Village to Become (Officially) Designated from the Rest

It is arguably the most famous neighborhood in the world, and today preservationists have moved to landmark a swath of Greenwich Village.

The proposed area would stretch from parts of West Fourth Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues up to Bedford Street, and will include about 210 buildings.

The Village has been home and muse to some of the most influential artists, writers and musicians of the late 20th century, from Jack Kerouac, to Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan.

“People think of this area as a big part of Greenwich Village and they are amazed to find out it’s not in the historic district,” Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, told the Post.

"Bleecker Street, Carmine Street, Jones Street -- these streets are the heart of the Village," Berman said. 

These streets are the backdrop of famous photos such as the cover of Dylan’s breakthrough album, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” where he and then-girlfriend Suze Rotolo were photographed walking in the snow.

Born a working-class neighborhood, Greenwich Village became an icon of the free spirit and a center of artistry, activism and counterculture in the 20th Century.

The Village is only one of several districts being considered by the Landmarks Preservation Commission today.

The projected designations are:

* Prospect Heights, Brooklyn: 850 buildings.

* Upper East Side: Two extensions of the current district, 76 buildings.

* SoHo: An extension of the Cast Iron District, adding 100 buildings.

* Crown Heights North, Brooklyn: Adding 610 buildings to the current district

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