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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

Celebrating the Public at 50 with a showing of Illyria
and talkback with GVSHP Executive Director Andrew Berman

Sunday, November 19, 1:30pm at The Public Theater Purchase

Join The Public and GVSHP for a matinee performance of Illyria, followed by a panel discussion with Andrew Berman, Executive Director of Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, to celebrate the former Astor Library's landmark designation, renovation, and reuse as The Public Theater, as told through Tony Award winner Richard Nelson's play about a forgotten chapter of The Public Theater's history. We will discuss the impact that Joe Papp and his ideas had on the nature of preservation, the neighborhood he loved, and the need for a Public Theater.
In the play, it is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom. A young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals, self-inflicted wounds, and anger from the city's powerful elite as they continue their free Shakespeare productions in Central Park. From the creator of the most celebrated family plays of the last decade comes a drama about a family held together by the simple and incredibly complicated belief that the theater, and the city, belong to all of us.

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How New York Vanished:
From the Citizen to the Consumer City with Jeremiah Moss

Thursday, November 30, 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Theresa Lang Center at The New School, 55 W 13th Street
Co-sponsored by The New School

Hailed by Vanity Fair as "Essential Reading," Jeremiah Moss's Vanishing New York is an unflinching chronicle of gentrification in the twenty-first century and a love letter to lost New York. This book talk will illuminate Jeremiah Moss's studies and draw lines from the past to the present, addressing how we got here, how this history manifests in our present day, and what we can do about it. Jeremiah's expertise and passion for these beloved neighborhoods is presented with what the Village Voice calls a "mixture of snark, sorrow, poeticism, and lyric wit." Propelled by Moss' hard-hitting, cantankerous style, Vanishing New York is a staggering examination of contemporary "urban renewal" and its repercussions—not only for New Yorkers, but for all of America and the world. Q&A and book signing to follow.

Free. Sign up for our Wait List here.

Books will be for sale at the event thanks to Three Lives and Company Bookstore.
This event is fully accessible.

West Village Holiday Lights and History
Thursday, December 7, 6:00-7:30 pm
RSVP for meetup location

The lights are twinkling, the sun sets early, and, led by walking tour guide Joyce Gold, we will take in the sights and appreciate the unique history and charm of the West Village. The West Village is a landmarked preserve with its hidden gardens, a complex web of streets, and a house 9½ feet wide. From its parks to its quiet side streets to its holiday-festooned boutiques, this neighborhood is the perfect place to soak up and appreciate the warm holiday spirit.

Free. Click to add your name to our wait list.

This event is outdoors and accessible.

An Incomplete History of Protest:
Selections from the Whitney's Collection, 1940–2017
A private guided tour of the exhibition

Saturday, December 9 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at The Whitney Museum of American Art

Through the lens of the Whitney's collection, An Incomplete History of Protest looks at how artists from the 1940s to the present have confronted the political and social issues of their day. Whether making art as a form of activism, criticism, instruction, or inspiration, the featured artists see their work as essential to challenging established thought and creating a more equitable culture. Many have sought immediate change, such as ending the war in Vietnam or combating the AIDS crisis. Others have engaged with protest more indirectly, with the long term in mind, hoping to create new ways of imagining society and citizenship. Join GVSHP in an in-depth look at the exhibition guided by one of The Whitney's Teaching Fellows. Participants are also invited to enjoy an exclusive 10% discount on everything in the Whitney Museum of American Art Shop on Saturday December 9th. Find the perfect gifts for family, friends, and colleagues; stock your library with the latest art publications; or treat yourself to artist-inspired collectibles available only at the Whitney.

Free for GVSHP Members at the Contributor Level ($100+) only. Join now at the Contributor Level for a private, guided tour of the exhibition.
Reservations required.
This event is wheelchair accessible.

A Special Invitation, a Century in the Making:
A Salmagundi Club Open House

Sunday, December 10, 2:00 – 6:00 pm Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue

Have you ever wondered what's going on behind the elegant façade at 47 Fifth Avenue, the former Irad Hawley Mansion? As the Salmagundi Club celebrates one hundred years in this landmark double-wide 1853 house, you're invited to venture up the steps to see the art exhibits, experience the public cultural events, and take in the ambiance of the historic building, decorated festively for the holidays! Explore the club's library, the original owners' 19th century dressing rooms, the vintage bar, art galleries, and double parlor with its exquisite ornamental plasterwork. Docents will offer unique insights into the history of this Village institution. View historic artists' palettes and mugs (featured on Antiques Roadshow), the club's 22 fireplaces, as well as the historic Thumb Box Show, comprised of hundreds of small paintings by some of today's' prominent realist painters. Discover hidden original details rarely on view and enjoy food, drink, holiday music, and good company.

Free and open to the public. RSVP required.
Co-sponsored by the Salmagundi Club, GVSHP, and the Merchant's House Museum.
This event is not fully accessbile.

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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