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10 April 2011

South Village Rally

The South Village is under threat of losing more of its most precious historic buildings!

Today members of the community rallied on Sullivan Street to condemn the sale of the The Children's Aid Society to looming developers, including their next-door neighbor NYU. Over 100 years old, the society has been an integral part of the Greenwich Village and SoHo communities. Its mission is to "fill the gaps between what children have and what they need to thrive."

Community leaders urged the Landmarks Preservation Commission to quickly complete the designation of the South Village Historic District. Last June, LPC had officially landmarked 1/3 of the proposed area, but presently 2/3 still remains susceptible to over-development and demolition.

Andrew Berman, Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation and Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council, lead the well-attended rally by inviting notable community leaders to add pressure to the cause.

SoHo Alliance's Director, Sean Sweeney, drove the message home. Preservation is not just about landmarking the historic mansions on 5th Avenue. It is about recognizing the places that have touched our daily lives not just once, but continuously. The Children's Aid Society is an indispensable community resource and the parents, children, and members of the South Village Community who were in attendance at today's rally are proof that its loss will be greatly felt.

To help save the Children's Aid Society and the remaining 2/3 of the proposed South Village Historic, please send a letter to the city urging them to landmark the area immediately. You can find a letter template on the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation's website below:


1 comment:

  1. Jenn, this blog is such a welcome and much-needed resource for the preservation community! We look forward to reading more!

    Best of luck,
    Elizabeth and the gang at GVSHP