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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.

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2018 Spring House Tour Benefit

2018 Annual Meeting & Village Awards

Past Programs





Climate Change Resiliency - Preserving our Neighborhoods and Beyond
Monday, April 23, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm
Hoerle Hall at The New School University Center, 63 Fifth Ave




We will talk, learn, and strategize around climate change resiliency, specifically as it impacts the Village/Lower Manhattan and look at what various communities and organizations are doing to move us forward in this effort. What is being done, what needs to be done, and how can we get involved to make changes in this critical effort that may determine the future and survival of our communities?
Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy will moderate this panel with Aziz Dehkan, Executive Director of NYC Community Garden Coalition; Felicia Young, founder of Earth Celebrations; and Lynn Englum, City and Policy Manager at Rebuild by Design.

Free. This program is currently full - sign up for our Waitlist.

Sponsored by GVSHP, Gardens Rising, Earth Celebrations, and The New School's Tishman Environment and Design Center.

This event is fully accessible.




Storefronts of New York II Images and Anecdotes: Book Talk with James and Karla Murray
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm
Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy St at 7th Ave South




Take a photographic journey exploring the Village, as we turn our sights to New York's iconic small businesses. The city's bars, restaurants, cafes, venues, and shops, and their stories behind them are historically and visually significant in their own right. The Murrays' vibrant photography and personal interviews in Store Front II deepens the work of their acclaimed books, Store Front and New York Nights.
Karla and James Murray are photographers, artists, and authors whose books have earned accolades and awards. Their work has been exhibited around the world and in the New York Times, London Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Magazine and The New Yorker.

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online.


This event is not fully accessible.




Jane's Walk: Planning and Preservation on West 14th Street

Friday, May 4, 6:00pm
RSVP for meetup location.




West 14th Street has been home to many communities, styles of architecture, storied establishments and more. Since 14th Street is a border street - the Village on the south and Chelsea on the north - Save Chelsea's President Laurence Frommer and GVHSP's Director of Research and Preservation Sarah Bean Apmann are teaming up. Join them to explore the nooks and crannies of a street teeming with public art and murals, the first Spanish-speaking Catholic parish in New York City, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the gorgeous Art Deco Salvation Army building which was only recently landmarked (finally!), and much more.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible.

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online.



LGBT Bar Crawl: Christopher Street and Beyond
Thursday, May 10, 5:30pm
$25 - tickets at gvshp.org/lgbtbar. Register for meetup information.




Get buzzed on LGBT history with GVSHP's Brokers Partnership! Expert tour guide Phil Desiere will lead us on a trip around the west side and its watering holes to raise a glass and awareness for how each site added to the neighborhood's reputation as a place of openness, acceptance, and resistance. While the Stonewall Inn plays one of the largest roles in this history, it is not the only establishment to serve the community and help in the fight for recognition and equality. Ticket fee does not include drink purchase.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online.




Chino Garcia Oral History and Screening of CHARAS is Alive on Spaceship Earth
Friday, May 11, 6:00pm
Loisaida Center, 710 E 9th Street

Lower East Side History Month



GVSHP's Oral History Project helps to preserve memories of the Village and East Village. Our newest release features Carlos "Chino" Garcia, co-founder of the East Village's CHARAS El Bohio Cultural and Community Center. Chino will join us in conversation with Bonnie Sue Stein, Executive and Artistic Director of GOH Productions. They will discuss Chino's life and activism, from youth and migrant communities in the 1950s to the education-focused Real Great Society, the founding of CHARAS in the 1970s, and more.
CHARAS first built domes in collaboration with Buckminster Fuller in 1972. Artist and scholar Matthew Mottel will present his short documentary about CHARAS based on archival footage ofSeyus Mottel (his father), working on the Improbable Dome Builders.
We will close out the evening with a musical performance by William Parker & Jackson Krall, "Sitting In the parking lot.”

This event is fully accessible.

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online.



Elizabeth Blackwell Historic Plaque Unveiling Ceremony
Monday, May 14th, 6:00pm
58 Bleecker Street

Lower East Side History Month



Join GVSHP to unveil a historic plaque to mark the site of The New York Infirmary for Women and Children, the first hospital for women, staffed by women, and run by women, founded by Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell. Blackwell was the first woman in America to receive a degree in medicine, blazing the trail for the entry of women into medicine and focusing her work on public health efforts for the poor and working classes. The hospital provided free care for women and children, and instruction for women studying for their medical degree.
Speakers will include:
Andrew Berman, Executive Director of GVSHP
Carey Bloomfield, the great, great niece of Elizabeth Blackwell. Carey continues the family engagement in social and philanthropic causes with her thirty-year professional career in non-profit fundraising and active membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and Women in Development. She was President of Group I Directors of Development, League of American Orchestras, and is a Trustee of the Dana Hall School and Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard.
Jen Weintraub is a digital archivist and librarian at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Harvard University where she coordinates work with born-digital materials while expanding the already robust work to digitize the Library's collections. She served as the chairperson of the Schlesinger library's 2016 exhibition Women of the Blackwell Family: Resilience and Change. She has also held digitization-focused positions at Yale University Library, among others. She holds an MLIS from University of Michigan and a BA from University of Chicago.
Betty Bayer is an expert on the intersections of women's history, psychology, science, religion and spirituality, Bayer has explored the abolitionist and women's rights movements, and their common history in central New York. Recognized for her outstanding teaching, Bayer received the Colleges' Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2004 and the Community Service Award in 2009. She has served as the chair of the Women Studies Program since 2001 and directed the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men from 2002 to 2009. A former senior fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Study of Religion at the University of Chicago, Bayer earned her Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. in psychology from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible.

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online.



Curator Tour: Yaroslava Surmach Mills at the Ukranian Museum
Wednesday, May 16, 12:00-2:00pm
Museum of Ukrainian Art and Heritage, 222 E 6th Street

Lower East Side History Month



Yaroslava Surmach Mills (1925–2008) was a Ukrainian American artist whose career spanned nearly sixty years. A graduate of The Cooper Union, Yaroslava was born to Ukrainian immigrant parents who owned a bookstore on East 7th St. Her unique reverse glass paintings, depicting Ukrainian folklife, were adapted from an ancient method for creating folk icons. Her professional career branched into several other fields such as book illustration, calligraphy, iconography, stained glass design, and more. Celebrate the upcoming East Village Ukrainian Festival (May 18-20) with this tour, followed by a trip to Veselka.

This event is fully accessible

This program is currently full - sign up for our wait list.



Members Only Event ($100+ Level) – Elaine de Kooning: Quintessential New Yorker & Art World Catalyst
Thursday, May 17 6:30pm
Salmagundi Arts Club, 47 Fifth Avenue




Cathy Curtis, author of A Generous Vision: The Creative Life of Elaine de Kooning, will share her expertise in this half-hour illustrated talk focusing on the New York years of the wife of artist Willem de Kooning, followed by a discussion and refreshments. Elaine de Kooning was a noted painter and art critic in her own right and a vivacious hostess whose wide range of friends flocked to her loft parties. Several pieces of Elaine's original work will be on display and Cathy's book will be available for sale and signing.

This event is not fully accessible.

To register, email rsvp@gvshp.org or call 212-475-9585 ext. 25
Not a member at the $100 level but want to attend? Join or increase your support at gvshp.org/donate.




The Golden Age of 2nd Avenue Screening
Wednesday, May 23, 7:00pm
Or Zarua Synagogue, 127 E. 82nd Street

Lower East Side History Month



A film by Morton Silverstein, "The Golden Age of 2nd Avenue" celebrates Yiddish Theater in America from the Bowery to its 2nd Avenue heyday. Rare footage of 2nd Avenue and scenes of Yiddish plays, movies and actors Paul Muni, Celia Adler, and Molly Picon are included. Narrated by Herschel Bernardi, with introductory remarks by Rita Silverstein and Sharon Lebewohl, the screening is intended to draw attention to the campaign to preserve the Abe Lebewohl Yiddish Theatre Walk of Fame.
Learn more at gvshp.org/yiddish.
Sponsored by Friends of Abe Lebewohl Yiddish Theatre Walk of Fame, Congregation OrZarua, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and Friends of the Lower East Side.

This event is fully accessible

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online.



GVSHP Annual Meeting and Village Awards
Wednesday, June 6, 6:30pm
The New School, 66 West 12th Street




Each June GVSHP holds a community-wide celebration, consisting of its Annual Meeting and Village Awards presentation. The Village Awards recognize the very special people, places, businesses, and organizations that make a significant contribution to the quality of life in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. We will also review GVSHP's accomplishments and work from the past year. Reception to follow.
More at www.gvshp.org/awards.
This event is hosted by the New School.

This event is fully accessible.

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online.



Book Talk: Lou Reed, A Life with Anthony DeCurtis
Wednesday, June 13, 6:30pm
The Bahá'ís of New York City, 53 East 11th Street




Renowned musician Lou Reed invented alternative rock music, at once a source of transcendent beauty and coruscating noise, speaking to millions of fans and inspiring generations. Music critic Anthony DeCurtis will read from his biography Lou Reed: A Life and reflect on the icon he knew personally and interviewed extensively. The book is an unflinching and balanced look at Reed's complex life, including plenty of tabloid-ready tales, as well as insight on major moments in his career. DeCurtis tracks Reed's five-decade career, traveling deep into his defiantly subterranean world. Gritty, intimate, and eloquent, Lou Reed is an illuminating tribute to one of our most incendiary artists.

This event is fully accessible.

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online.




St. Vincent's Project: Novenas for a Lost Hospital
June 12 - 15 and 17, 7:00pm
Rattlestick Playwright's Theater, 224 Waverly Place




Written by Cusi Cram, with additional collaboration by Kevin Hourigan, Scott Johnson, Guy Lancaster, James Scruggs, and Daniella Topol, and starring Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America, Wit), Saint Vincent's Project: Novenas for a Lost Hospital is inspired by those who dedicated their lives to care and those who were lost. Guided by Elizabeth Seton of the Sisters of Charity (played by Chalfant), the piece theatrically explores the 161-year history of the hospital. The play uses theater as a vehicle to remember, to honor and to celebrate the life and impact of St. Vincent's Hospital.
Produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (www.rattlestick.org), in partnership with GVSHP and St. John's in the Village, the piece will also feature ensemble members of the Stonewall Chorale.

This event is not fully accessible.

Tickets are $10. For tickets and more information, please visit www.rattlestick.org.



Walk and Draw Summer Series First Tour: the Musical East Village
Saturday, June 16, 3:00pm
RSVP for Meetup Location



This summer, join artist and villager Nick Golebiewski for a series of three walk-and-draw tours connected to the arts in the East Village, Greenwich Village, and the West Village. We'll be expanding on "Nick's Lunchbox Service," his Instagram project, now in its fifth year, in which he posts one drawing a day. On this first tour, stroll through the East Village and let Nick lead you to Charlie Parker's house, the site of a Led Zeppelin album cover, a Velvet Underground venue, and some other architectural gems in the vicinity of Tompkins Square Park. Nick will provide sketching tips and tricks as you try your hand at the task. No artistic ability or experience necessary!

Attend one or all three.
The series will be followed by a September exhibition of participants' artwork at the Hudson Park Library.
July Tour: Visual Art of the Village and Washington Square Park
August Tour: Literary West Village
Dates and details to come!

These events are outdoors and sidewalk accessible.

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online.



South Village Walking Tour: Architecture and Italian Culture
Monday, June 18, 2:00pm
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The South Village, south of Washington Square Park, is what many people picture when they think of Greenwich Village. Much of the charm of the South Village comes from its many original Italian-American businesses, some started over 100 years ago and now run by third and fourth generations. Images of the neighborhood contribute to such films as Godfather II, Raging Bull, Serpico, and Moonstruck. Join scholar and guide Joyce Gold to explore the enduring Italian-American presence, history, and architecture of the South Village Historic District, a neighborhood with a history that includes African-Americans, Irish-Americans, Italian priests, shop-owners, musicians, and politicians.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible.

This program is currently full - sign up for our wait list!




Jefferson Market Garden Party
Wednesday, June 20, 6:00pm
70 Greenwich Avenue

Tickets are $25 at gvshp.org/gardenparty and include wine & light refreshments



Join the GVSHP Brokers Partnership for a 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. 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 the Bobby Lynn Quartet. Throughout the evening, Jefferson Market's Historian Jack Intrator will give tours of the historic library.

This event is fully accessible.

Reservations Required. Register Online.



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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