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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 Comedy Night - March 12th

Continuing Education for Real Estate Professionals

2018 Spring House Tour Benefit

Annual Meeting & Village Awards

Past Programs

A Fillmore Happening: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fillmore East
Thursday, March 8, 6:30-800pm
Theater 80, 80 St. Mark's Place.

Fifty years ago, on March 8, 1968, the Fillmore East opened its doors and changed the city and the music world. The Fillmore is remembered with great affection by artists, employees, and concertgoers alike as a place of warmth, spirit, innovation, and the finest music. The great Bill Graham brought performers including The Doors, B.B. King, Tina Turner, The Grateful Dead, Janice Joplin, Pink Floyd, and many more.
Join us for a celebration of the three years that the Fillmore East defined the music scene, with master of ceremonies Rolling Stone music critic Anthony DeCurtis along with Joshua White of Joshua's Light Show, booking agent Jonny Podell, photographer Elliott Landy and photogropher and Fillmore employee Amalie Rothschild. With them, we will enjoy, celebrate, and remember.

Tickets required: $15 general; $10 for GVSHP members (members, email us for the code). Purchase online here.

Visit the William Barnacle Tavern before or after the event for a drink or a Feltman's hot dog.

This event is fully accessible.

Illustrated Lecture: Journey of Hope, The Irish in New York with Tara Ryder, Ph.D
Tuesday, March 13, 6:30-8:00pm
Church of Saint Brigid-Saint Emeric, 119 Avenue B (SE corner of 8th Street)

Take a multimedia look at the history and culture of the Irish of New York from their immigrant beginnings to the present day. To escape religious persecution, poverty, and famine, waves of Irish immigrants arrived in New York from the 18th century on. By the mid-19th century, one-quarter of the City's population was Irish. Their journeys are reflected in the shared experiences of all immigrants coming to America.
Tara Rider earned her Ph.D. in history from SUNY Stony Brook, where she is now the director of their international academic programs to both Ireland and England.

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online.

The Church of St. Brigid was built in 1848 by Irish immigrants for those fleeing the Great Famine

Co-sponsored by the Merchant's House Museum

This Public Scholars event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This event is fully accessible.

Bar Historians in Conversation: McSorley's and Julius'
Friday, March 16, 6:30-8:00pm
The bar at the Salmagundi Arts Club, 47 5th Ave

Hoist a pint with bar historians Tom Bernardin of Julius' and Bill Wander of McSorley's, two storied Village bars founded in the mid-1800s. Tom and Bill are holders of bar histories spanning generations. Their taverns have seen sawdust on the floors and horses waiting outside to surviving prohibition, sip ins, opening up to women and LGBTQ folks, and much more. With humor and curiosity, Tom and Bill will share and compare some of the juicy (and boozy) details of these establishments and their incredible photo collections. They will delve into what they've learned, people they've met, and the bars' roles in shaping their neighborhoods, while also illuminating the particularities of being bar historians.

Free. This event is currently full - please sign up for our wait list!

This event is not fully accessible.

Women Poets of the Village: Candlelight Reading at Cherry Lane Theater
Women's History Month at GVSHP

Monday, March 26, 6:30-8:00pm
Cherry Lane Theater, 38 Commerce Street

In 1924, a group of theater artists and the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay commissioned the conversion of a West Village box factory into the Cherry Lane Playhouse, home to some of the most groundbreaking moments of theater. It is from this stage that we'll gather by candlelight to celebrate the trailblazing women poets of the Village including Millay, Emma Lazarus, Audre Lorde, Marianne Moore, Sonia Sanchez, Lola Ridge, Grace Paley, and many others.
We will be joined by the incredible New York poets Stephanie Berger, April Bernard, Elaine Equi, Angelina Fiordellisi, Diana Goetsch, Marie Howe, Deborah Landau, Elizabeth Macklin, Terese Svoboda, and Kathleen Widdoes, who will offer up readings to uplift these women and change how we see the world around us.

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online.

Sponsored by GVSHP, the Poetry Society of America, The New School Creative Writing Program, and The Poetry Brothel.

This event is fully accessible.

How Gay Girls Owned the Village from the 30s to the 90s - and How They Want (Some of) It Back
Women's History Month at GVSHP

Thursday, March 29, 6:30pm
Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave

Since the 1930s, lesbian culture has flourished in Greenwich Village. This three-part talk will welcome:
Lisa E. Davis (Under the Mink; Undercover Girl: The Lesbian FBI Informant Who Helped Bring Down the Communist Party) will tell the story of self-described "gay girls," welcomed at a number of bars and protected from police by mafia payoffs in the 1930s-50s.
Alana Integlia of Queer Visibility Collective and Dyke Bar Takeover will illuminate her work documenting queer spaces of the Village from the 1970s and 80s, creating space for self-identified womyn, transgender and non-binary people of all races.
Wanda Acosta will show excerpts of film Sundays at Café Tabac, her and Karen B. Song's dazzling documentary of Village lesbian culture in the wake of the AIDS crisis in the 1990s. The essence of "lesbian chic," the film explores that generation's defiance and determination to preserve lesbian spaces in the Village.

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online.

This event is fully accessible.

The Bowery – Past, Present & Future on NYC's Oldest Street: An Illustrated Presentation in Word & Song
Wednesday, April 11, 6:30pm
Cooper Union's Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square (at 7th St)

Native American footpath, Dutch farm road and site of NYC's first free Black settlement, the Bowery stretches 1.25 miles from Chatham Square to Cooper Square. It was an early hub for the working class, gangs, gays, and immigrants. It has seminal links to dance, theater, baseball, streetcars, tattooing, Irving Berlin, Abe Lincoln, and Harry Houdini. In the 20th century, it helped launch Beat literature, Abstract Expressionism, and punk rock. It is one of NYC's most architecturally diverse streets, and now one of America's most endangered. Program includes a talk by David Mulkins, vintage songs sung by Poor Baby Bree, and conversation with architectural historian Kerri Culhane, celebrating five years of the Bowery's listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online.

Sponsored by GVSHP, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, Merchant's House Museum and Cooper Union.

This event is fully accessible.

Immigrant Heritage Day East Village Walking Tour with the Urban Archive App
Tuesday, April 17, 6:00pm.
RSVP for meetup location

On April 17, 1907, more immigrants entered the U.S. through Ellis Island than any other day in history. Now, April 17 kicks off NYC's Immigrant Heritage Week. In celebration of this day and the many ethnic immigrant groups that have come to the Village over the years, we will walk in our immigrant forbearers' footsteps and see what they saw, as only the Urban Archive App allows us to do. With the app as our guide, we will explore sites including the old Yiddish theater, immigrant houses of worship, Little Germany, and more, and we'll meet business owners whose paths to the Village created the landscape we see today.

Free. This event is currently full - sign up for our waiting list.

Sponsored by GVSHP and Urban Archive.

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible.

April Members Only Event ($100+ Level) – Curator Tour of Peter Hujar: Speed of Life at The Morgan Library

Wednesday, April 18, 12:00pm
Morgan Library, 225 Madison Ave at 36th Street

The life and art of Peter Hujar (1934–1987) were rooted in downtown New York. Private by nature, combative in manner, well-read, and widely connected, Hujar inhabited a world of avant-garde dance, music, art, and drag performance. His career paralleled the public unfolding of gay life between the Stonewall uprising in 1969 and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. In his loft studio in the East Village, Hujar focused on those who followed their creative instincts and shunned mainstream success. He made, in his words, "uncomplicated, direct photographs of complicated and difficult subjects." Peter Hujar: Speed of Life presents one hundred and forty photographs by this enormously important and influential artist from his beginnings in the mid-1950s to his central role in the East Village art scene three decades later.

To register, email or call (212)475-9585 x25.

This event is fully accessible

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, Director of Garden's Rising; Felicia Young, founder of Earth Celebrations; and Lynn Englum, City and Policy Manager at Rebuild by Design.

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online.

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.

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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