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GVSHP's tours, book talks, exhibitions, continuing education and other 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.

Annual Meeting & Village Awards

Continuing Education for Real Estate Professionals

Past Programs

McSorley's, My Dad, and Me
Monday, July 24th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 E 3rd St

Since it opened in 1854, McSorley's Old Ale House has been a New York institution. This is the landmark watering hole where Abraham Lincoln campaigned and Boss Tweed kicked back with the Tammany Hall machine; where a pair of Houdini's handcuffs found their final resting place;and where soldiers left behind wishbones before departing for the First World War, never to return and collect them. Many of the bar's traditions remain intact, from the newspaper-covered walls to the plates of cheese and raw onions, the sawdust-covered floors to the tall-tales told by its bartenders.

McSorley's is also home to deep, personal stories – including that of Geoffrey "Bart" Bartholomew, a career bartender of 45 years, and his son Rafe who grew up helping his dad at the landmark bar. Join Rafe to talk about his new book on the topic, where he explores McSorley’s bizarre rituals, bawdy humor, and eccentric tasks, including protecting decades-old dust on treasured artifacts and defending a 150-year-old space against the worst of Hurricane Sandy.

Free. Reservations required.
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Sustainability in the Town Square
Thursday, July 27th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
The New School, Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street

There’s lots of talk in preservation about how we can make our historic homes greener and more sustainable. But as we face the realities of climate change, our public spaces should be areas of focus, too. Neighborhood gathering spaces can not only serve as important logistical resources, but they shape how we as members of communities – neighborhoods, New Yorkers, Americans – interact and engage with issues bigger than ourselves. Victoria Herrmann has traveled the globe to tackle these topics, and she’ll discuss why public spaces matter in an era of rapid environmental change, why historic preservation is vital, and how we can build neighborhood resilience by adapting our historic public spaces. We’ll explore concrete ways you can push for new policies, at the local and national level, and how we can all learn to be advocates for useful and sustainable historic public spaces. This event is presented in partnership with The New School and cohosted by the Schools of Public Engagement.

Victoria Herrmann is the President and Managing Director of The Arctic Institute. Her work focus on climate change, community adaptation, human development, and resource economies, with a particular focus on Arctic oil and gas. She is a Gates Scholar at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, where she is pursuing a PhD in Political Geography of the Arctic. In 2016, Victoria is traveling across the United States for a National Geographic funded book on climate change stories, America’s Eroding Edges. She is the author of Arctic Melt: Turning Resource Extraction into Human Development (2015) and has been published in many peer-review journals, including the Polar Law Yearbook, Polar Record, and Polar Geography. Her expert opinion has appeared on CNN, BBC, and NPR among others.

Free. Reservations Required.
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Christodora Book Talk
Tuesday, August 1st, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
KGB Red Room, 85 East 4th Street, 3rd Floor

Tim Murphy’s Christadora follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine around an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a celebrated AIDS activist turned lonely addict, becomes connected to Milly and Jared’s lives in ways none of them can anticipate. As the counterculture residents of the 1980s give way to the hipsters of the 2000s and they, in turn, to the wealthy residents of the glass-towered city of the 2020s, enormous changes rock the personal lives of our East Villagers. Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and AIDS activism to the New York City of the 2020’s, Christodora brings to life the ever-changing city itself.This event is the concluding meeting of the first-ever Village Book Club, where members read and discussed Christadora together over the course of the summer. The book club topics will be generally discussed, but the event will be great for people not in the book club, too.

Free (with one-drink minimum). Reservations required.
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Walk and Draw: MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens
Saturday, August 5th, 11:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.

On August 2nd, the MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens celebrates its 50th anniversary as a historic district! This 21-building district, including a private courtyard garden, is uniquely small and undeniably charming. To celebrate the designation, join artist and Villager Nick Golebiewski on a combination tour and drawing workshop. Each tour attendee will draw at least one of the 21 homes in the district, as Nick provides history, instruction, and tips along the way. By the end of the tour, our individual sketches will create a new hand-drawn map of the district. No artistic ability or experience necessary! Pens and pocket sketchbooks, yours to take home after the tour, generously provided by Jerry’s Palette Shop.

Photo credit: Esther Crain/Ephemeral New York.

Free. Reservations required.
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Capturing the Lower East Side's Storefronts:
Opening Reception for Photo & Oral History Exhibition
Monday, August 14th, 6:00.– 9:00 p.m.
Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue

Experience activism and community through the lens of photographers, as they display their work from two free 2017 workshops with acclaimed photographers and award-winning authors Karla and James Murray. In two sessions at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, the famed duo taught participants how to use photography and oral history to raise public awareness, build community, and encourage advocacy. Participants learned to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts and connected with proprietors through interviews. Exhibition open through September 18. Wine and light bites provided.

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The Merchant’s Misfortune: The Merchant’s House Museum – A Tale of Survival
Wednesday, August 16th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Avenue

Built in 1832, the Merchant’s House at 29 East 4th Street is the City’s only family home to have survived intact – inside and out – from the 19th century. Home to a prosperous merchant family and their Irish servants for almost 100 years and open as a museum since 1936, the late-Federal and Greek Revival Merchant’s House is considered one of the finest surviving examples of domestic architecture from the period. The Merchant’s House was the first building in Manhattan designated a landmark in 1965 and now also one of only 117 interior landmarks in the city. The Landmarks Law in 1965 may have saved it from the wrecker’s ball, but not the inevitable ravages of time.

Michael Devonshire, Director of Conservation at the firm Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, which has overseen all restoration work on the building since 1990, will present a detailed restoration history of this remarkable historic house. He is also a commissioner at the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Presented in partnership with the Merchants House Museum.

Free. Reservations Required.

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Cheese Please! Members Only Summer Tasting 
Monday, August 28, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Murray’s Cheese, 254 Bleecker St

Join fellow GVSHP members at Murray’s Cheese for a fun night of seasonal snacks. Since 1940, Murray’s has provided Greenwich Village (and New Yorkers everywhere) with the most delectable cheese and other fine foods.  On this summer evening, you’ll enjoy the best of Murray’s summer selections, and learn a bit about what it takes to make cheese that tastes so good. Enjoy this opportunity to pick the brains of our famous Greenwich Village cheese mongers, and taste the fruits of their labor. Drinks and other light refreshments also provided.

Free for Members at the Sustainer Level ($250+) only.

Join now at the Sustainer Level, or increase your current membership, to enjoy this evening at Murray’s
! Reservations required - call 212-475-9585 x35.
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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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