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South Village Designated a Landmark District

By Max Willens | December 18, 2013 1:32pm
 The Minetta Tavern and Cafe Wha? are among the buildings within the area landmarked by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Dec. 17, 2013.
The Minetta Tavern and Cafe Wha? are among the buildings within the area landmarked by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Dec. 17, 2013.
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Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

MANHATTAN — A 13-block plot of Manhattan was designated as the South Village Historic District on Tuesday, when the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a request locals say they began over 10 years ago.

The 240-building area, which is roughly bound by Washington Square South, LaGuardia Place, West Houston Street and Sixth Avenue, is the second phase of a preservation campaign spearheaded by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and the largest landmarks preservation to take place in Greenwich Village since 1969, according to the group.

“This is a long-overdue victory for this neighborhood and for anyone who loves New York’s rich immigrant history and long tradition of cultural innovation,” Andrew Berman, the society’s executive director, said in a statement.

Caffe Reggio, Café Wha?, the Village Gate theater and the Little Red School House fall within the landmarked district. The designation restricts demolitions and alterations of existing buildings.

A party celebrating the vote was scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Le Poisson Rouge, the music venue. It was open to the public.

Following the vote Tuesday, GVSHP sent a letter to Manhattan Community Board 2 asking for a hearing and a resolution to move ahead with the third phase of its campaign. Phase 3 would landmark an additional area roughly bound by West Houston Street, Sixth Avenue, Thompson Street and Watts Street.

“[The] vote was a great victory for everyone who fought so hard to make it happen, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Berman said. 

"In the new year with the new administration, we will be pushing hard to landmark the remaining unprotected areas of the South Village."