Village Preservation town hall on state of G.V. Historic District

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Village Preservation will hold its first town hall since 2013 on Sept. 25.

“Fifty years after the designation of the Greenwich Village Historic District, it’s a smashing success in many ways but also faces many very real challenges,” said Andrew Berman, director of Village Preservation.

According to Berman, the public forum will provide a great opportunity for residents to come together and discuss what should be preserved in the neighborhood and how preservation provisions should be enforced. It is also a chance to brainstorm about what needs to be done apart from landmarking to “protect, perpetrate and build upon the character of the neighborhood we love and call home.”

Director of Village Preservation Andrew Berman leading a discussion at a 2010 town hall in the basement of Our Lady of Pompeii Church. (Courtesy of Village Preservation).

Discussion topics will include: Should the district be expanded? How well are its provisions being enforced? What kind of an environment does a historic district create for small businesses and local institutions? How well does the Landmarks Preservation Commission work with stakeholders like residents and property owners? and Are changes too easy to make or too hard?

Representatives from community organizations, local politicians, business groups, preservation organizations and Community Board 2 will attend the town hall.

The free event is scheduled to take place at the L.G.B.T. Center, at 208 W. 13th St., Room 101, and will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Those interested can reserve a seat by sending an e-mail to

One Response to Village Preservation town hall on state of G.V. Historic District

  1. Lots of Luck. The Upper West Side, area on the National Register and the Landmarks Protection agency, all went down the tube because the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the AMNH was infested with right wing termites who handed out monies to all our so-called progressive Democrats plus all the agencies who were supposed to protect us and we were left with no protection. Some of the BOTs who were involved was Richard Gilder, a libertarian, a founder of the Manhattan Institute, libertarian think think tank, who donated $50M for the project that cost the tax payer about $200M, (without asking we taxpayers, no monies for housing). For that, he will have his name engraved in a supposedly Science Center with his name engraved in pink marble. Gilder thinks man has conquered nature. Another on the (BOT) is Rebekah Mercer who is so far right wing she can bust right through any opposition, and voted for Trump to boot.
    In the process, these termites destroyed a magnificent park, and is building a massive fossil-fueled new Museum.
    But keep on fighting it. Change can be good, but in this day and age of climate change, we must be very selective how we change.
    GV was one of my haunts in my younger days and I have lots of wonderful memories. When I go to 8th St. and surroundings, them days is gone.
    All the best of luck.

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