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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.

Continuing Education for Real Estate Professionals

2018 Spring House Tour Benefit

Annual Meeting & Village Awards

Past Programs

New York Deco with Tony Robins
Wednesday, October 18th, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Avenue

The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, Rockefeller Center– these are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments that, during the 1920s and ‘30s, helped create the image of New York City as the world’s Modern Metropolis. In New York, Art Deco evolved through a series of Manhattan skyscrapers into the city’s chief architectural language. Following a massive reawakening of interest during the 1970s, New York’s Deco buildings survive as prized remnants of a distant yet modern past that still help define the city’s visual identity. And while Greenwich Village isn’t exactly known as a Deco mecca, not even the quaint Village could escape the popularity of this 20th-century style.

Join Tony Robins, expert tour guide and author of New York Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture, for this exploration of our Art Deco world. He’ll discuss famed skyscrapers including the Daily News, Empire State, General Electric, American Radiator, and RCA Buildings; and then trace the adaptation of this “skyscraper style” from apartment buildings on the Bronx’s Grand Concourse and airport terminals at LaGuardia to charming Deco parking garages, diners, hotels, banks, and theaters. Purchase Tony’s book at the event and have him sign your copy.

Free. Reservations required.

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Members Only! Speed Levitch's Greenwich Village

Saturday, October 21st. Tours at 2pm and 4pm.

Join fellow GVSHP members for a tour experience you’ve surely never had before! Half tour, half performance, Speed’s romp through Greenwich Village will explore not only the sights and history of the neighborhood but also the philosophy, the aura, and the culture. Speed’s tour is a choreography and celebration of a neighborhood that developed more around a set of ideals than specific sites or boundaries. Experiencing the neighborhood’s streets in new and random ways, we’ll conjure the euphoric and progressive atmosphere for which Greenwich Village is so famous.

Timothy “Speed” Levitch is an actor, tour guide, speaker, author, voice actor, and Kansas City and New York City tour guide. The name “Speed” was given to him by a childhood friend and quite accurately describes his unique style as a speaker and tour guide. A New York City native, Levitch graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and has Levitch has appeared in multiple films. He received his tour guide license in 1992 and has been giving tours ever since. He’s attracted  a cult following, due not only to his fast talking style but also for his obvious love of his native city and his passionate philosophical ideas.

Free for members of GVSHP only. Call 212-475-9585 x35 to reserve.

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New: Family Program: Story Time, Art Project, and The Glorious, Notorious, Mysterious (But Not So Serious) Family Scavenger Hunt!
Sunday, October 22, 2:00 - 4:00pm at Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Avenue

Join GVSHP for our family program, Story Time, Art Project, and The Glorious, Notorious, Mysterious (But Not So Serious) Family Scavenger Hunt! Turrets, gables, paper bags ... and a big orange splot? What is happening at the Jefferson Market Library? Join us for a fun filled family program, Sunday, October 22nd from 2-4 pm. Discover why Mr. Plumbean's house looks like "all his dreams" as we read the beloved children's classic,The Big Orange Splot. Then follow mysterious clues on a family scavenger hunt and head outside to 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 like Mr. Plumbean's house, it's filled with surprises! Finally, turn inspiration into a paper bag creation - and your own architectural sensation. Art supplies and colorful splots will be provided!
This is not a drop off program - CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

Reservations required. Free.
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Twenty Years Later: Preserving Federal Houses

Tuesday, October 24th, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street
co-sponsored by the New York Landmarks Conservancy

It was twenty years ago, in October 1997, that GVSHP first received funding from Preserve NY, a grant program of the Preservation League of NY State and the NY State Council on the Arts, to research and document the remaining Federal style (1790-1835) houses in Lower Manhattan. Ever since, preserving federal houses has been a special part of GVSHP’s mission, whether within the boundaries of our neighborhood or beyond. The years of research and advocacy since the 1997 grant yielded the landmark designation and/or State and National Register of Historic Places listing of 136 Federal style houses, including ten historic districts and thirteen individual landmarks. To mark the occasion, GVSHP has released a comprehensive report on all 136 Federal houses. Susan De Vries, now a researcher, writer, and a building historian, began the Federals research as a GVSHP intern twenty years ago and eventually expanded the project into her master’s thesis. She will be joined by current GVSHP staff members and others to discuss the long and arduous road towards trying to protect these charming and hearty survivors in the Lower Manhattan landscape. This program is co-hosted by the NYU Department of Art History & Urban Design and Architecture Studies, and co-sponsored by The American Friends of the Georgian Group.

Free. Reservations required.

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Marcel Duchamp in the Village - 50 Years Later Artist Serkan Ozkaya in conversation with poet Robert Fitterman
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6pm at Chess Forum, 219 Thompson Street

Photo: Robert Fitterman and Serkan Ozkaya

For twenty years, Marcel Duchamp secretly worked on his final art piece, Étant donnés, in his New York City studio. After his death on October 2nd, 1968, his close friends and the world were stunned to find, hidden in his studio on East 11th Street in the former St. Denis Hotel, the completed Étant donnés, an elaborately detailed and beautifully disturbing room-encompassing tableau, which could be peered at through two peepholes upon entering the room. Four years ago, Serkan Ozkaya imagined Étant donnés as a camera obscura. What if the peepholes weren't only peepholes? (When has Duchamp's work only ever been one thing?) What if the peepholes were also meant to project an image? Ozkaya built a scale model to see; to his surprise, the projected image resembled a face. He further secured the studio in which the piece was originally completed. This month the idea has been tested in situ and Will Wait will also be publicly presented at Postmasters Gallery from October 21st through November 25th.
Join artist Serkan Ozkaya and poet Robert Fitterman for a conversation about Duchamp's enigmatic final work and contemporary artists' response to it. Ozkaya and Fitterman recently curated a collection of works from twenty-six artists and writers that respond—implicitly and explicitly, artistically and scholarly—to Eìtant donneìs in the Fall issue of Public Journal, called PUBLIC ATTENDANT A to Z. Those works and Ozkaya's will inform the conversation; copies of the Public Journal will be available for purchase.
Chess Forum is the perfect venue as chess featured throughout Duchamp's career, from his early painting Portrait of Chess Players to Reunion, the performance/chess game he staged with John Cage in 1968, and Duchamp frequently played the game in Greenwich Village.

Free. Reservation Required.
[This event is fully accessible.]

Astor at 50 Street Festival

November 1, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Co-sponsored by the Village Alliance/Astor Place & Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
The "Alamo" Cube turns 50! Join the official birthday party for the iconic sculpture by Tony Rosenthal, installed in 1967 as part of the "Sculpture and the Environment" project, organized by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Share your birthday wishes, celebrate on the sidewalk, create and collage mini spinning cubes, fold origami cubes, learn the history of the Cube with mini-walking tours around the square, keep the cube spinning for charity, and much more!
Free and open to the public. RSVP here.
This event is outdoors and fully accessible

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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