Following a three-year campaign for historic district designation by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) and its Save Gansevoort Market project, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to approve the proposed Gansevoort Market Historic District on September 9, 2003. The designation will play a crucial role in preserving the historic character of one of the most vibrant High Line neighborhoods.
Announcing the designation, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said, "We are very excited about the critical role that the Gansevoort Market Historic District, with its unique sense of place and historic importance, will play in the development of the Far West Side. This is just the first of several key projects, including the restoration of the High Line, the construction of Hudson River Park, and the development of the Hudson Yards, that form the core of the administration's plans for the Far West Side. When completed, these projects will revitalize the West Side of Manhattan, forming a necklace of dynamic waterfront communities, each with their own unique assets."
To view the Landmark Preservation Commission's press release, click here.
This major preservation victory could not have happened without the diligent work of Save Gansevoort Market co-chairs Jo Hamilton and Florent Morellet and GVSHP executive director Andrew Berman (all three of whom have also been dedicated supporters of the High Line's preservation). Friends of the High Line extends them thanks and congratulations.