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Today's Featured Building: 302 West 12th Street

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Abingdon Square Park
This stately building, 302 West 12th Street, was made a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Commission. One of the Bing and Bing buildings, it was built in 1931, and has a sister building, 299 West 12th Street. Both buildings are steps away from Abingdon Square Park, one of New York City's oldest green spaces. The park is managed by the Abington Square Conservancy, a local non for profit community organization in conjunction with the New York City parks and recreation.


The neighboring Park, Abingdon Square Park has a romantic history, it was purchased as a wedding gift from Sir Peter Warren for his daughter Charlotte and her finance, the fourth Earl of Abingdon, for whom it was named in 1740. The West Village, which is part of Greenwich Village holds a large number of landmark and historic buildings. Further along 12th Street, one can still peruse the old cobblestone roads of yesteryear.


History brims throughout the West Village, dubbed "Little Bohemia" in 1916. It is known for its rich artistic history. In 1910 it was also named "America's Bohemia" , and became a tourist area as a result. Its community combined political radicals such as Max Eastman with writers like Theodore Dreiser and Edna St. Vincent Millay and artists such as John Sloan. The era was documented by Jessie Tarbox Beals, Greenwich Village's official photographer and is recognized as the first female photojournalist.[1]


This historic area features many landmark buildings ranging from the days when New York was a dutch settlement through the art deco movement to modern times. Some of the local bars are steeped in literary history, such as jazz history in the Village Vanguard, the Westbeth Artists Community, which provides art tours. The cobblestone roads dating from the 18th century can still be found throughout the neighborhood.


Both 302 West 12th Street, its sister property and two others have the unique distinction of being the only pre World War II condominium buildings in the West Village. Thanks to the landmarks commission, thoughtful boards, and careful management, buildings like these are enjoying new life while preserving their distinctive style.


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