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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 Spring House Tour Benefit

Spring Comedy Night

Annual Meeting & Village Awards

Continuing Education for Real Estate Professionals

Past Programs

Village Comedy Night
Tuesday, April 25th, 7:00. – 9:00 p.m.
The Village Underground, 130 West 3rd Street

Join us for a special night of comedy benefitting GVSHP & The Rebecca Daniels Scholarship for Real Estate Continuing Education. Comedians who will grace the GVSHP stage have appeared on Louie, Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Join GVSHP, Villagers, and comedy lovers from across the city for a fun night that supports education and preservation awareness in the real estate community. Comedians featured will include: Chris Distefano, Paul Mecurio, Gina Brillon, Marc Gerber Jeff Leach, and more! Full lineup to come. Visit for more details.

$45. Reservations required.
[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]

Can They Build That?
Panel Discussion about the Board of Standards and Appeals
Thursday, April 27th, 6:00. – 8:00 p.m.
NYU Silver Center, Hall 300
31 Washington Place

What is the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals? What do they regulate? And what goes into their considerations of variance applications? This obscure city body holds tremendous sway over what gets built in New York City. Property owners, developers, and institutions can apply to the BSA to extend beyond zoning limitations to build bigger, taller, or for different uses. At this panel, stakeholders will discuss their experiences with the BSA, as well as current efforts to reform the system. Hear from organizations, labor representatives and residents from different communities that highlight the public need for greater transparency and access to information.

Speakers include Andrew Berman, GVSHP; Kate Wood, Landmark West!; Jonathan Hogstad, SEIU Local 32BJ; Aries De La Cruz, Coalition to Defend Woodside & Little Manila and Council Member Ben Kallos, Chair of Governmental Operations Committee. Co-sponsored with the NYU Department of Art History & Urban Design and Architecture Studies and moderated by Professor Jon Ritter.

Free. Reservations required.
[This event is wheelchair accessible.]

City Council Candidate Night
on Historic Preservation Issues

Monday, May 1st, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Third Street Music School, 253 East 11th

GVSHP and fellow preservation organizations will be holding a forum for candidates for City Council Districts 1 and 2.Elections for all city offices will take place later this year, and the Council District 2 seat will be open due to term limits, while in Council District 1 the incumbent and challengers will be running.

City Councilmembers play an incredibly important role in shaping policy and outcomes regarding preservation and development in our neighborhoods, as well as citywide. It’s critical that Councilmembers and Council candidates understand that preservation and sensible development is a key issue to those they seek to represent, and a strong turnout at this forum will help send that message. It is also an incredibly useful opportunity to hear from and pose questions to the candidates for these vitally important offices.

Free. Reservations required.
[This event is wheelchair accessible.]

Dishing Up the East Village
walking tour
Saturday, May 6, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Join expert tour guide Dana Schulz as she takes you on a journey through the East Village, peeling back the layers of the cultural gastronomy scene that has made this neighborhood exceptionally eclectic (and delicious!) for so many years. Explore the history of several immigrant groups who established restaurants in the city to serve their own community and, in the process, changed the flavor of the city. Learn little-known facts about the famous and infamous, and discover how the emerging food scene of today reflects the chan­ging cultures of the neighborhood. Along the way, you’ll get to taste what these spots are serving up. Stops will include John’s of 12th Street, Moishe’s Bakery, and Curry Row.

Free. Reservations required.
[This event takes place entirely on city sidewalks. It is fully accessible. For detailed accessibility information, please contact 212-475-9585 x35.]

East Village Community Garden Tour
Saturday May 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The East Village/Lower East Side is considered the nation’s birthplace of the modern day community garden movement and boasts an impressive collection of fifty-three gardens! Each has its own personality and purpose. Join us on this walking tour of several community gardens that will showcase plants, people and cultures that make them such a vital component of their neighborhood. Learn about their collective and individual histories, what it takes to maintain them, and meet volunteer gardeners and organizers who make it possible for the public to enjoy their beauty. Please note this is a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Co-sponsored by the Community Garden District NYC.

Free. Reservations required.
[This walk is accessible; it is includes some rough sidewalk and garden terrain. For detailed accessibility information, please contact 212-475-9585 x35.]

East Village Political Art:
The Murals of La Lucha Continua
Tuesday, May 23rd, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 
City Lore, 56 East 1st Street 

In 1985, Eva Cockcroft, founder of Artmakers Inc., gathered 29 self-described “activist artists”  to create 26 political murals on eight vacant buildings overlooking the La Plaza Cultural community garden (Avenue C, between East 8th & 9th Streets). Known as La Lucha Continua (The Struggle Continues), the murals addressed six themes: gentrification, police brutality, women’s issues, U.S. interventions in Latin America, apartheid in South Africa, and immigration. Today, the garden is thriving.  But while the issues that inspired La Lucha remain of deep concern, only two of the murals remain, their paint cracked and faded. Join Jane Weissman - Artmakers member, mural historian and exhibition curator - to discuss the vital role the murals have played in the community.  We’ll explore the social, political, and cultural context in which the murals were created, and look at the neighborhood today and how the issues addressed in the murals have remained and evolved. Co-sponsored by City Lore. This presentation coincides with an exhibition at The Loisaida Center celebrating the continued relevance of the La Lucha murals.

Free. Reservations required.
[This event is fully accessible.]

Walk and Draw:
An Artist’s Tour of Greenwich Village
Saturday, June 10, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Artist Nick Golebiewski posts one Instagram photo each day – a quick sketch, usually something architectural he spotted while walking in his West Village neighborhood. On this fun stroll, let Nick show you the ropes as he leads you on a hunt for charming Greenwich Village details to sketch, including West Village townhouses, the Washington Square Arch, and even a trip up to the top of the Jefferson Market Clocktower. Along the way, Nick will give you sketching tips and tricks as you try your hand at the task. No artistic ability or experience necessary! Pens and pocket sketchbooks, yours to take home after the tour, generously provided by Jerry’s Palette Shop.

Free. Reservations required.
[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]

Gay Greenwich Village
Walking Tour
Saturday, June 17, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

This walking tour will take you to the places where gay men and women have lived, loved, worked and partied since the late 19th century in Greenwich Village.  The Stonewall Riots that erupted in late June of 1969 announced to the world that the Village was the epicenter of gay life and gay liberation. But this was not news to the gay men and women who had called the Village home for generations. Explore the history behind a first lady’s circle of friends; a closeted multimillionaire; well-known and lesser-known artists, poets, photographers and musicians; New York City elected officials and political activists; and much more. Tour guide Phil Desiere will focus on the gay community of Greenwich Village, but the celebrated art, architecture, and culture of the neighborhood will also be explored.

Free. Reservations required.
[This event takes place entirely on city sidewalks. It is fully accessible. For detailed accessibility information, please contact 212-475-9585 x35.]

Plaque Unveiling at 27 Cooper Square
Tuesday, June 20, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
27 Cooper Square

In the 1960s, this 1845 former rooming house became a laboratory for artistic, literary and political currents, including growing activism among African-American artists. Writers LeRoi and Hettie Jones, their Yugen magazine and Totem Press, musician Archie Shepp and painter Elizabeth Murray all had homes here.  The vacant building was transformed into a vital hub of cultural life, attracting leading figures including those from the Beats and the world of jazz. It was also the childhood home of a second generation of East Village artists and thinkers.

In partnership with Two Boots Foundation, GVSHP will salute 27 Cooper Square with a plaque commemorating this important history. A short ceremony will precede the plaque’s unveiling; speakers include Hettie Jones, who still lives at 27 Cooper Square.

Free. Reservations required.
[This event takes place entirely on city sidewalks. It is fully accessible. For detailed accessibility information, please contact 212-475-9585 x35.]

Jefferson Market Garden Party
Tuesday, June 27, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
70 Greenwich Avenue

Join the GVSHP Brokers Partnership on Wednesday, June 29th for a wine and cheese garden party in one of Greenwich Village's hidden treasures.

Nestled in one of New York’s busiest corners, the Jefferson Market Garden is a surprisingly peaceful oasis. Join GVSHP and the Brokers Partnership for this annual favorite and treat your senses to the beauty, colors and scents of the garden’s tranquil natural setting. Resplendent with glorious blooms throughout the seasons, the garden provides the perfect setting to enjoy wine, cheese, and live music by Bobby Lynn Quartet. Throughout the evening, Jefferson Market’s Historian will give tours of the historic library.

[This event is fully accessible.]

Village Book Club: Christadora by Tim Murphy

An ambitious, time-traveling novel textured with the detail and depth of a writer who spent years reporting from the front.” – Boris Kachka, New York

Read Christadora with GVSHP’s first-ever book club! Reserve your spot in June – the only requirement is that you plan to read the book.  Emailed benchmarks will keep you on track, and as you read you’ll receive discussion notes, insights, and historic context via email from GVSHP and the author himself. Read the book with your fellow GVSHP supporters, and engage in explorations of the real-life history and inspiration for Murphy’s compelling novel. In August, a concluding event will feature a final book discussion and a Q&A with the author.  “An ambitious, time-traveling novel textured with the detail and depth of a writer who spent years reporting from the front.”

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.

Free. Reservations required.
Purchase Christadora at GVSHP favorites Three Lives (154 W 10th), Bluestockings (172 Allen), and The Strand (828 Broadway).
(Or, borrow from your local public library!)

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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