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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





East Village Gardens Walking Tour
Sunday, July 1, 11:00am and 2:00pm 
RSVP for meetup location:
11am RSVP
2pm RSVP




The East Village/Lower East Side boasts fifty-three community gardens, each with its own personality. This neighborhood, considered the birthplace of the modern American community garden movement, is one whose lush gardens reveal so much about the community, art, collaboration, and environmental work in our neighborhoods, and much more. Learn about these gardens' 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.
Our guide, Ayo Harrington, is an issues-based organizer and community land developer. Harrington has a life-long commitment to social justice and a background in performing arts (including Sweet Honey in the Rock!), and has cleared garbage-strewn lots to build community gardens. She has been involved with numerous community organizations and associations in New York City, including LES Ready and Gardens Rising.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. There are no restrooms in any of these gardens. 

Reservations Required - RSVP for the 11am Walk
Reservations Required - RSVP for the 2pm Walk  




The Immigrant, Radical, Notorious Women of Washington Square Walking Tour, Led by Joyce Gold
Thursday, July 19, 6:30pm
Meeting location provided with RSVP




In few other places on earth have so many notable women lived and achieved. For the last one hundred fifty years, the area around Washington Square has seen an unparalleled variety of remarkable women – working class, gentry, radical, literary, academic, theatrical, convict, and immigrant – who left their imprints on their environs and the world. Highlights of the talk include literary, art, and theater iconoclasts; the salon of Mable Dodge, a center of WW I-era activism; the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and its role in the labor movement; and the suffrage movement.
Joyce Gold teaches Manhattan history at New York University. She is the author of From Windmills to the World Trade Center: A Walking Guide through Lower Manhattan History and From Trout Stream to Bohemia: A Walking Guide to Greenwich Village History.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

This Program is Currently Full - Sign Up for our Wait List



Walk and Draw Summer Series Parts 2 and 3:
Visual Art of the Village and Washington Square Park in July;
Literary West Village in August

Saturday, July 21, 3:00pm
Saturday, August 11, 3:00pm

Meeting location provided with RSVP 




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 these tours, stroll through the neighborhood and let Nick lead you to sites that hold artistic and literary significance while enjoying the architectural gems along the way. Nick will provide sketching tips and tricks as you try your hand at the task. No artistic ability or experience necessary!
Attend one or both. The series will be followed by a September exhibition of participants' artwork at the Hudson Park Library. Stay tuned for details! 

These events are outdoors and sidewalk accessible.

Art supplies generously provided by Jerry's New York Central.


RSVP for July 21 Walk and Draw

RSVP for August 11 Walk and Draw



Athens in Manhattan: The Role of Greek Revival Architecture in Early New York City Walking Tour & Garden Reception at the Merchant's House Museum
Wednesday, July 25
5:00pm: First Walking Tour
6:00pm: Garden Reception for all
7:00pm: Second Walking Tour

Merchant's House Museum, 29 East 4th St



America turns two hundred forty-two this year, and even if we start counting from the arrival of the Dutch in 1642, New York City is less than four hundred years old — a baby by global standards! As a burgeoning metropolis in a young republic, 19th-century New York sought to strengthen its position in the world by connecting itself to history — especially Ancient Greece, regarded as the birthplace of democracy. So Greek Revival architecture was born, linking New York to the glorious "Golden Age" of Athens in the 5th century BCE.
Educator and tour guide Andrew Coletti will lead an evening focused on Greek Revival architecture in and around the 1832 Merchant's House Museum, itself an exemplar of this style. We'll learn about specific features of Greek Revival and compare Ancient Greek civilization with the ideal presented in 19th-century America. 

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible.

Co-sponsored by the Merchant’s House Museum


This Program is Currently Full - Sign up for our Wait List



Historical Meander from the Bowery to Alphabet City
Wednesday, August 8, 6:30pm
Meeting location provided with RSVP



From the Native Lenape to street art; gentry townhouses to immigrant tenements; street grid to street markets; Kleindeutschland to Losiaida; natural topography to community gardens and more, we will make use of four historical maps to guide our explorations into this historic area:    
* The 1767 Ratzer Map    
* The early 19th century Randel Composite Farm Map    
* The 1811 Plan Map    
* The 1874 Viele Topographical Map
This interactive tour will highlight the many layers of history that came before, and that continues to define these areas today.
David Schmidlapp, our guide, is a downtown artist and a Village resident of 45-plus years. He is also a licensed New York City tour guide who does photo and walking tours, which are always seeking insights and hidden treasures amongst our well-trodden cityscapes. 
Find David online at www.nycfototour.com and www.lapphoto.com.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible  


This Program is Currently Full - Please Sign Up for our Wait List!



Get Lit! West Village Literary Pub Crawl
Friday, August 10, 2:00pm
Meeting location provided with RSVP 




After 20 years of research and tours, the Literary Pub Crawl knows that few neighborhoods have as varied and influential histories as Greenwich Village. It has been home to revolutionaries, social commentators, labor movements, feminists and suffragettes, jazz and blues music, painting, and debauchery. On this tour, we will hear the stories, poems, and prose that made the Village an epicenter of the literary movement in America for over 100 years. Go deep into these movements, spots, and figures, and lift a glass along the way! Literary Pub Crawl's in-depth knowledge and underground cult status has brought passion for history, literature, and drinking to the Village since 1998. Their Greenwich Village tour is the oldest continuously operating walking tour in the Village!



This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

This Program is Currently Full - Please Sign Up for Our Wait List



Curator Tour of David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night
Thursday, August 16 at 4:00pm (please arrive by 3:45pm)
The Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street 




Enjoy a tour with one of the Whitney's Educational Fellows. This exhibition is the first major, monographic presentation of the work of David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) in over a decade. Wojnarowicz came to prominence in the East Village art world of the 1980s, actively embracing all media and forging an expansive range of work both fiercely political and highly personal. Although largely self-taught, he worked as an artist and writer to meld a sophisticated combination of found and discarded materials with an uncanny understanding of literary influences. First displayed in raw storefront galleries, his work achieved national prominence at the same moment that the AIDS epidemic was cutting down a generation of artists, himself included.
This presentation will draw upon recently-available scholarly resources and the Whitney's extensive holdings of Wojnarowicz's work. Hosted by the Whitney Museum.

This event is fully accessible  



This Program is Currently Full - Please Sign up for our Wait List.



Members Only Event ($100+ Level) –
Vintage Neon Signs of the West Village Walking Tour

Thursday, August 23 at 6:30pm
Meeting location provided with RSVP




Walking through Greenwich Village in the evening, the neon signs give the streetscape an unmistakable ambiance. These vintage neon signs have advertised businesses since the 1920's. Some have been beautifully restored; all are in perpetual danger, as are their small business homes. We will explore the signs of the West Village, where the streets and their displays are denser than in other neighborhoods, atmospherically heralding some of the most stalwart restaurants, bars, and small businesses. Our walk will take place at dusk when the signs look their best. We will learn about the signs' histories, materials, designs, origins, and futures. 
Thomas Rinaldi, our guide, is the author of New York Neon and co-author of Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape. His photos have been exhibited and published broadly, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN Online, Municipal Art Society, and more. With degrees are from Georgetown University and Columbia University, Tom has worked for the National Park Service, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, and more. He now works as an architectural designer.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk 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.


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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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