The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) has launched an online map and tour that celebrates the neighborhood’s designation as a historic district 50 years ago, on April 29, 1969.
The map shows the 2,200 buildings located within the district as they looked back in 1969, and has over 1,000 entries with information on those landmarks. The map is divided in 17 sections, including Transformative Women; Artists’ Homes; Social Change Champions; Course of History Changed; Great Writers; and Edward Hopper’s Greenwich Village.
The Transformative Women section includes the homes of Eleanor Roosevelt on Washington Square West, artist Miné Okubo on East 9th Street, women’s rights advocate Crystal Eastman on West 11th Street, and playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry on Waverly Place, among others.
On the other hand, the Social Change Champions section includes the former homes of James Baldwin, John Lennon, Isamu Noguchi, and Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch.
Also included in the interactive map are moments that changed the course of history at the District, such as the birth of the modern LGBT rights movement at the Stonewall Inn; the first courses in African-American Studies and Women’s Studies at The New School; and the opening of the first racially integrated nightclub in New York (Café Society) at 1 Sheridan Square.
Covering one hundred blocks, the Greenwich Village Historic District is the city’s largest and one of its oldest landmark districts. “The Greenwich Village Historic District is one of the most historically, culturally, and architecturally rich places on earth, and we hope this new tool will allow native New Yorkers and people across the globe to engage with and appreciate the tremendous resource it provides,” GVSHP executive director Andrew Berman said in a statement.
“Few places in the world have been the home to so many great artists, writers, thinkers, and advocates for social change, have witnessed so many trailblazing events in history, and contain so much charming and historic architecture,” Berman added.