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GVSHP's public programs explore and celebrate historic preservation, the history and culture of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, and New York City's built environment. Annual flagship events include the House Tour Benefit and June's Village Awards honoring the businesses, individuals, and institutions that contribute to the legendary quality of life in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.

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 Fall 2018 Continuing Education for Real Estate Brokers

2018 Spring House Tour Benefit

2018 Annual Meeting & Village Awards

Past Programs





Caffé Cino – Off-Off Broadway and On the National Register
Celebrating LGBTQ History Month
Tuesday, October 23, 6:30pm
Judson Memorial Church. Enter at 239 Thompson Street




Ahead of the first anniversary of Caffé Cino's listing on the National Register of Historic Places, join Caffé Cino historian and veteran Magie Dominic, as well as Amanda Davis, Project Manager at the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project and author of the National Register nomination, to celebrate and learn about this groundbreaking, pre-Stonewall café theater.
Caffé Cino, located at 31 Cornelia Street from 1958 to 1968, was the creation of Joe Cino, an openly gay Italian-American producer who is credited with starting the "Off-Off-Broadway" theater movement. Caffe Cino was the first important venue to regularly stage Off-Off-Broadway productions, was critical in the development of gay theater, and served as a place of support for gay playwrights during a time when depicting LGBT experiences on stage was illegal.

Co-sponsored by the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project


This event is fully accessible





GVSHP Broker's Partnership Presents: Historic Lobbies of Lower Fifth Avenue
Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm
The Salmagundi Arts Club, 47 5th Ave




Explore the histories, architectural elements, luxury, and symmetry of lower Fifth Avenue’s historic residences with GVSHP Director of Research and Preservation Sarah Bean Apmann, in this slide lecture in the Salmagundi Arts Club’s historic parlor.  Lower Fifth Avenue’s apartment buildings are some of New York’s most classic pre- and post-war residences, icons of a certain style of New York living. Designed by a multitude of top-tier architects, they have remained throughout their lives some of the most sought-after places to live in Manhattan. Their lobbies, which bridge the gap between the public and the private, offer one important slice of their stories. Join us as we explore them.

Presented by the GVSHP Brokers Partnership.
Hosted by the Salmagundi Arts Club


This event is not fully accessible.

This event is currently full - click here to sign up for our waitlist.



Members Only ($250+): The Village at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sunday, October 28 12:30pm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue at 82nd Street



For museum lovers and skeptics alike, join us on a tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art! 
GVSHP member Gary Steinkohl is a Metropolitan Museum-trained docent known for his engaging and insightful tours. Gary has created a lively, private, hour-long exploration of the museum specifically for GVSHP. Learn about great artworks from around the world, as well as objects, artists, and stories with specific Greenwich Village connections. This will be a museum tour like you’ve never seen before! 
Refreshments will be provided after the tour.

This event is fully accessible.

Not a member at the $250 level but want to attend? Join or increase your support at gvshp.org/donate


To Register, Email rsvp@gvshp.org.



Village Macabre Walking Tour with Joyce Gold
Monday, October 29, 6:00pm
RSVP for meetup location




Celebrate this Halloween with Manhattan historian and tour guide Joyce Gold, as she presents her walking tour through the macabre history of Greenwich Village. Uncover some of the spookiest stories in New York, including mysterious murders, famous missing persons, unexplained specters, and ghostly hauntings. Find out why there are 20,000 people buried under Washington Square Park; where Edgar Allan Poe lived and what graveyard inspired The Raven; what famous painter died the same moment his painting fell a block away; and other spine-tingling mysteries. A true Halloween treat!

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible.

This program is currently sold out - sign up here for our waitlist.  



Book Talk: Visionary Women - How Jane Jacobs and Rachel Carson Changed our World
Thursday, November 8, 6:30pm
New York Ba'hai Center, 53 East 11th Street




Author Andrea Barnet brings to light her extensive research on the lives and work of Jane Jacobs and Rachel Carson, visionaries and activists with many similarities. Whether preserving Village architecture or our endangered planet, their ideas "not only turned out to be prescient but culture-changing—the catalyst to a radical shift in consciousness." We will explore the details and the beauty of that shift.
Andrea Barnet is the author of Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World, and All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930, and a nonfiction finalist for the 2004 Lambda Literary Awards. Her writing is in The New York Times Book Review, Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times, and others.

Books for sale by to Books on Call

This event is fully accessible.





Family Program: Story Time, Art Project, and The Glorious, Notorious, Mysterious (But Not So Serious) Family Scavenger Hunt!
Saturday, November 10, 2:30pm
Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave




Story Time, Artmaking, and Scavenger Hunting, oh my! Turrets, gables, paper bags ... and a big orange splot? Join us for a fun-filled family program as we read the beloved children's classic,The Big Orange Splot, follow mysterious clues on a family scavenger hunt, and explore the glorious Jefferson Market building. Modeled after a European castle, constructed as a courthouse, and transformed into a public library, this architectural treasure is 140 years old and filled with surprises! Finally, turn inspiration into a creation - your own architectural sensation. Art supplies will be provided! This is not a drop off program - CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

This event is not fully accessible.

Appropriate for children ages 4-11.





GVSHP Brokers Partnership Presents: The Andy Statman Trio plays the Museum at Eldridge Street
Wednesday, November 14 7:00pm
Museum at Eldridge Street 12 Eldridge Street




Join us for a special night featuring renowned musician Andy Statman and the Andy Statman Trio. In the stunning sanctuary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, they will perform their trademark blend of American roots music, prayerful Hasidic music, klezmer, and avant-garde jazz. The Museum at Eldridge Street synagogue is a New York City and National Historic Landmark and a monumental reminder of the Lower East Side's immigrant history. Built in 1887 and lovingly restored in the 2000s, it is an inspiring example of how historic spaces of all kinds can continue to enrich our modern lives.
A 6:00pm tour of the Museum is included with your visit.

$35 in advance. $45 at the door. Reservations recommended. Proceeds benefit GVSHP and the Museum at Eldridge Street.

This event is fully accessible





Bleecker Street Walking Tour
Friday, November 16, 3:00pm
Meet at 359 Bleecker Street between Charles and West 10th Streets.




Join GVSHP's Director of Research and Preservation Sarah Bean Apmann for a tour of the architectural and cultural gems of Bleecker Street. For everyone from Bob Dylan to Dylan Thomas, Jimi Hendrix to Alicia Keys, Bleecker Street has been the center of what's great about New York City. And now, the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce has launched the month-long #ShopBleecker event as this year's holiday shopping season begins, reminding everyone that Bleecker Street is still one of the best places in the city to shop, eat, and play. Enjoy #ShopBleecker all month! Select retailers along the twenty blocks that comprise the beautiful and historic Bleecker Street will be hosting in-store events and offering special deals and discounts. Learn more at www.villagechelsea.com.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible.

This program is currently sold out - sign up here for our waitlist.  




The Village's Little Secrets: Uncovering Mysteries in Brick and Mortar, Glass and Stone
Tuesday, November 20, 6:30pm
Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Avenue




Fun facts and anecdotes are hidden throughout the Village, but can we ever know all of them? Historian, cartographer, tour guide, and author John Tauranac's Manhattan's Little Secrets: Uncovering Mysteries in Brick and Mortar, Glass and Stone reveals the quirks that traditional guidebooks leave out. Tauranac will share his favorite architectural features, mysterious artworks, and hidden remnants from the city's earliest days.
John Tauranac has earned honors and awards for his extensive work and teaching. His books include the three editions of New York From the Air; The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark, Elegant New York; and Essential New York. He has contributed to The New York Times, The New York Observer, Travel & Leisure, New York Magazine, and other publications.

This event is fully accessible.

This program is currently sold out - sign up here for our waitlist.  



The Devil's Mile: The Rich, Gritty History of the Bowery
Tuesday, November 27, 6:30pm
Nuyorican Poet's Café, 236 East 3rd Street




Our island's first thoroughfare, the Bowery is over 600 years old. This street has seen dramatic changes in landscape, immigration from all corners of the world, and major class and business shifts. Author Alice Sparberg Alexiou brings us "colorful sketches" of the Bowery in her book, The Devil's Mile, which has been called "a learned pleasure." Alexiou will share these stories, giving us a fuller understanding of the street's history, politics, luminaries, punks, and divas -- and what's in store for its future.
Alice Sparberg Alexiou is a contributing editor at LILITH Magazine. Her books include Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary; The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Extraordinary City That Arose With It; and Devil's Mile: the Rich, Gritty History of the Bowery.

This event is fully accessible





Book Talk: Counter Institution by Nandini Bagchee
Wednesday, November 28, 6:30pm
Loisaida Center, 710 E 9th St




Author Nandini Bagchee examines three re-purposed buildings on the Lower East Side that have been used by activists over the past forty years. The Peace Pentagon was the headquarters of the anti-war movement, El Bohio was a metaphoric "hut" that envisioned the Puerto Rican Community as a steward of the environment, and ABC No Rio was appropriated from a storefront sign with missing letters by artists. These buildings are important components of struggles in New York City, providing a venue for political participation while existing as a vital part of the city's civic infrastructure. We will delve into the fascinating tension between insurgent activism and architecture, especially in light of more current perils of the real estate market.
Nandini Bagchee is an Associate Professor of Design and History at CCNY, CUNY and Principal of Bagchee Architects.

Co-Sponsored by the Loisaida Center and GVSHP

This event is fully accessible





Saving the Light: Restoration of Artist's Spaces in the Village
Thursday, November 29, 6:30pm
Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation, 526 LaGuardia Pl




The Village's long history as a hub for creatives altered the neighborhood's built architecture. Thanks to thorough restoration and preservation efforts, we can still enjoy these historic spaces. In this special panel conversation, we will gain glimpses of the mysterious spaces where artists created and displayed their work. From 2017 to 2018, the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation underwent an extensive restoration of Chaim Gross's studio. Similar work restored Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's studio at the New York Studio School, and Salmagundi Club's main gallery.
Architects, builders, and coordinators Kurt Hirschberg, Michael Devonshire, Alicia Cooper, and Carl Culbreth will join Gross Foundation Executive Director Sasha Davis to discuss these spaces, the restorations, and more.

Co-Sponsored by the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, the Salmagundi Art Club, and GVSHP

This event is fully accessible

Register by emailing rsvp@gvshp.org or calling 212-475-9585 ext.35



Members Only: Fred W. McDarrah's New York Scenes Book Celebration
Thursday, December 6, 6:30pm
The Strand's Rare Books Room, 828 Broadway




"For half a century, Fred W. McDarrah was Greenwich Village's photographer in residence," begins Sean Wilentz's introduction to the retrospective Fred W. McDarrah New York Scenes, from Abrams Books. "Fred left behind an unprecedented body of work... Nobody had ever come close to depicting what Fred did. The spirit inside these pictures tell magical stories." Join Sean Wilentz, Timothy McDarrah, and gallerist Steven Kasher for a slide show, short book talk, and celebration of the release of New York Scenes. From Jack Kerouac reading poetry, to Bob Dylan hanging out in Sheridan Square, to Andy Warhol filming in the Factory, to the Stonewall Riots, we will see the legendary birth of ideas and attitudes that continue to shape the character and allure of New York.

This event is fully accessible

Register by emailing rsvp@gvshp.org or calling 212-475-9585 ext.35

Not a member but want to attend? Join at gvshp.org/donate.



Curator Tour of Andy Warhol: Endangered Species at the East Village Ukrainian Museum
Wednesday, December 12, 2:00pm
Ukrainian Museum, 222 East 6th Street




Andy Warhol was a superstar of his own making, catalyzing change and raising awareness for people, places, objects and ideas that he rendered larger than life. In iconic silkscreened colors, Warhol's 1983 "Endangered Species" series sheds a fascinating new light on his legacy, using his platform to raise worldwide awareness for endangered wildlife. In a guided tour of these works, we will learn about how this series came to be and explore Warhol himself – the son of Eastern European immigrant parents in Pittsburgh. This exhibition is the first-ever Warhol show produced by a Ukrainian American organization – a fitting location, uniting his origins with his home in the New York avant-garde.

This event is fully accessible.
This event is part of the East Village Arts Festival with Tompkins Square Library


This program is currently sold out - sign up here for our waitlist.  



The Preservation and Future of Affordable Housing in the Village
Thursday, December 13, 6:30pm
Westbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune Street, Courtyard




The Mitchell Lama housing program was launched in 1955, to address the needs of New Yorkers for middle and low income housing. In 1970, the Westbeth complex opened as the largest in the world of its type of community housing, with a waiting list so long that it closed applications in 2007 and has yet to re-open them. The preservation of these initiatives is ongoing and crucial, and has been taken up by organizations like the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), which is building community power to win affordable housing and thriving, equitable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers through research, advocacy, and grassroots organizing. We will delve into these histories and futures, movements and battles with historians and Professors Jeffrey Lee Trask (Westbeth) and Nicholas Bloom (Mitchell Lama), ANHD Executive Director Benjamin Dulchin, and moderator Karen Kubey, co-founder of the Architecture for Humanity New York chapter and New Housing New York, and was the first executive director of the Institute for Public Architecture.

This event is fully accessible





Members Only ($500+): Holiday Celebration at Salmagundi

Sunday, December 16, 2:00pm
The Salmagundi Art Club, 47 5th Avenue




The lights are twinkling, there's music in the air, and we are celebrating this festive season by stepping back in time, through the doors of the elegant façade at 47 Fifth Ave.
The Salmagundi Art Club's landmark double-wide 1853 house is lovingly maintained and full of art, historic details, and ephemera that tell the story of the house and the Club itself, whose strong legacy provides a center for representational art. Members of GVSHP, the Merchant's House Museum, and the Salmagundi Art Club are invited to venture up the steps to see the art, enjoy a cocktail in the vintage bar, watch 5th Avenue go by from the elegant period parlor, and explore the building's library and countless original details. Spend time with friends new and old, learning too, about the important work our three organizations are doing to preserve our historic buildings, our neighborhood, and the legacies of art, community, architecture, and music we all hold dear.

Co-sponsored by the Salmagundi Art Club, GVSHP, and the Merchant's House Museum.

This event is not fully accessible


Register by emailing rsvp@gvshp.org or calling 212-475-9585 ext.35

Not a member at the $500 level but want to attend? Join or increase at gvshp.org/donate.

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Thank you for not wearing fragrances at GVSHP events for the health and consideration of others.

GVSHP’s programs are generously funded by: the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, City Councilmembers Rosie Mendez, Margaret Chin, and Corey Johnson, and GVSHP members.






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