Andrew Berman of GVSHP Nominated to 2013 Vanity Fair Hall of Fame

Posted on: June 21st, 2013 at 6:15 am by
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[Andrew Berman rallying at 35 Cooper Square, c. 2011]Congratulations to Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation for his nomination to the 2013 Vanity Fair hall of fame. Anyone who follows local preservation efforts knows that Berman is constantly on the front lines, in the trenches fighting the perpetual uphill battle against developers and gentrification. No rally or cause is too big (or small) for the tireless activist; he and the organization are everywhere.

A snippet from the Vanity Fair profile explains why he deserves the honor:

BECAUSE Berman is savvy and pugnacious enough to recognize that there is no respite for the preservationist, ever, from those who would make the Village “bigger, glassier, newer.”

BECAUSE, let’s face it, Berman can be an ornery, contentious cuss capable of rubbing even his allies the wrong way—but, then, so was Jane Jacobs, the quintessential Villager, whose bloody-mindedness saved Lower Manhattan from Robert Moses’s plans to put an expressway through it.




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