Volume 74, Number 8 | June 23 - 29, 2004



The Village Community School on W. 10th and Greenwich Sts. won a Village Award for its new wing designed by architect Leo Blackman, left, under the direction of Eve Kleger, V.C.S. director, middle. Anthony Zunino, outgoing president of Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, presented the award.

Music, mangia, news and ‘olds’ at Village Awards

A Department of Sanitation worker, an Italian food business, Village Community School’s new wing, the Washington Sq. Arch restoration and The Villager were among the winners of the 14th annual Village Awards by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation honoring the people, places and institutions that make the Village and the East Village special neighborhoods.

The Parks Department’s $2.7 million restoration of the 109-year-old Washington Sq. Arch was another Village Award winner. The team that led the arch project included, from left, Mike Bolger, Parks Manhattan construction; architect Christopher Clay; consultant engineer Tim Lynch; Jonathan Kuhn, Parks director of art & antiquities; John Krawchuk, Parks director of historic preservation; architect Nicholas P. Koutsomitis and Amy Freitag, Parks Department deputy commissioner of capital projects.

St. Mark’s Historic Landmarks Fund, the organization responsible for maintaining St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery on E. 10th St. and Second Ave., the historic churchyard and the rectory behind the church, was also a Village Award winner.

A group of theaters, music venues and a poetry club on the Bowery collectively won Village Awards, including Bowery Ballroom, Bowery Poetry Club, CBGB, Amato Theater and the Bouwerie Lane Theatre.

The June 15 celebration was held at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl.

In presenting the award to The Villager, G.V.S.H.P. said the Village’s community weekly newspaper is a must-read, regularly covering important stories not found in the city’s daily newspapers, doing so in a professional and entertaining manner.

Andrew Raffetto, left, and his mother, Romana, received a Village Award for Raffeto’s, their 97-year-old Italian food business on W. Houston St.

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