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ARCHWAY REMOVED WHILE OWNERS ARE AWAY: In early July, while the owners were away in Europe, the company leasing the West Village restaurant at 17 Barrow Street, “One If By Land, Two If By Sea,” took down the white stone archway that marked the entry. The archway was in place in 1969, when the 1834 building was landmarked as part of the Greenwich Village Historic District. Therefore, its removal is in direct violation of the landmark ruling. As can be seen in the photo above, in addition to being in violation of the landmark ruling, the new façade is generic and charmless. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) began receiving many distressed calls about the defacement. They quickly reached out to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to report the unpermitted work, ask for inspections, and seek immediate enforcement action. Thus far the LPC has issued a stop-work order and violations for the illegal work. GVSHP has promised to pursue this case to seek full enforcement of the law and restoration of the historic architectural archway, which the LPC can require. The WestView News will continue to report on this issue until it has been resolved and the original archway is restored. —Janet Capron

 

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