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South Village Historic District


People are surprised that the Hudson Park Library is not landmarked nor is it in a historic district.

The line of townhouses just across the street are most definitely landmarked. Afterall, one of New York's most famous mayors lived there. But, no, Hudson Park has not been so designated. True, the building is 103 years old and was designed by Carrere and Hastings, the architects of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (aka the library with the Lions out front). It is a Carnegie Library, one of dozens in the city, so called because it was funded by Andrew Carnegie. Shouldn't it be landmarked? Or, at least, in a historic district?

Well, now, progress is being made in designating Hudson Park's neighborhood a historic district -- The South Village Historic District. Check out this map and send in your comments. Do you ever use "South Village" as a name for this neighborhood? What do you call it? I've heard West Soho.

(Personally, I say that Hudson Park is in the Village or the West Village but this historic district goes well south of the West Village.)


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Hudson Park is obviously in

Hudson Park is obviously in the Village (as in Greenwich). Anything btwn Houston and 14th west of 6th ave is the village, where the old skewed grid prevails. Of course, the Village has crept eastward to 5th, Bway, and essentially abuts the east village, though I'm not sure where E meets W (5th? Bway?). Soho ends at Houston.

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