Save The Sunshine

Soho has many historically preserved buildings thanks to the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation (GVSHP).  Gods Love We Deliver, (GLWD) a non-profit on the corner of 6th Avenue and Spring Street in Soho, operates out of a 2-story non-historically preserved building.  Growth over the years created the need for GLWD to expand.  To do so, an additional […]

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From Farmland to Factories

In the late 1700’s, the areas now known as the Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, West Village and, most importantly, Soho was farmland.  The “Lispenard Meadows” and the “Bayard Farm” are two notable farms that are now Soho. Lispenard Meadow Broadway and Spring In the early 1800’s, the wealthy moved into the area and started building […]

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How Jane Jacobs Saved Soho

In 1964, a plan was re-initiated to build a 10-lane, $100M ($751M in today’s dollars) highway connecting the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, NY, to the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City, NJ. The 10-lanes would cut through all the streets running east-west between Canal and Broome Streets. The project was called LOMEX which stood for the Lower […]

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The Case Of The Disappearing Cobblestone…

One of the distinctive and charming qualities of Soho are the side streets lined with original cobblestone.  This cobblestone was brought in from Belgium in the 1700’s and is known as “Belgian Block“.  This replaced the dirt and oyster shell roads of Manhattan’s past.  Over the years, the cobblestone roads were replaced with pavement, but a heavy concentration […]

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