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8th St. problems were piling up

From The Villager, Feb. 8, 1973 A Page 1 article, “Crime and Garbage Top List of 8th St. Woes, Poll Says,” reported on a meeting to address downward-spiraling conditions in the Central Village. “The Main Street of Greenwich Village,” Eighth St., was swamped with trash, and crime ran rampant through the neighborhood. A survey filled read more here »

BY ERIC FERRARA  |  In February of 1891, a 35-year old German man named Christian C.W. Grassman arrived in New York City and quickly established himself in the real estate field. By the turn of the century he had co-founded the Grassman and Hirtz real estate company, located on the first floor of 94 St. read more here »

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Village’s ‘Little Hall of Fame’ had a memorable run

BY ERIC FERRARA  |  Called the “Old Village’s Most Famous Exhibit” by The New York Times when it closed in August of 1913, Britting’s was a popular dining spot known for its extensive display of playbills, portraits, autographs and theater memorabilia dating back to the 18th century. Proprietor Charles H. Britting was only 23 years read more here »

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Prison to Pad Thai, Bleecker building has seen it all

BY ERIC FERRARA  |  On the afternoon of Feb. 24, 1813, at the height of the War of 1812, the U.S.S. Hornet, an 18-gun warship, set its sights on a British sloop anchored on the Demerara River in Guyana, South America. While navigating a sandbar at the river’s mouth to position itself for an attack, read more here »

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A tale of two Manhattan Islands

BY ERIC FERRARA  |  A footnote in James Fenimore Cooper’s 1821 Revolutionary War-inspired novel “The Spy” declares, “Every Manhattanese knows the difference between ‘Manhattan Island’ and ‘the Island of Manhattan.’” If you visited the city two centuries ago, you had better have known the difference as well, lest you arouse the suspicious ire of a read more here »

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