The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously yesterday to approve the expansion of the Greenwich Village Historic District by 11 blocks. It was the district's biggest expansion in 41 years, and makes Greenwich Village the city's oldest and largest historic district. The expanded area is bounded roughly on the east and west by Sixth and Seventh avenues, and by West Fourth and Bedford streets on the north and south.

Notable newly land-marked buildings includes Our Lady of Pompeii church, the Varitype Building, a flatiron-shaped tower, and 31 Cornelia St., the site of Caffe Cino, the city's first off-off-Broadway theater. Despite the success, some preservationists are disappointed that the expansion didn't go farther: "We are still deeply troubled by what hasn't happened yet... This is just one third of the area we've proposed," said Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. Landmarks spokeswoman Lisi de Bourbon responded, "There should be no doubt that we are going to get to it...Our track record shows we have been incredibly responsive to this community, and we will continue to meet the demands of the neighborhood."