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15 things you didn’t know about the East Village

By Andrew Berman of Village Preservation, Fri, January 25, 2019

Earlier this month, GVSHP launched its East Village Preservation effort, releasing its new website “East Village Building Blocks,” which contains historic information and images for every one of the neighborhood’s 2,200 buildings. Of course, any neighborhood spanning five centuries of history and nearly 100 blocks will reveal some surprises when you scratch the surface. But the East Village’s story has some unique and unexpected twists and turns which are brought to light by this new online tool.  From the birthplace of the shag haircut to four former homes of Allen Ginsberg to the first federally-subsidized public housing project in America, here are just a few of those you’ll encounter.

All this and more

Daily Link Fix

NYC bus
  • NYC will get talking buses to warn pedestrians in their path. [Next City]
  • Next time you’re waiting for a train in the hot, smelly depths of Penn Station, you can thank the desperate executives of the Pennsylvania Railroad. [NYT]
  • It’s the 80th birthday of the First Houses, the city’s first foray into public housing. [Bedford + Bowery]
  • Don’t know what to do with all those dusty old sepia-toned photos? Upload them to this new website that shares vintage images from around the world. [SepiaTown]
  • This West Village couple “with little money and a lot of vision” transformed a 500-square-foot apartment into their dream home. [Domino]

Images: NYC bus via Sandman Design via photopin cc (L); Original Penn Station (R)


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