Scope and arrangement
The Harold Edelman collection on Greenwich Village (1957-1967) contain architectural drawings, notes and reports from Edelman's firm relating to studies undertaken in the Greenwich Village area and the rehabilitation of Washington Square Park. Notes and maps from three studies- the Greenwich Village Study of 1957, the Gansevoort Study of 1965, and the Verrazano Study of 1967-make up the majority of the collection. The Greenwich Village Study was created to try to mediate conversations between the Village residents and the city council's desire for expanded roads, parking and public housing. The Gansevoort Study material includes memos about the area as well as maps of the Gansevoort Market area, complete with the piers, noting their condition, year of construction, and whether they are owner or tenant occupied. The records also include zoning maps, assessed land valuations, maps showing sound and unsafe properties, traffic and transportation studies, and copies of the proposed West Side Highway. The Verrazano study materials include traffic and transportation studies, assessed land valuations, maps showing vacant, occupied, and commercial properties. The studies identified whether some blocks should be demolished to create affordable housing. The collection also includes a complete set of 8 architectural blueprints pertaining to Edelman's work on Washington Square Park in 1967.