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Anthony Dapolito

Community advocate Anthony Dapolito was active in Greenwich Village from the early 1950s until his death in 2003. He speaks about the politics involved in closing Washington Square to traffic and in preserving the South Village.

Interviewed by Vicki Weiner
October 5, 1997
People: Carmine G. DeSapio, Shirley Hayes, Hulan E. Jack, Jane JacobsRobert Moses, Elsa Steinert, Robert C. Weinberg
Organizations: Lower East Side Neighborhood Association, Lower West Side Civic League, Manhattan Community Board 2, Washington Square Association
Places: Greenwich Village, Hudson Street, Little Italy, Lower Manhattan Expressway, South Village, SoHo, Thompson Playground, Washington Square

Anthony Dapolito was on Manhattan Community Board 2 for over fifty years. A lifelong villager, he was involved in several of the battles against Robert Moses, in particular, the effort to save the South Village from an urban renewal plan, and the battles against the Lower Manhattan Expressway. Dapolito was a strong community advocate, always fighting to preserve people’s homes and improve their quality of life, such as preventing the widening of Hudson Street, and to help find a new non-residential site for the Thompson Street Playground to be built. He shares his remembrances of the fight to close Washington Square to traffic and the push for lower zoning designations for Greenwich Village and Little Italy. He also speaks about many prominent political and preservation figures in Greenwich Village such as Shirley Hayes, Jane Jacobs, and Carmine De Sapio.

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