Greenwich Village gets landmark status

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York neighborhood that was stage to generations of American cultural greats, from Edgar Allan Poe to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, is in better shape to last the ages as the city's newest historic landmark.

About 250 buildings in the Greenwich Village neighborhood that reach back to the early 1800s gained historic district status Tuesday from the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission. They include houses, famed small theaters and clubs that produced writers, artists and musicians like Lenny Bruce and Eugene O'Neill.

The 13-block South Village Historic District south of Washington Square Park also includes America's first Italian coffeehouse, the San Remo Cafe. It was a favorite hangout of Miles Davis, Jack Kerouac, Dylan Thomas and a lineup of others.

The historic district status should help preservation efforts.

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