980 to preserve the architectural heritage and cultural history of Greenwich Village, including SoHo, west of West Broadway, the East Village, and NoHo. GVSHP is a leader in protecting the sense of place and human scale that define the Village’s unique community. The Executive Director is Andrew […]

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BAMRA – Bleecker Area Residents and Merchants Association

Bleecker Street, which is actually one block NORTH of Houston, is a one-way street that goes from the west to the east.  Originally known as a center for American “Bohemia“, Bleecker Street is now known for its numerous night and comedy clubs, such as “Le Poisson Rouge“.  Bleecker Street was originally named for the Bleecker family, who […]

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Community Board 2

Community Boards have an important advisory role in dealing with land use and zoning matters, City budget, municipal service delivery and many other matters relating to their communities’ welfare. Community Board 2 in Manhattan includes Greenwich Village, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, Hudson Square, the Gansevoort Market, and most importantly, Soho. Its physical boundaries are the south […]

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