Vincent swallows the Village
If for some reason you have this rainy April Fools' Day off, head over to the hearings at Manhattan Community College, where Villagers and preservationists alike will square off against St. Vincent's plans to sell, tear down and rebuild.
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation helpfully passes along these talking points:
* It is the largest proposed development EVER in a New York City landmark district; if approved, it would include the two largest buildings EVER approved in any of NYC's ninety landmark districts (even those in Midtown and the Financial District) in the 43 year history of NY'S landmarks law.
* The plan proposes to demolish nine buildings in the Greenwich Village Historic District, some of which are as much as 85 years old. No one has ever sought, much less gotten permission for, demolition of nine buildings in a NYC landmark district.
Also, there is this helpful vid: