Round 2 for Congregation Shearith Israel Tower Plan at Community Board 7

From Landmark West! Monday, November 19, at 7:00 PM is an important opportunity to make your voice heard before Community Board 7’s (CB 7’s) Land Use Committee as it considers Congregation Shearith Israel’s application to construct a 105′-tall building stacking 5 floors of luxury condos on top of a new community house on the brownstone-scale […]

St. Vincent's Must Build or City Is Doomed to Fail – from the NY Sun

Never let it be said that we don’t give air-time to the anti-landmarks crowd.Let St. Vincent’s BuildNew York Sun Staff EditorialNovember 13, 2007URL: The blocks around St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village are full of the eclectic diversity that makes New York’s street life second to none. There is celebrated Israeli food at […]

Rally for Affordable Housing in the Village & St. Vincent's Community Meeting

From Rob Hollander, LES Residents for Responsible Development Friends and neighbors, Village Independent Democrats is holding a demonstration against St. Vincent’s Hospital’s plan to build a 500-unit luxury condo tower without any affordable housing: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6pm170 W 12th Street, corner 7th Ave.Bring signs demanding affordable housing. Following the demonstration, St. Vincent’s Hospital will […]

Updates on St. Vincent's Plan & the South Village landmarking efforts

from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation St. Vincent’s/Rudin Plan Public Meeting: St. Vincent’s Hospital will be hosting its “Community Working Group” on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 pm in its Cronin Cafeteria, 170 W. 12th Street. These meetings are open to the public and provide an opportunity to hear from the hospital and […]

St. Vincent's Plan Revealed, NYU Long Term Plans, the Truth about Trump and more

St. Vincent’s/Rudin Development Plan Unveiled: On Wednesday, St. Vincent’s Hospital and developers the Rudin family unveiled their initial draft plans for a new hospital and several new luxury housing developments on the current St. Vincent’s Hospital site. The plan is to tear down all eight of their current hospital buildings east of 7th Avenue, and […]

Updates from GVSHP: Billboards, NYU & Rally to Save the South Village

1) Please see Metro NY’s story on GVSHP’s work around, and frustration with, the proliferation of illegal billboards in the Meatpacking District — see or Please also see for GVSHP’s recent letter to the Department of Buildings tracking illegal billboards in our neighborhood and urging swifter enforcement action be taken. 2) Please […]

Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue Development Returns

From Landmark West! ( After more than a year of watching and waiting, Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI) is back with its controversial plan to develop 5 stories of luxury condos on top of a new community house at 8 West 70th Street. Community Board 7’s Land Use Committee will hold a public meeting to discuss […]

Meanwhile, Uptown at the Spanish-Portugese Synagogue

A Classical Gem Off Central Park WestAbroad in New YorkBY FRANCIS MORRONESeptember 20, 2007URL: In the hot Manhattan real estate market, nonprofit institutions are seeking to increase revenues by exploiting air rights. One high-profile example is Congregation Shearith Israel on the Upper West Side, which hopes the city will grant permission to allow for […]

GTS approved by Landmarks

From the Episcopal Church: New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission gave approval to General Theological Seminary (GTS) for the construction of a new seven-story mixed-use residential building on Ninth Avenue and a five-story administration building to be constructed on 20th Street in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. The decision, given at a public hearing on […]

Development Looming Over the New-York Historical Society

From Landmark West!: This much is certain, whether it is this year, next year or 5 years from now, the Society intends to move forward with its “Phase 2” tower plan. Here is the question: When will the Society face the community, reveal its plans, and begin the dialogue it evaded in the first round? […]