Macdougal Street has now been co-named Norman Buchbinder Way, and a gorgeous plaque has been hung at the Northeast corner of West 8th Street and Macdougal to memorialize him and all of the lasting changes he brought to the street and the neighborhood.
Norman Buchbinder (1922-2007) was deeply involved in revitalizing 8th Street and Macdougal Street after years of decay and neglect in the 1970s and 80s. Despite the street's suffering across the years, he believed in Greenwich Village's "Main Street" and dedicated his own efforts and funds to bringing it back to its former glory.
He hired a small staff out of his own pocket to photograph each building on the street in order to best document and learn about the street. He personally reached out to tenants and researched property ownership to rally support for restoring 8th Street to the healthy, vibrant place that it once was and now is today. As part of these efforts, he founded the Village Alliance Business Improvement District in 1993 which worked under his leadership to widen sidewalks, plant new trees, install historic lampposts, and so much more.
The Buchbinder family remains extremely involved with 8th Street and the surrounding community, and they continue to share stories of Norman and his bold civic-mindedness and kind nature. He never gave up on 8th Street, and his tireless efforts have made it a thriving thoroughfare of diverse businesses, delightful personalities, and a true home to so many more.
A special thank you to Manhattan Community Board 2 and Councilmember Margaret Chin, for it is because of them that Norman Buchbinder and all of his efforts will live on in the streets of Greenwich Village forever.