Crandell, library, bar, bookshop to get awards
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservations 15th annual Village Awards on June 22 will honor seven people and institutions whose activities have given the neighborhood its distinctive character.
Keith Crandell, who died May 28 at the age of 77 after more than two decades devoted to peace, justice and preserving his Noho district, will receive a posthumous Village Award, to be accepted by his wife Annie Shaver-Crandell.
Visiting Neighbors, which provides seniors in the Village and adjacent neighborhoods with friendly visits, shopping services and information about public and private social service agencies, will receive an award. Cynthia Maurer, executive director of the agency located at 611 Broadway will accept the award.
The Ottendorfer Branch Library, 135 Second Ave., will win an award for the recent renovation that includes a childrens reading room, a multilingual collection and preserves the historic architecture of the interior and exterior of the 1883 building. Linda Caycedo, branch librarian, and Thea Osborn, childrens librarian, will receive the award.
The Municipal Archives, at 31 Chambers St., will get a Village Award for assisting researchers, scholars and students and helping the G.V.S.H.P., in particular, in its research of the East, Far West and South Village districts. The city Department of Records Commissioner Brian O. Andersson; Deputy Commissioner Eileen M Flannelly; Assistant Commissioner Kenneth Cobb; and Leonora A. Gidlund, director of Municipal Archives, are citied in the award.
Knickerbocker Bar & Grill, 33 University Pl., receives the Village Award and a citation as a renowned Village hangout with good, reasonably priced food and some of the best jazz in the city. Stephen Jones, owner and manager, will accept the award.
Biography Bookshop, 400 Bleecker St., won the award for its character as a neighborhood bookstore offering a wide variety of books, friendly and helpful service and late-night hours. Carolyn Epstein and Chuck Mullen, owners, are cited in the award.
For the recent renovation of Abingdon Sq. Park, bounded by W. 12th and Hudson Sts., Bethune St. and Eighth Ave., Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and George Vellonakis, landscape architect with the department, will receive a Village Award.
The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wed., June 22, at Village Community School, 272 W. 10th St.