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Another Greenwich Village superblock is making news. The NY State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently ruled Washington Square Village, the double-slab apartment complex just north of Silver Towers, eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The ruling includes the elevated landscaped plaza at the center of the complex, one of the earliest parking structure roof gardens in the country. The SHPO evaluation notes that the complex meets “Criterion C” as an impressive example of postwar urban renewal planning and design. ... MORE

The saga of 510 Fifth Avenue (former Manufacturers Trust Co.) came to a conclusion on April 19, as the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved Vornado Realty Trust’s application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for its proposed modifications to accommodate two tenants, based on some further design refinements.... MORE

Manufacturers Trust 510 Fifth, Location: New York NY, Architect: Skidmore Owings & Merrill

On April 5, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved NYU’s proposed renovations and alterations to the landmarked Silver Towers/University Village site (I.M. Pei & Associates, 1960–1967). On the commendable side, NYU will replace unsympathetic fences with less obtrusive low rails, repair and restore concrete site walls, benches and pavements, plant new trees to fill gaps in the grid of oak trees along Bleecker Street and bring back the oh-so-sixties multi-globe light fixtures. ... MORE

PCF&P/George Cserna

Last month St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers joined with the North Shore-LI Jewish Health System and the Rudin Family to announce plans for the redevelopment of the O’Toole Building as a comprehensive care health center. With the bankruptcy and closure of St. Vincent’s Hospital leaving the future of the O’Toole Building up in the air, this is welcome news.... MORE